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Edinburgh’s Oloroso restaurant is rolling out its twice monthly gourmet wine dinners. On Monday 5 March, fine wine merchant Friarwood hosts a night of burgundy, while on Monday 26 March Edinburgh’s own Villeneuve Wines brings along Australian winemakers Shaw + Smith and Mitolo. All dinners start at 7pm with aperitifs. For more information and booking, call 0131 226 7614 or visit the website: www.oloroso.co.uk
Wines are also on the minds of the staff at the Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry. Owner/chef Craig Wood has slated the next wine tasting evening for Tuesday 3 April. Details are yet to be given, but contact the restaurant for more information (01383 616263).
Launched in Glasgow last year, the online restaurant booking/meal bidding operation Price Your Meal has now come to Edinburgh. Go to www.priceyourmeal.com to take part in an eBay-style auction of lunches and dinners at participating restaurants, such as North Bridge Brasserie, Agua, Indigo Yard and Suruchi.
Following delays, the £1.1 million renovation of the once derelict Maid of the Mist has been completed and Cruz Bar and Restaurant has opened. Moored at the Shore, Leith, Cruz has a piano/cocktail bar and lounge as well as a lower level dance space. Atop it all is a dining room and terrace. Running the operation is Steve Legget, who has long experience in the New Town, while Eric Lionnet is head chef. Lionnet’s creations tend to use Scottish ingredients in Mediterranean-influenced recipes. Opening hours are noon-1am Monday to Sunday. To book a table, call 0131 553 6699.