Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Piecebox, Edinburgh

I have found a new favourite: Piecebox in Polwarth. A cafe that just appeared from nowhere, one day we just realized that it was there, a new tempting looking place to munch and lunch! Hooray!
I sometimes dream of opening my own cafe/bakery/deli type of a place. If I did, it would be something like Piecebox, for sure. Home baking beautifully displayed, delicious food made from scratch, open kitchen and friendly staff who seem to make everybody feel welcome from the minute you walk in. And no need to mention well thought and hip corporate identity and decor.
So we popped in for lunch on a sunny day during the week. I had a chicken pesto salad with avocado and mozzarella, Fentimans 'mandarin and Seville orange' and a cappuccino. Perfect and not too filling as I had my eyes on something sweet to have after....
 ...this for dessert, the thing that melted my heart: Banoffee pie, served in a jar. How cute is that! And what's that in a jug? Extra sauce... oh my goodness it was GOOD. Mr Lovable had a massive scone with homemade kiwi jam.
 They have got everything spot on: tempting menu, must have homemade cakes&pastries, amazing staff, quick&friendly service, their food is good, coffee is good... yeah, everything is good.
 open, clean kitchen

all day breakfast at weekends

homemade jams

2 Polwarth Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 1HW - 0131 629 6284

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Amore Dogs, Edinburgh

Finally we got to try one of the three dogs of Edinburgh, the Amore dogs, other ones being The Dogs and Seadogs all owned by the same man, David Ramsden.
 At lunchtime on a Saturday we managed to get a table for two by the window after a short wait.
I ordered the 'Spicy salami pizza' from the lunch menu, Mr lovable had pasta, both were lowly priced and delivered to the table very quickly. Our portions looked very plain and quite small but the food was delicious and ended up being perfect size for quick lunch.
 I love the decor of this place: lots of white walls, original features and space...
 ... mixed with small and big colourful details like crazy wallpaper, cushions and antique&modern  furniture.
 As for dessert, if there is a Tiramisu on the menu I have to have it. This one was just slapped on the plate like the mains but was moist and tasted beautifully boozy.
Bye bye dogs, until next time!
  affordable and quick

dog themed, slightly mad decor

staff wearing their own clothing 

104 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR - 0131 220 5155
 
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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Hotel du Vin Bistro, Edinburgh

Valentine's day was here again and we wanted to go somewhere half decent for a dinner. 
Last summer we stayed at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate and thought it was rather nice. Ever since then we had it in our minds to try the Edinburgh one for a meal. 
We skipped starters and just ordered a basket of bread instead, which was a beautiful selection of freshly baked breads.
 We both had the 'Hdv beef burger with bacon and cheese, served with pommes frites and homemade tomato ketchup' for mains. Does it look good in the photo? Yes, it was good, very good. Unfortunately and extremely unlikely to me I had not much appetite that night, so I had to leave most of it... such a shame, but more of a reason to dine here again!
 Appetite or not, I always manage to find room for a dessert, so creamy and sophisticated  'Lemon panna cotta' it was and 'Irn Bru Turkish delight' to go with it... something different.
 romantic atmosphere

feels like you were in France

'I think. Therefore I du Vin.' 

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EZ - 0131 247 4900

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Craigie's farm, South Queensferry

 Craigie's Farm deli and cafe in South Queensferry is one of our favourite places to go. It's surrounded by fields and behind them is woodlands where there is walking paths to walk the dog and build up an appetite.
They have a farm shop where you can buy goodies to take home and a cafe that is always busy. Homemade cakes, steak pies, quiches, salads, sandwiches, soups and roasts, something for everyone.
 We sat outside (in the rain!) and had our sandwiches, mine had cheese and coleslaw in it, served with crisps and Craigie's chutney, which is to die for.
 No meal is complete without a slice of cake, this time it was a chocolate one. Slightly dry it was but I have tried couple of their other ones before and they have been much better.
And one of the main reasons we come here these days is this...
... we can sit outside, enjoy our lunch and take Haggis the Dog with us! There she is, hiding under the table...
farm shop and deli full of goodies

you pick your own berries in the summer months 

lots of seating outside 
West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TR - 0131 319 1048

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Céleste Restaurant, Prague

 Very unique Dancing house is one of the few new modern buildings in Prague. We were lucky enough to get a chance to dine all the way at the top of the Céleste Restaurant in a private dining room, from where we had spectacular views around us.
 Oh, and how is this for travelling in style?
 
From our hotel to the restaurant we took in this old tram, where we sipped mulled wine and listened to live harmonica music as we drove along the icy streets of Prague.
To start off the dinner there was an amuche bouche of Foie gras, followed by a beautiful bowl of 'Soup of coco beans from Paimpol with poached quail egg and Espelette pepper'.
For mains, 'Simmental beef fillet noisettes with white Swiss chard, black trompette and red wine sauce'. I kept closing my eyes when eating this, it had to be one of the best bits of meat I have ever had in my life.
To end this meal was 'Carpaccio of clementines, almond ice cream, orange blossom cream, orgeat white clouds and Amaretti biscuits', great harmony of almond and citrus flavours. And then there was cheese, which I'm not mad for.
Everything at Céleste is just fabulous: the venue, the view, food, service. Fabulous. They somehow manage to make you feel special without making you feel intimidated, and that's not an easy thing to do. If you appreciate good food and ever get to visit Prague you simply must eat here.
 staff's attention to detail

most efficient head waiter I've ever seen

delicious bread selection

Rašínovo Nábřeží 80, Prague 2 - 267 912 475