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January 6, 2015
Hardeep Singh Kohli is looking foward to cooking up a storm in Leith.
Hardeep Singh Kohli is looking foward to cooking up a storm in Leith.

As we noted yesterday on the 5pm Dining blog, 2014 was a hectic year on the Scottish restaurant scene and 2015 is shaping up to be just as busy.

Edinburgh’s restaurateurs appear not to have let the Hogmanay celebrations slow down their plans.

The headline news is that the comedian, broadcaster and chef, Hardeep Singh Kohli has announced that he is to open his own Indian restaurant in Leith.

Hardeep’s culinary passions are well known – in addition to his Daily Record recipe column, his stage shows have often involved live cooking and he has broadcast several radio shows centred on food.

We’ll bring you more news as we get it although we wouldn’t be hugely surprised if Hardeep’s news were not unconnected with our next factoid.

The Vintage on the move

The Vintage in Leith has announced its temporary closure while it reboots and installs ‘specialist equipment’. In the meantime, they are aiming to launch their mysterious Leith Lab project on Henderson Street in early February.

At the same time they are looking for city centre premises in which to establish a larger version of their original charcuterie and craft beer offering.

Spit/Fire flying high

Spit/Fire: beer, bourbon, wine, chicken? They got 'em.
Spit/Fire: beer, bourbon, wine, chicken? They got ’em.

Craft beer fans may also want to try out Spit/Fire, a new bar and restaurant which opened on Dublin Street just before Christmas.

From the same team that run The Hanging Bat, the new venture offers beer, wine and rotisserie chicken alongside dishes such as pork belly with roast pineapple, corn bread and jus.

Finally, we will make brief mention of Maki and Noodle, a new… well, the name says it all. The restaurant is taking shape on the site of Yum Yum HK Diner on West Richmond Street.