SCOTTISH BLOGGERS DINE AROUND SCOTLAND

With all the amazing restaurants taking part in Dine Out Scotland it can feel a bit overwhelming to know which one to book first.

To help you choose among the excellent dining options, we’ve partnered with top Scottish bloggers who all dine extensively across the country. What better way to get some insights than by asking the foodie experts themselves?

Follow Scottish bloggers on their quest for the ultimate dining experience in Scotland from 20th May to 2nd June. Each of them tried a restaurant taking part in Dine Out Scotland and share their comments with you below.

- Review 1 -

Emma and Mark of Foodie Explorers Blog try Two Fat Ladies City Centre

What kind of foodie you are: I think we are serious amateur foodies. We like to go out and try different places instead of the same places all the time, there’s so much to try and taste out there, if we go back somewhere it has to be good. We are passionate about food but it doesn’t stop us from sitting in front of the TV with cheese on toast either.

Favourite cuisine: Mark is a big fan of Thai food, which we haven’t written about enough on the site. I like Italian, the current trend for pizzas is a hit for me.

Favourite 5pm restaurant: Cripes that’s like picking your favourite kid! We are big fans of 111 by Nico as well as Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery.

A few words about your blog and social media accounts: We can be found at Foodie_Explorers. It’s a mixture of food and travel. Not too serious and we like to concentrate on the food and the view, not us. We’re usually hiding from the camera.

Your experience at Two Fat ladies

Why did you choose this restaurant?

We had previously dined at Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery and loved the quality of food on offer, the surroundings, the service and the price.

Have you dined at Two Fat Ladies City Centre before?

No, this was our first time. Now I wonder why it took so long!

What was your first impression when you arrived?

Classic but also a relaxed atmosphere.

What did you order?

Cullen Skink & St James Smoked Salmon, gin poached fruit, wasabi mayo and soda bread.

Salmon fillet with roasted broccoli, spinach puree and red pepper coulis Seabream fillet with samphire and scallop roe sauce.

What did you drink?

Glass of house rose, perfect for the weather.

How would you rate the service?

Friendly, approachable and attentive but not intrusive.

What was your favourite dish?

The salmon fillet was delicious. A good portion of salmon with a tasty crispy skin which was perfect with the red pepper coulis.

If you were to go back what would you try next?

Think I’ll go for the smoked salmon starter, gin fruits and salmon - what more do you need!

What did you think of the restaurant’s setting?

The restaurant has a good location for public transport being within walking distance of both rail and bus. Near to shopping and cinema/theatre if you are there.

What was the highlight of your meal?

The crispy salmon skin and juicy flesh was perfect.

Final comment?

Impressed again with Two Fat Ladies group. Relaxed and classic setting and food. Two Fat Ladies in the City serve nicely cooked fresh fish with simple tasty accompaniments.

Dine Out Scotland Offer at Two Fat Ladies City Centre:

£15.95 for 2 Courses + Glass of Wine

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- Review 2 -

Edible Edinburgh try Taisteal

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Type of foodie: Edinburgh’s most popular!

Favourite cuisine: It swings weekly but let’s go Italian for this week.

Favourite 5pm restaurant: Pizza Posto.

A few words about your blog and social media accounts: The philosophy of the Edibledinburgh account is to help bring to light new and existing culinary delights in this beautiful city in a fun and playful manner, as Laughter and Great Food were born on the same day.

Your experience at Taisteal

Why did you choose this restaurant?

The menu was very creative and different food is always a definite.

Have you dined at Taisteal before?

No.

What was your first impression when you arrived?

Very welcoming staff with a subtle interior that showed the focus was on taking the customer on an artistic jouney of culinary delights.

What did you order?

To start:

Sweet and sour sweetbreads

Grilled asparagus, shitake samosa, ginger and lemongrass hollandaise and hazelnuts

For mains:

Rabbit and pancetta ballotine with rabbit haggis, wild garlic gnocchi, carrots and star anise

Curried cauliflower bhajis with pickled apricots

Sides:

Spicy cucumber salad

Carrots, maple and sesame seeds

What did you drink?

Water—we abide by the law when driving!

How would you rate the service?

Excellent.

What dish did you prefer?

The cauliflower won for sheer creativity in challenging the usually dull vegetarian consensus.

If you were to go back what would you try next?

The lamb looked naughty!

What did you think of the restaurant’s setting?

Well located in the heart of Stockbridge—spent much time gazing at the great variety of dogs being walked down the street of this beautiful part of Edinburgh.

What was the highlight of your meal?

The homemade garlic butter served with the bread at the beginning made us feel warm and excited about what was to come.

Final comment?

Creative culinary conceptions in the heart of Stockbridge—definitely worth a visit.

Dine Out Scotland Offer at Taisteal:

£15.95 for 3 courses

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- Review 3 -

Tatyana Bugayeva of Lafotka Blog tries Urban Bar & Brasserie

Tatyana Bugayeva

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What kind of foodie you are:: I’m a very visual person, so you won’t be surprised that I love pretty-looking, instagrammable dishes. Sometimes if the dishes are as simple as mac n’ cheese, it’s all about the presentation or even crockery with cutlery used by a restaurant that a person who eats with their eyes first will appreciate. Of course, taste is far more important, but I will usually give extra points to those chefs who focus on the aesthetics too.

Favourite cuisine: You can’t go wrong with a great Italian dish, but I tend to go through phases. Japanese, Greek, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines have to be my favourites.

Favourite 5pm restaurant: Rogano. So traditional with delicious food and cocktails and super affordable thanks to 5pm deals.

A few words about your Instagram account: You might stumble across some tasty-looking dish pictures in my feed among all the Glasgow street style fashion and coffee shots. Plenty of Scottish Nature, great places I get to visit thanks to my job and some more fashion. Dining out and dressing up for Dinner Date looks are two of my favourite hobbies.

Your experience at Urban Bar & Brasserie

Why did you choose this restaurant?

Love that it’s so central, always looks busy and especially enticing when it’s sunny.

Have you dined at Urban Brasserie before?

Never dined at Urban Brasserie before and have always wanted to. Heard great things about it from friends.

What was your first impression when you arrived?

Urban Brasserie looks gorgeous from the outside and really warm and welcoming inside. There’s a bar area on the left with a lively atmosphere and restaurant on the right from the entrance. We were welcomed by very friendly staff and shown to our gorgeous booth, which was really lovely as it gives diners some privacy whilst still taking in the venue’s vibrancy.

What did you order?

I ordered Marrbury smoked salmon with Thai jelly, pickled cucumber & rocket to start, Crisp sea bass on a Greek salad for main and Apple & berry crumble crème brûlée for dessert. All three dishes were incredible.

What did you drink?

The Dine Out Scotland deal at Urban Brasserie includes a glass of fizz with each meal, so I started off with that. I then ordered another glass of Chardonnay to enjoy with my fish dishes.

How would you rate the service?

Definitely 5 out of 5. My partner has an allergy and staff made sure that his dishes were clear of one particular ingredient. The reassurance and attention to detail made us relax more. All team members wore white shirts making them look very professional.

What dish did you prefer?

I loved my Seabass on a Greek salad, but must admit my other half’s Roast chicken breast & crushed potatoes with a mushroom & tarragon cream was to die for.

If you were to go back what would you try next?

Roast chicken breast & crushed potatoes with a mushroom & tarragon cream. The sauce was incredible.

What did you think of the restaurant’s setting?

I loved that the restaurant is a walking distance from George Square. The fun weekend atmosphere coming from the bar makes you want to continue the evening there. The outside seating was also lovely - great in the Summer.

What was the highlight of your meal?

Honestly? What a fantastic deal our meal was for such great food and service. £15.95 for 2 courses, a glass of bubbles and all to appreciate quite high standards of great cooking.

Final comment?

The Dine Out Scotland £15.95 deal is really leaving us with no excuse, but to go out every weekend now. What a great way to try out new restaurants. We were so impressed with Urban Brasserie’s food and service and would definitely go back.

Dine Out Scotland Offer at Urban Bar & Brasserie:

£15.95 for 2 courses

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- Review 4 -

Amanda Thomas of Here Comes The Sun Blog tries Bread Street Brasserie

What kind of foodie you are:: Plant-based foodie.

Favourite cuisine: I love Indian, Japanese and Thai!

Favourite 5pm restaurant: Harajuku Kitchen is some of the best Japanese food in Edinburgh.

A few words about your Instagram account: My instagram is mostly a documentation of my travels, the food I eat and the books I read.

Your experience at Bread Street Brasserie

Why did you choose this restaurant?

I saw they were vegan friendly and in a nice location near the castle.

Have you dined at Bread Street Brasserie before?

This was my first time!

What was your first impression when you arrived?

Our waitress was incredibly friendly and welcoming. I was pleased there were huge windows with lots of natural light coming in. We were seated quickly with the menus ready for us to peruse and vegan options clearly explained to us.

What did you order?

We both got the bean tacos and sweet potato fries for our mains (delish) and shared two entrees - a soup and a light salad with cherry tomatoes and an olive tapenade. For dessert we had a selection of 3 sorbets (raspberry, melon and orange) with fresh berries.

What did you drink?

We had gin brambles to begin (flavoured with raspberry and lime) and then shared a bottle of Callia Malbec - a delicious red wine from Argentina.

How would you rate the service?

Our waitress was lovely! She was very knowledgeable about the vegan options and in particular had great wine knowledge.

What dish did you prefer?

I loved all of it but actually the gin brambles and the wine were the most outstanding part for me!

If you were to go back what would you try next?

I would like to go back on their once per month vegan night where they have a large selection of vegan items on offer!

What did you think of the restaurant’s setting?

I liked all the natural light and how spacious it was.

What was the highlight of your meal?

For me it was that the waitress had so much knowledge about vegan options and great wine suggestions.

Final comment?

Would go back again!

Dine Out Scotland Offer at Bread Street Brasserie:

£15.95 for 2 courses on 5pm set menu

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