The Dining Room I’d been for a lunch in the old days of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society’s dining room when it was located on the ground floor of their signature Queen Street townhouse premises. I’d had a bit of an odd experience and came close to criticising a members club for being too much …

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The Marshmallow Lady When we first started writing Lunchquest, the original idea – not to say the working title – was He Ate, She Ate. We weren’t looking to evoke gendered dining preferences but to give a dual perspective. With MJ and I this manifested as “precise in her requirements” (she) and “will shove anything …

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El Paso When a keen-eyed regular reader spotted the arrival of El Paso, just beneath The Table, on Dundas Street, he was quite insistent that I visited at my earliest available opportunity. Exterior Labelling itself a tapas bar offering Mexican Latin fusion food with cocktails, the exterior is brash to the point of garishness. I …

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Holy Cow This was not my first visit to Holy Cow, the vegan cafe on Elder Street. I’d popped in a few months ago and been a little baffled by their approach to menu design which featured descriptions comparing their offering as vegan equivalents of bacon sandwiches, fish burgers and the like. Exterior I’d tried …

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Jade Garden I’d heard good things about Jade Garden, most notably in a blog post from my friend Nicola which focussed on some of the weird and wonderful items that lurk in the darker recesses of the menu. On a dreich Tuesday, I went to check it out. Exterior The place is strongly geared towards …

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