Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Chop Chop, Edinburgh

"Make sure to keep an adventurous mind when eating here" said the head waiter at Chop Chop when we sat down for dinner on a Sunday night. I raised an eyebrow like I imagine proper food bloggers would do and looked at Mr Lovable, wondering what on earth that meant...
Chop Chop has been on Morrison Street in Edinburgh since 1996 and a while ago they also opened another restaurant in Leith. The place doesn't look like much from the outside and when stepping in it almost feels like a school canteen, with very bright, plain decor and buzzing atmosphere.
We ordered two chicken dishes, 'Crispy Northern Chicken' and 'Chicken with Peanuts', some rice and both fried & boiled dumplings. It didn't take long for our chicken dishes to arrive and they were both nice, crispy chicken being the winner of the two.
Then our dumplings started to appear... at Chop Chop food is brought to the table as it's cooked, so you just tuck in and don't wait around. It is ideal to share everything. We were shown how to mix our own dipping sauce and after my first bite I understood why they are famous for these little parcels.
And then we ordered more dumplings... and some more. They were fabulously seriously good.
There are times when I wish to be able to just keep on eating, without ever becoming full, and having dumplings at Chop Chop was like that.
very attentive service

dumplings, oh the dumplings

asking for a fork was not a problem

248 Morrison Street, Haymarket, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT - 0131 221 1155  
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Monday, 18 October 2010

Urban Angel, Edinburgh

 I have a rare treat for a chef: I have somehow managed to get Sundays off! This is the only day in our week when me and Mr Lovable are both off together so we try our best to make the most of it.
  What's a better way to start a fabulous day off than sleep late, then walk to town in cold, crisp, sunny weather and have brunch? This time, we chose to go to Urban Angel
on Hanover Street. 
  Eggs Benedict with spinach and some black pudding and smoked salmon on the side. Eh, I couldn't really decide what I fancied... what I got was a lovely mixture of salty flavours, homemade Hollandaise and a good start for the day.
  If I ever see a cupcake I have to have a cupcake, there's no way around it.
They have another place as well, just off Broughton street and they are both open from 9 am till late. Both perfect spots for quick, light bite of seasonal food.
 Can't argue with that!
 always busy

good for brunch

  daily specials

121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ - 0131 225 6215
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Thursday, 14 October 2010

Angels with Bagpipes, Edinburgh

On a sunny autumn day I was wandering around Edinburgh's Old Town, doing some shopping and enjoying the quietness that always follows the hectic August and Fringe Festival.
I then took myself for a lunch to Angels with Bagpipes, new addition to Royal Mile's restaurants. Owned by Marina Crolla from the Valvona&Crolla family it offers a modern Scottish menu with an Italian twist.
For my main I ordered 'AWB Fish and Chips with pea puree and saffron aioli', steaming hot fish in a light, crispy batter presented in a quite funky way.
My dessert 'AWB Chocolate mousse, puff candy and Irn Bru sorbet' was a beautiful combination of flavours: rich chocolate alongside refreshing, cold sorbet... and puff candy in the middle. Who could resist that?
 I was seated at the front, next to the bar and later on had a peek of the rest of the place and the same gorgeous, elegant theme continues throughout the restaurant.
 Now I'm looking forward to bring Mr Lovable here and treat ourselves to a dinner!
 quite posh, in a not scary way

prompt, charming waiters

I used to work with two of their chefs!

343 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PW - 01312 201111
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Friday, 1 October 2010

Friday Favourites - Cupcakes from Harvey Nichols

I have a new obsession:
Cupcakes from Harvey Nichols food market.
Made by the Forth Floor Head Pastry Chef, Charlotte Hands.
   At £2.50 each someone could say that they are tad expensive. Or that I should not eat too many as they are packed with calories.
 Rubbish. They are gorgeous, yummy and I deserve them.