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February 7, 2013
The Bonsai Bar Bistro on Edinburgh's Southside is soon to have a Broughton Street brother
The Bonsai Bar Bistro on Edinburgh’s Southside is soon to have a Broughton Street brother

Edinburgh’s Broughton Street always has a buzz about it and the latest news is that Bonsai Bar Bistro, long a favourite with the Southside’s lovers of Japanese food, is opening a new branch in the premises that used to host Siam Thani.

Sushi & sashimi

The menu at the new branch will be identical, think sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, teppanyaki, tempura and gyoza, but, while the original Bonsai can seat 30-40 people, the new one will be able to serve almost twice that.

Refurbishment work is currently taking place but the new branch is scheduled to open around mid February.

At the bottom end of Broughton Street, actually on London Street, Mezz Bar has reverted to its old identity of The Bellevue, the name it was last known as over a decade ago.

Pub grub with a polish

Pub grub with a polish seems to be the order of the day with dishes like the ham hock rissole and Stornoway black pudding served with Hollandaise sauce or the braised lamb shank which comes with crushed potatoes, Savoy cabbage, a rosemary cobbler and red wine gravy.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, the huge high street chain Zizzi are on the verge of launching their latest Glasgow branch. Scheduled to launch officially on Monday, the Royal Exchange Square Zizzi joins the city’s existing Zizzi on Cresswell Lane in the West End and in Princes Square.

The blog has no beef with Zizzi but, if you would rather support local operators, we’ll just mention that Di Maggio’s, the ever popular, Scottish-based chain of family-friendly Italian restaurants has branches on Royal Exchange Square and on the West End’s Ruthven Lane.

You can book them through 5pm here and here respectively. Both branches are currently running 2 courses from their 5pm menu for £10.95.

Di Maggio's city centre: popular, family-oriented Italian
Di Maggio’s city centre: popular, family-oriented Italian