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June 21, 2019

In Fountainbridge, a new restaurant is taking shape in the former Mughal Indian premises.

Toro Latino have yet to release their menus but the café grill promises a South American take on steaks, burgers, seafood and veggie dishes.

While specific details may be thin on the ground at present, Toro Latino is exhibiting plenty of passion.

According to their Facebook, they are 'creating a small South American castle of food, which will definitely touch your soul'.

We're up for that. More news when they open.

Pho Viet

Not so far away, the family behind Vietnam House on Grove Street are planning to expand.

Ten years after opening Vietnam House, Nga Nguyen is to launch Pho Viet on Dalry Road in the former Luv Sushi premises.

Much beloved in Vietnam, pho, pronounced fuh, is a rich, savoury broth filled with rice noodles, fragrant herbs and, traditionally anyway, slices of beef or chicken. Main pic is from Vietnam House Facebook.

Edinburgh doesn't have many Vietnamese restaurants. In fact, we reckon that there are only about half a dozen.

One you may not have stumbled across is GoN Vietnamese which opened on Cadzow Place last September.

The owner is from Saigon via Melbourne and her cosy, family-run café specialises in Vietnamese specialities such as rice rolls, noodle salads, pho and banh mi - delicious filled baguettes.

In related news, Malcolm Innes, the restaurateur behind Saboteur Vietnamese restaurant and Ting Thai Caravan on Teviot Place, has bought the former Coletti & Co cafe premises on Lothian Road.

Could we see another restaurant inspired by the food of south east Asia?

Brunch Club goes East

We also hear that The Brunch Club is expanding from its base on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow and opening a second branch on Edinburgh's Melville Street.

If it follows in the footsteps of the original then Edinburgh's West End will soon be a magnet for hungry customers seeking pancakes, Cubanos sandwiches, steak and eggs, fish tacos and specialist Bloody Marys.

Last but not least, the long established Victor Hugo deli has expanded from its original Marchmont Home and opened a unit on George Street in the city centre.

Check the pastrami sandwiches! Who would not want one of those bad boys for lunch?

Pastrami on rye: stone cold classic sarnie.

Pastrami on rye: stone cold classic sarnie. Pic: Facebook