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Situated at the top of the Royal Mile where the road forks beneath the castle, this is a coffee stop with a difference. It is the International Festival headquarters, with a slice of arts and crafts commissions. The resulting modern makeover has arguably enhanced the beauty of the old Gothic church building. The signature colors of red, yellow and blue make a vibrant impact. While you scoff your mussels with saffron, and pore over the wine menu, you can admire the contemporary glass and light works around you. Extra seating is available alfresco during the festival.
Amid all the partisan arguing and political maneuvering regarding Kurdistan's role in the Iraq situation, it can be easy to forget that Kurdistan is a place with a culture and a history and a people - and a cuisine. Hanam's goes a long way toward filling that hole in your base of knowledge - and that hunger in your belly. Specialties are filled with traditional ingredients like alubia beans, okra, sultanas, aubergines and courgettes. Choose from hearty stewed-vegetable plates and savoy shish kebab platters. For a more complete overview of Kurdish cuisine, opt for one of a number of set family-style meals. Wash it all down with a glass of beer, wine or champagne. Corsage is free. See website for menus, photos, home delivery info and more on Kurdish culture.
The restaurant 'Maison Bleue' is located in the heart of historic old town of Edinburgh. Wooden staircase and interior design adds character and gives the real sense of old Edinburgh. The cuisine offered at Maison Bleue is a mix of French, North African and traditional Scottish. Chef's here incorporate the contemporary style of cooking for each region so as to maintain the authenticity of respective dishes using fresh local produce.
Howie's formula is both very beguiling and extremely popular - there are three other incarnations in Edinburgh. This one offers a very reasonably priced three-course set menu which changes each day. The ambiance manages to balance sophistication with an endearing intimacy. The cuisine draws on both French and Scottish traditions, creating a pleasing mix of the earthy and the flamboyant. There is a good choice of wines which are consumed with gusto during lively evening sessions. Look out for more special offer meals during the winter months.
The Witchery by the Castle serves modern Scottish cuisine at its finest. The spooky Gothic-looking decor in the evocative medieval building makes for a theatrical occasion. This is an Edinburgh institution set in one of the best locations in town, a short distance from the looming Edinburgh Castle. Summer allows for idyllic alfresco dining in the downstairs Secret Garden. The food has won many coveted awards and deserving so. To enjoy the Witchery experience for a knock-down price, ask for the light lunch or theater dinner menu.
Doric Wine Bar & Bistro is a popular joint behind Waverley Station and opposite the Fruitmarket Gallery. Whatever your preference, the varied Euro-British menu is sure to fuel your discourse whilst the wine helps it flow. The bar is tucked away upstairs, its cozy feel makes it a favorite retreat for contemplative intellectuals and the press. So, go ahead, discuss Proust or Picasso, disclose some star's sordid secrets or just relax and watch the mix of characters.
Whiski is an award winning bar and restaurant situated on the Royal Mile. The bar features the most exotic collection of whisky, wine, beer and other cocktails. The restaurant serves delicious Scottish meals ranging from lamb, beef to special Scottish preparation of seafood and haggis. So visit the place to check out their collection of drinks paired with Scottish live music.
Located in the huge Apex City Hotel, Agua offers a traditional dining experience to tourists of Scotland. From breakfast dishes and a la carte presentations to the Valentine Gourmet and fixed price menu, Agua's expert chefs use natural and fresh ingredients in all preparations. The bar gives you a chance to sip your drink peacefully as you look over the Grassmarket area through its big windows. All in all, a relaxing and delicious experience. For online bookings, log on to the Apex website.