Le Bistrot by Patisserie Maxime I remember a couple of joyful visits to Le Bistrot by Patisserie Maxime when they popped up at the French Institute on Randolph Crescent during the Festival a couple of years back. The Institute has recently moved to the old Lothian Chambers on George IV Bridge and Le Bistrot has …

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Uplands Roast My current regular route involves much criss-crossing of the Meadows. I have consequently been rather pleased to discover some good new coffee options on my wanderings. In addition to the excellent Detour, I bumped into George Square police box coffee place Uplands Roast the other day and made a note to return as …

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El Cartel

El Cartel I’m generally a well-behaved chap but there are a few places where I have committed “youthful indiscretions”. I’ve admitted to such things in reviews of Annabelle’s and Nanna Flo’s and, dear readers, I have one more to add the list. The place in question was the Central chippy which is now trading as …

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Bertie’s I recall many glorious post-school days spent in the Victoria Street cafe called Byzantium. It’s where we went to smoke cigarettes, drink crap coffee and generally think we were the coolest teenagers in the world. Since then the premises have been through many changes including burning down when Khushi’s and resurrecting as a Festival …

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Mosque Kitchen Our Beer Man’s Verdict It’s been many years since we reviewed the Mosque Kitchen, so I took the opportunity to revisit this venerable Edinburgh institution when I was in that neck of the woods. While its ethos – quick and cheap communal eating – hasn’t changed since then, there have been some minor …

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