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March 15, 2016
Chef Tony Singh with friend. Picture © Andy Buchanan 2015
Chef Tony Singh with friend. Picture © Andy Buchanan 2015

There have been a few moves and shakes on Edinburgh’s restaurant scene of late.

On the ever buzzy Broughton Street, Eden’s Kitchen has come to life.

It’s a Mediterranean/Greek bistro with an emphasis on natural and organic ingredients. At the moment, some 90% of the produce used in the kitchen is organic and the owners aim to improve on that.

You can browse the menu here. Pizza, pasta, salads, burgers, steaks and main courses such as grilled salmon with pomegranate molasses are the order of the day.

There is also a selection of mezze such as moules marinière, merguez sausage and aubergine tarator, should you fancy doing a little pick and mix sharing with friends.

Two year residency

Heading into the centre of town, Tony Singh is returning to Apex Grassmarket on Monday 21 March.

His Road Trip pop-up went down well at the hotel last August so the larger than life chef has booked back in for a two year residency.

The menu combines Tony’s Scots Asian heritage with recipes he has picked up on his travels. Filipino fishball recipes sit alongside haggis pakoras and Korean chicken wings.

Pretty much all the main courses are under a tenner. One exception is the New Town burger which is billed as being ‘from the posh end of Auld Reekie’ and ‘made with proper well-bred Highland Wagyu beef, topped with truffled onions, cheese and millionaire’s dressing’. Designed to be shared, it costs £19.

Childhood memories

The dessert, or sweeties, selection will stir the memories of anyone who grew up in Scotland. A fiver will get you a tuck shop float: vanilla ice cream with a skoosh of Red Kola, Irn Bru or Lilt plus a ‘wee bag of penny sweets’.

Tony says, ‘I am really looking forward to returning to Apex Grassmarket, it was so much fun in August with Road Trip. It’s all about the food, so get down to the Old Town for a mash up and chow down.’

Tables will be available from noon to midnight, seven days a week. Apex Grassmarket guests can also enjoy Tony Singh room service; possibly the first time that anyone has called a hotel room service and asked for a ‘single fish with broon sauce’.

Of course, you can also book into other Apex restaurants using 5pm Dining.

Agua Restaurant at Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Metro West End in Apex Haymarket and Elliot’s Restaurant at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel can all be booked via 5pm.