Rupert and Tom, aka The Buck and Birch are a pair of innovative chef-foragers, also responsible for award winning drink Aelder Elixir. They have a depth of knowledge and passion for plants far beyond the current trend for putting some wild garlic on the menu and calling it foraged. This year they are putting on a series of pop-up dinners combining seven courses of wild treats with matching botanical cocktails in collaboration with award winning mixologist Miran Chauhan.
Spoiler alert: it's actually simple, there are two reasons; the food is excellent, and it's great value. Make sure you leave room for dessert.
I'll start this post with a massive hurrah that with the arrival of Dishoom we can finally enjoy delicious Indian food in Edinburgh. Having opened four popular Bombay Irani-style cafés in London, they have now colonised Edinburgh with their winning mix of delicious food, cocktails, casual dining and retro interior. If you would like to try it for yourself, scroll down and subscribe to be in for a chance of winning breakfast at Dishoom.
Away from the bright lights of the city centre you will find Edinburgh's newest steak restaurant, the wittily named Rib Aye, tucked away in a corner of Leith, the location belies the ambition of Chef Colin Hinds, whose focus is impeccably sourced Scottish beef and produce from small farms, along with a careful selection of whiskies and other drinks designed to bring out the best in the ingredients.