Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Saffy's, Ayr

Saffy's location is funny, it took me a while to find the place as they're off the main streets and shops in Ayr. But I was determined to have lunch there, so I was more than happy when I eventually saw their sign on the street.
 It was worth the trek. Saffy's is cafe/bar/brasserie and their menu has got pretty much everything at very affordable prices, even the fussiest eater would find something for sure.
I chose baked crispy pork, couscous and cheese wraps with sour cream and guacamole from their lunch specials and oh my god it was super yummy. So good that I was hoping I could just keep eating and not become full ever...
Their sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream was just a perfect dessert and for once there was enough sauce on my plate. Saffy's is just simply great food made with love and whenever I'm next in Ayr, I know where to go for a meal.

Ayr's best kept secret

really excellent food

very affordable

2 Dalblair road, Ayr, Scotland, KA7 1UL - 01292 288598
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Monday, 25 January 2010

Illegal Jack's, Edinburgh

Illegal Jack's is Edinburgh's new promise for Mexican food, 'Edinburgh's only contemporary Tex-Mex hangout where food quality and service experience are our goals', it says on their website.
Me and my partner in crime, Mr Lovable, had extremely high expectations to get decent fajitas at last, after we have had so many disappointing meals in Mexican restaurants. Maybe this would be the place that would change it all?
The decor took me by surprise, as it is very plain and very modern with long tables and benches, this really is more takeaway place than a restaurant. There is no real cutlery either, just paper cups, plastic forks and soft drinks dispenser that you can help yourself for drinks refill.
Marinated chicken breast, four small flour tortillas served with sour cream, salsa, cheese and guacamole on the side is what we both hopefully ordered. After the first mouthful we both just looked at each other and kept eating. Because we were hungry.
Once again, it was just an OK meal. I really don't get it with Tex-Mex food, people seem to adore this place and we both thought that it was below average. Don't get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the food: just one little thing missing and that is FLAVOUR. Maybe I should shut up and cook my fajitas at home from now on?
Oh, and there is no desserts on the menu. Why is there no desserts, Jack? Why?

heating that was on

 super fast and friendly service

chef that came out of the kitchen to walk around and ask if everybody's food was OK

113-117 Lothian road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AN - 0131 622 7499
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Hamilton's Bar and Kitchen, Edinburgh

Hamilton's Bar and Kitchen has got a feel that it has been in Edinburgh's Stockbridge for ages, so I was quite surprised to hear that it was only opened in 2008. 
Open 7 days a week, from breakfast time until past midnight with a menu that changes monthly it's a place that you can pop in for drinks or coffee, proper meal or for a sandwich, like we did on a Sunday afternoon.
Grey painted walls, comfy sofas, warm atmosphere, lots of corners to chill out and pop art on the walls makes Hamilton's so cosy that nobody ever seems to be in a hurry in here.
Oven roast vegetable ciabatta with goat's cheese and sun blush tomatoes, served with home cut parsnip fries and salad, served up on a wooden board was very good, big portion of food.
This is such a cool, welcoming local bar and it has got recently opened sister bar on broughton street, Treacle, that I've only heard good things about and want to try next.

 
yellow cuckoo clock

funky food presentation 
 
parsnip fries in a wee bucket

16-18 Hamilton place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AU - 0131 226 4199
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Friday, 15 January 2010

Cranachan, Glasgow

Cranachan is a cool, modern cafe located in Glasgow's Princes Square They serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, 'coffee & modern Scottish Fayre', in a very welcoming atmosphere.
  I had a look at their website the night before and the place seemed really interesting. My decision to have late lunch there was made as soon as I saw their purple colour scheme amongst all the other restaurants.
Chicken breast filled with haggis on a bed of new potatoes, with pink peppercorn sauce was one of the dishes on their specials menu and I really enjoyed it. Juicy meat, tasty haggis and sauce full of flavour, you can't go wrong with chicken and haggis put together!
Cranachan is their signature dish, 'fresh raspberries topped with toasted oats, heather honey and whisky bound in luscious thick cream served with buttery petticoat tails'. It was what it said on the menu, creamy and delicious but just a bit too big of a portion for greedy me.
I really want to go back there, this would be an ideal place to take somebody who want's to try 'something Scottish', maybe bring Mr Lovable for afternoon tea. Or do men do afternoon tea?
homemade scones and cakes

super funky interior design

awake and chatty staff

Princes Square, Glasgow G13JN - 0141 248 6257
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