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Andy is spot on about Kitchin, and excellent value, check out the £20 three course lunch ( http://www.thekitchin.com/lunchmenu.pdf ), how good does "Boar head from the Borders, boned and rolled in bread crumbs, served with a fried egg and crispy ears" sound, and a remarkable number of sub £25 bottles of wines for a one star restaurant. ( http://www.thekitchin.com/winelist.pdf ). I'm reminded of a review of Martin Wishart by Nick Nairn a few years ago where he suggested you should go while you can still afford it and the chef is still in the kitchen (still 50% accurate with Wishart's - great food. but a treat rather than a regular destination).

If you are going to Kitchin you will probably need to book well ahead though as I'm going on Thursday and could only get 6.45, back by 9.00pm, table when I booked the best part of a month ago.

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For a great bistrot, check out Urban Angel,

http://www.list.co.uk/restaurants/everywhe...enue/detail.php

For fish check out the Mussel Inn

http://www.list.co.uk/restaurants/everywhe...enue/detail.php

For very modern Indian, check out Roti.

http://www.list.co.uk/restaurants/everywhe...enue/detail.php

It is always worth booking, especially at weekends!

Of course, don't miss the farmers' market on Castle Terrace on Saturday mornings.

The Kitchin currently has an 8 week waiting list for Saturday dining and is full most nights, so book now for a chance!

Enjoy your visit!!

Danielle Ellis

Edinburgh Scotland

www.edinburghfoody.com

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I had lunch with friends in Abstract last week (connected to the place of the same name in Inverness that was subjected to a TV Ramsay-visitation a couple of years back...) The lunch deal was decent value with perfectly presentable food. It's also a good room and offers the kind of attentive service you'd find at a top-end joint. Memorably, it also has faux-crocodile skin table-surfaces! I'd hoped for Wisharts or The Kitchin but we didn't have time to get down to Leith, so this sufficed nicely. It's also a splendid walk up Castle Hill then down Johnston Terrace from the centre...

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The last I heard about Abstract was that the chef, who, on the basis of Ramsay's programme, was the main attraction, had upped and left suddenly. I don't know if the restaurant has suffered as a result.

The Kitchin is certainly where it's at at the moment - must try and get in there soon.

On a sad Edinburgh note, Plaisir de Chocolat has turned up its toes due to financial difficulties. I suspect that the rapid expansion they had in the past couple of years (shops in Melrose, concessions in Manchester, Dubai etc) proved too much for the cash flow

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Just thought I should point out that the - one table left with three weeks to go on a Thursday, in my last post - was down to a table of twelve and Edinburgh University graduation that day (proud mom and pop and little Tarquin's abounded), so it might not normally be that impossible to get into Kitchin midweek. The food was however excellent, and one of the specials was a classic Pig's Trotters Pierre Koffman with mash, not normally a great choice for the end of June but due to the fact it was bucketing down outside almost perfect.

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Thanks for the responses. Kitchin is being refurbished over the next couple of weeks and Martin Wishart is fully booked so we will be trying Fishers, Atrium and Olorosso over the course of next weekend.

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Valvona and Crolla is always worth a visit for good quality Italian

I'd recommend another Contini family business, Centotre, for a leisurely brunch - their Cenerentola fruit cocktail is wonderful, as are their croissants and bruschetti.

And I always try to go back to The Witchery restaurant when in town - it's such an enchanted place, and I've only ever had very good food there.

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