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Jane Sommerville
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Colour-loving, Edinburgh-dwelling digital marketing manager with a penchant for design, crafting, good food travel and all things Scandinavian. One day I'll explore the world, but for now I'm happy poking around the nooks and crannies of Edinburgh and writing about it with my friend Katey on our blog Edinburgh Etiquette.

I also spend more time than is probably productive daydreaming of the owning a wee Westie called Wilbur...
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I've dined at Chaophraya twice now and thought it was great both times. The restaurant itself is pretty glamorous and glossy, with stunning views over Edinburgh, so it's a nice special occasion place (although both times have been have been last minute when I'm just kicking about in jeans and I didn't feel underdressed). It's a little on the pricey side but for the atmosphere, setting and food it's worth it. Both times I've had the pad thai, which aside from a little too much vegetable garnish faffing about on top was very tasty, and the satay starter was amazing - skewers of seafood, chicken and pork to dip in a crunchy peanut dip (non of that gloop you get in supermarkets). The cocktails are also out of this world - my favourite is the Yok Lor which is like drinking raspberry jam - absolutely gorgeous. I dare say you probably get better Thai food elsewhere but overall, it's a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Absolutely cracking meal here. I had bibimbap, a spicy vegetable and mince stir-fried rice dish served in a hot stone bowl, which was lip-smackingly moreish and packed with scrumptious ingredients. Friends had beef curry and udon noodles which were also both pronounced top notch. The dishes were prefaced with some free (or included) nibblies including soup, kimchi and pickles. The decor is a total hotch potch so don't expect to dine in style and we were served by one surly teen (although the owner is incredibly warm and chatty) but neither detracted from the enjoyment of the experience. It's substance over style, but substance at it's very best.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Friends sang the praises of Dusit, squirrelled away next to the Bon Vivant on Thistle Street, and when I finally made it I wasn't disappointed. We shared starters - fishcakes, glass noodle spring rolls and duck and mango (there were other more unusual options on the menu but we were starved and wanting to choose quickly, so stayed in familiar menu territory!) - and all were terrific, served with delicious dips that had a real kick, and put memories of luminous red supermarket sweet chilli gloop firmly to bed. My main was Pad Thai - incredibly hot, but very tasty, with beautiful juicy king prawns. Finally dessert - the irresistibly named "ebony and ivory" - a gorgeous coconut black rice pudding with coconut ice cream. I've never tasted anything like it, and it brought a welcome bit of sunshine to a bone-chillingly freezing day in Edinburgh. Booking is absolutely essential, especially at the weekend, and you'd be advised to do it well in advance - we booked Wednesday for the Saturday night and had to settle for a 9 o clock sitting. We had a long wait to get seated despite booking a table, but other than that the service was flawless. I'll be back!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Former home to a less-than-salubrious old man's pub, the Blackbird is a sparkling new gem - and extremely welcome addition - to Lothian Road. It's a bar/restaurant from the Hamiltons and Treacle team (who, if you don't know, are local pros in the chilled out drink-and-dine scene) and the Blackbird has plenty of their signature quirky style (stylised blackbird wallpaper on the ceiling, anyone?), cosy ambience and top notch gastro pub grub. I went along for dinner on Friday and enjoyed beautifully cooked Asian-style salmon fillet, whilst my friend chowed down an extremely juicy classic beef burger with crispier-than-crisp fries. Lots of flavour, cracking presentation, and all served by a lovely waitress who fell over herself to be helpful and attentive. If you don't feel like eating then there's plenty of comfy-looking sofas and chairs to sit back and sup away. Can't wait to go back - so thrilled it's my new local!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I rarely write reviews (preferring word of mouth to share the love, or, less frequently, the not-love) but had such a fantastic experience at Field this evening I felt compelled to commit my thoughts to a platform with a little more permanence. What a great place. Simply yet elegantly styled, it's a cosy place (with I think maybe less than 30 covers) that serves fantastic Scottish cuisine made from great ingredients. I enjoyed a fricasee of wild mushrooms on a warm brioche, topped with a fried duck's egg, followed by a top quality steak cooked to perfection (without wanting to offend anyone, I like mine still mooing - but I have no doubt those who love their meat a little more well fired would be totally satisfied too). For vegetarians, there were lots of scrummy looking options - I was havering and very nearly went for saffron gnocchi with purple potato and olive (plus lots of other lovely veg that I sadly don't remember). Dining companions had similarly sublime starters and mains. My mum's beetroot-cured salmon was a particularly glorious standout but it was all fantastic. A special word must also go out to the owner (one of them), who greeted us with overwhelming warmth and friendliness. She looked genuinely delighted to have us as a guest and was thrilled to bits that we enjoyed our meal. We had several short chats and it is clear that Field is a labour of much love. Food is obviously the name of the game but customer service like that is the very special icing on the cake. I hope Field remains in Edinburgh for many happy years to come. Please support it - I guarantee it will be no chore to do so. Recommended times a billion.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Crumbs, what a Lovely place. My truly dreadful punnage aside, this is such a great cafe - don't let its not very glamourous neighbours put you off. The Cake Wardrobe mentioned by other reviews is indeed chock full of homemade, unusual and carefully thought-out sweet treats - I've enjoyed raspberry and goat's cheese layered sponge (it works!), rose and raspberry Victoria sponge and a truly unforgettable melt-in-the-bouche damp blueberry and lemon cake. Plus the decor is fab - with exposed wiring, stripped walls, mismatched crooked furniture and vintage tea sets, Lovecrumbs bucks the overdone trend of cutesy Cath Kidston country kitchen and brings a bit of bite to vintage design. It's always packed but well worth a ten minute wait for a table, and if you get fidgety feet then pop next door to fabulous retro clothing boutique Herman Brown!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My favourite sit-in place for Japanese food in Edinburgh. A little snuggled away but well worth a visit off the beaten track of South Clerk Street. Must tries are the okonomiyaki - a sublime fried vegetable pancake with a glorious Japanese version of brown sauce, agenasu, which is aubergine with a sweet miso sauce, and the dragon roll is pretty top-notch too. Nice minimalist decor with kitschy Japanese elements (think packets of toy sushi and a smattering of Hello Kitty), and it's always got a great atmosphere even on quieter early week nights. Bookings are a must on the weekend.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago