Koi teppanyaki restaurant on Edinburgh's Potterrow has turned into the Nawroz restaurant specialising in Kurdish and Middle Eastern food.
The starters menu is packed with fatoush, baba ganush, dolmas and falafels along with heaps of Middle Eastern dishes which are completely new to me. Think along the lines of the Kubba Halab: crushed rice stuffed with minced lamb, almonds, sultanas, onions and spices. The whole thing is deep-fried and served with salad and yoghurt.
Assorted kebabs and dishes from the charcoal grill make up the main courses. Desserts range from delicate saffron ice cream to honey-heavy pastries.
They also appear to have a shisha lounge where you can get busy on a hubbly bubbly pipe.
The arrival of Nawroz gives a definite Middle Eastern flavour to that little corner of town. Beirut Lebanese restaurant is just around the corner and there are a couple of busy little shawarma caffs within a five minute walk.
Just so this post isn't all about Edinburgh, let me point you towards Persia on Glasgow's Great Western Road. Open about a year and a half, it's been well reviewed by the blessed Blythman in the Sunday Herald and 5pm users have rated it a tasty 4.1/5.
They are currently running a 20% discount on their a la carte menu if you book through 5pm.