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January 24, 2019

Earlier this week, while sashaying around Edinburgh, your blogger was surprised to see that Khushi's on Antigua Street had become Kahani.

Since 1947, Khushi's has served some of the best Indian food in Edinburgh. It has moved location several times but, since relocating to Antigua Street in 2011, it seemed to be thriving opposite the Playhouse.

According to their website, the family are looking for 'a new location which allows us to go back to our roots... smaller scale, relaxed dining, more like the Khushi’s of old and we will be open again as soon as possible'.

We'll let you know what is happening as soon as we do. The Dunfermline branch of Khushi's remains open for business in the meantime.

Kahani promises Indian street food.

Hebridean hogget

Sticking with Edinburgh, our old chum Fred Berkmiller continues to fly the flag for Scottish produce with a special dinner event on Wednesday 6th February.

The chef patron of l'escargot bleu and blanc (main pic above) restaurants has long sought out special Scottish ingredients and introduced them to a wider audience via his menus.

Snails from Barra, Highland Wagyu and Mangalitsa pork have all made appearances on Fred's menus.

For this event, Chef Berkmiller has sourced Hebridean hogget from Ardoch Hebridean Sheep and native Shetland ‘kye' beef from Uradale in Shetland.

The hogget and beef will be accompanied by the season's first crops from Fred's price and joy: Newton Walled Garden.

Jack and Morna Cuthbert of Ardoch and Jacob Eunson of Uradale will be at the event to tell guests about their fascinating breeds.

The event will begin with welcome drinks and guest speakers in the wine bar, followed by a superb two-course meal upstairs in the restaurant blanc.

The event is at l'escargot blanc on Queensferry Street. It's a 6.30pm sharp start and the dinner plus a welcome drink is £25 a head. Tix here.

Glasgow salad

Finally, last autumn, the long-running Guy's Restaurant in Glasgow's Merchant City became Locarno.

Taking its new name from one of the city's most famous old dance halls, the new venture is headed up by Audrius Dirmauskas who had worked with Guy since 2005.

We have a Big Deal on Glasgow tapas at Locarno.

And just what are Glasgow tapas, you ask?

Think along the lines of Aberdeen Angus steak pie; mince and tatties; Macsweens haggis clapshot with whisky gravy and Glasgow salad.

Glasgow salad, of course, means chips.

Bon appetit!