It is all go in Glasgow as new restaurants race to open for the festive period.
Bearsden has been particularly busy.
A recent arrival is Amici di Carlo, a new Italian deli and casual restaurant on Drymen Road.
As well as pasta and appetising pizza, they serve very good looking cakes and desserts.
We suspect that many an attempt to drop a dress size/trouser size before Christmas will founder at the thought of their tiramisu.
Beaumartin The Cottage
Moving over to Milngavie Road, the team behind the now closed Bistro Beaumartin and Le Chalet Beaumartin have opened Beaumartin The Cottage.
With white-washed walls, parquet floors and muted tartan banquettes, it is a cosy space serving Scottish, French and Mediterranean dishes.
There is an emphasis on organic ingredients and they use Scottish suppliers such as Seriously Good Venison.
Dishes on the festive menu include starters such as wild boar and game terrine or salmon rilletes with a Ricard, lemon and cucumber dressing.
Main course choices at Beaumartin The Cottage include sea bass and salmon in a flaky pastry with a Champagne butter sauce and beef Bourguignon.
Van Winkle awakens
Moving back into the city centre and venturing East, we see that Van Winkle is taking shape in the former Barrowland Bar on Gallowgate.
We are promised a US-style bar serving lots of beer, bourbon, BBQ, pizza and dirty burgers.
All of which we thoroughly approve of.
Finally, for our new restaurant round-up, we are heading out of town and making our way up the West Coast to Oban.
Here, we discover that the Light of India on Stevenson Street is becoming Etive Restaurant.
The new venture is driven by John McNulty who is also the chef patron of The Taynuilt Etive restaurant.
The latter is a restaurant with rooms. Previously The Taynuilt Hotel, its current guise opened at the start of 2017. It has been steadily growing a loyal fanbase for its food ever since.
It will be interesting to see what Chef McNulty and his team come up with in Oban. Opening is pencilled in for late December or January.