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December 3, 2018

Tuck in your napkin and munch on Monday's food news round-up.

First up, Mr Wu's Disco Kitchen (main pic from restaurant Facebook) has just opened on Kilmarnock Road in the Southside.

As per previous blogs, it is a pan-Asian restaurant. Along with burgers, salads and ramen, there are large and small plates of sticky hoisin ribs, soft shell crabs, tofu satay and, of course, haggis spring rolls.

And if the idea of cross-cuisine fusions such as haggis spring rolls whet your appetite then you may also want to take a look at the gochugaru halloumi bites.

Jumping Jax no flash in the pan

Also celebrating its first weekend in business is the Jax bar and kitchen in Princes Square.

We blogged about it a while back, but here is a quick recap.

Along with the Blendworks gin school, Jax is the latest development from Eden Mill, the Fife-based distillers of gin and whisky.

Gin, cocktails, fizz and DJs are all part of the offer along with a food menu which includes mac 'n' cheese plus steak and chips.

Gin cocktails are always on the menu at Jax in Glasgow's Princes Square.

Gin cocktails are always on the menu at Jax in Glasgow's Princes Square. Pic: Jax Facebook

Bonnie Badger preparing for launch

Heading over to the East Coast, Tom Kitchin's Bonnie Badger looks set to open in Gullane in December.

The Michelin-starred chef is advertising for staff should you fancy playing a part in his new gastro-pub.

It follows hot on the heels of the launch of his Southside Scran bar bistro in Bruntsfield.

Nick Nairn interview

Is Tom Kitchin Scotland's most high profile chef? He is certainly on TV a lot.

It's possibly a toss-up between Mr Kitchin and Nick Nairn whose travelogue shows with the Northern Irish chef Paul Rankin are always popular.

Cate Devine has a good interview with Nairn in today's Herald. In it, the chef talks candidly about pulling out of Aberdeen, turning sixty and re-assessing his career.

He also discusses pivoting away from high end dining towards pizza and other, simpler street food - a move which many chefs have already made.

Little Chartroom gets big praise

Sticking with the newspapers, yesterday's Sunday Times had a fantastic review of Edinburgh's Little Chartroom restaurant on Leith Walk.

Marina O'Loughlin's glowing review is here, but behind a firewall, so I've dug out a summary:

'a blast of undiluted rapture'; 'holy-grail cross between critical success and crowd-pleaser' and 'the Little Chartroom is divine'.


Finally, we were tickled by a press release for a new 'refreshing and revitalising' drink which boasts of the restorative powers of 'milk thistle and burdock root'.

Without once mentioning the dreaded hangover, all of the copy talks of how the drink can revive anyone who has been burning the candle at both ends throughout the festive season.

Happily, the drink's name makes it purpose clear. It is called Overhang.