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February 17, 2009

After a soft opening at the weekend, Tony Singh’s new Edinburgh restaurant opens its doors to the public tomorrow. Called Tony’s Table, the North Castle Street venture is just across the road from his much longer established Oloroso.

While Oloroso concentrates on the top end of the market, Tony’s Table aims for a more family-friendly, easy-on-the-wallet vibe. Comprising a bistro, on-site bakery and next door sandwich shop, the new restaurant dishes up simple, wholesome food such as lamb shoulder with neeps and tatties, Nutella and marmalade pancakes and pork cutlets served with a Granny Smith chutney. The soup of the day is served in a mug. Prices range from £2.75 to £9 for lunch and around £20 for a three course dinner.

In keeping with the homely menu, one of the key features of the restaurant is a large communal table. Previous attempts at communal dining have not always been a roaring success in Edinburgh and you can insert your own joke about the capital’s fabled frostiness right here. However, as economic storm clouds continue to gather, the thought of eating out with a side order of company might seem rather more appealing.