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Joseph Pearce’s

23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA

Hardened patriots might lament this venerable old boozer’s transformation from dingy haven to high-end Swedish ϋber-pub, but only the most misanthropic skinflint can really resent its success. Indeed, JP’s has an uncanny knack of catering to wildly…

Hemma

75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

Meaning ‘home’ in Swedish, Hemma is the latest addition to Mike and Anna Christopherson’s string of Scandinavian style bars. And with its soft furnishings and quirky interiors, it does indeed have a laidback, homely atmosphere, despite the modern feel…

The 13th Note Café/Bar

50–60 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QT

A long-established live venue, the 13th Note mixes cool retro booths in its spacious bar with an ever-so-slightly more formal dining area in the back, while the jukebox battles occasional thumps of bass from basement gigs. Outside of big nights out…

The Tearooms @ The Butterfly and the Pig

151 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4SQ

There is a buzz of excited pleasure as you enter this artfully designed retro dining room; lacy tablecloths, mismatched flowery cups, saucers and teapots provide the setting for groups of friends quaffing fizzy wine and feasting on cakes and sandwiches…

Offshore

3/5 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NU

It’s beginning to test the meaning of careworn slightly these days, but there’s still no café in Glasgow homelier than Offshore, nor even as homely. Hugging the corner of Gibson Street where it crosses the River Kelvin, with leafy views to the park…

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The Espy

62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1HF

There’s a laidback, Australian vibe to the Esplanade – the ‘Espy’ – bar and bistro on Portobello’s beachfront, with its cheery service, beer, burgers, live music and comedy, and tables overlooking, okay, not the Indian Ocean, but the Firth of Forth to…

Nonna's Kitchen

45 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4AZ

Owner Gino Stornaiuolo named his establishment in tribute to his two grandmothers, whose faces adorn the walls of a room in which space has been well exploited. However, it is the contribution of his parents that brings the restaurant to life. While…

The 78

10–14 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow, G3 8NU

Chintzy armchairs, soft blue velvet chesterfields and rustic wooden dining tables give The 78 a homey, inclusive air that spans all generations, no mean feat given the area in which it sits. Dogs, families, and solitary drinkers reading the paper are as…

Banana Leaf

76B Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G3 8RE

You’ve got to trust the food will speak over and above any impressions a style-free, humble interior may give. And trust you do, as seating and feeding hungry customers is a priority from a diner that began as and still is a takeaway. Having grown in…

Woodland Creatures

260–262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL

Balfour’s diehards might be bamboozled when confronted by the enigmatic grey façade that has appeared on this erstwhile drinking den, but there’s no doubt that Leith Walk’s latest addition will soon attract an equally loyal – if somewhat different…

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Café Cossachok

Trongate 103, 10 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QP

What does one expect from a Russian restaurant? Stroganoff? Blinis? Vodka? Perhaps that’s unreasonably stereotypical, but in Glasgow – where Café Cossachok is the one and only Russian eatery – such staples are greatly received and done properly. Instead…

Kama Sutra

331 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HW

Don’t be put off by the entrance – hinting at a restaurant that puts a cheesy theme first – for inside is a colourful, spacious yet pleasantly intimate space. Menus may proclaim 'the food of love', yet the twisted metal table dividers and heavy wooden…

Suruchi

14a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

Ideally placed to capitalise on the pre-theatre crowd spilling over the road from the Festival Theatre, Suruchi has carved a niche for itself that has quite cheerily survived the recent change of ownership. The light and airy upstairs room is brightly…

Bo'Vine Meats and Wines

385 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AU

Despite the beefy name, this atmospheric offshoot of the Hilton Hotel has developed some delicate and subtle touches of late. With foodie flourishes such as pickled cherries, crowdie snow, chicory marmalade, citrus jelly and avocado sorbet sprinkled…

Chop Chop

248 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT

With a plain and pleasant interior that’s more mess hall than Manchuria and a noisy, welcoming buzz about it, Chop Chop has built its popularity and reputation around its homemade dumplings, which are served boiled or fried with assorted, mixed meat…

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The King's Wark

36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU

With a history dating back to 1432, this is one of Leith’s most venerable buildings. Although it has only been in its present guise for a comparatively short 22 years, its stone walls, hardwood floorboards, open fire and dark wooden furniture lend it an…

Origano

277 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8PD

Origano is a bijou alternative to the modern, mass-production Italian restaurant. Although styled as a New York trattoria, the cosy dining room would not be out of place in Greenwich Village or Sienna. Stripped wooden floors and ceilings, simple…

The Parlour Bar

142 Duke Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8HR

Note: as of September 2012, The Parlour Bar's kitchen was taken over by JustLoveFoodLeith. The review below is from the Eating and Drinking Guide 2012, published in April, and so won't reflect the new food offering. Tucked away at the bottom of…

Rivage

126–130 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RJ

Rivage may seem an understated presence from the outside, but there’s nothing low-key about the restaurant’s menu or the kitchen’s execution of it. Husband and wife team Ryad Meeajane and Catherine Thomson look after the kitchen and front of house…

Spoon

6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

Rocking the boho bedsit chic, with elegantly mismatched retro furniture, lampshades and crockery, this is one Spoon that’s unquestionably more loving than greasy. The menu’s packed with wholesome, healthy options, a decent proportion of which are…

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Tanjore

6–8 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9HX

When you head to Tanjore, and it’s heartily recommended you do, there are two reasons to bring an appetite. First, this is where to sample the finest Southern Indian cuisine in Edinburgh. Second, you’ll be tempted to order everything on the enticing…

The Admiral

72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA

This increasingly popular bar has something of a twin persona: there’s the pint and pub lunch side of its character in the traditionally decorated ground level, and then there’s the clubbing side, which sees punters pack into the basement for…

Beirut

24 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BU

Proud to call itself Edinburgh’s first Lebanese restaurant, Beirut offers some of the best-value lunch deals in town. Its keen pricing and reasonable BYOB charges make it an attractive option for anyone looking for interesting food without breaking open…

Bijou

2 Restalrig Road, Edinburgh, EH6 8BN

Bijou came under new ownership in 2011 but both head chef Alastair Berry and the quirky but useful menu formula of offering most items in bijou, medium or large size have remained. The low-key interior features a sprinkling of café-style tables, a small…

Café D'Jaconelli

570 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7EE

'Don’t go changing' was the overwhelming response to this iconic Maryhill café and ice-cream parlour's owner James Evans’ recent request for feedback from his faithful customers. Between the red leather crescent booths, wood-panelling, retro jukebox and…