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June 12, 2019

First up, we draw your attention to Fizz Edinburgh, a new Champagne bar on South Charlotte Lane.

Billed as 'Edinburgh's most exclusive new Champagne and Cocktail venue', the new venture replaces the long-running Sygn bar. Main pic is from their Facebook page.

Artisan sandwiches and French patisserie are promised alongside the cocktails and sparkling wines.

If Sygn was all burgers, nachos, hot dogs and pizza then Fizz Edinburgh is a rather more dainty offer.

But if Champagne and French patisserie are going to work anywhere in Edinburgh then the West End is probably one of the better bets.

Tommy's Banglacafe

Tiger, tiger, burning bright, what Bengalis dishes are on the menu tonight?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright, what Bengalis dishes are on the menu tonight? Pic: Facebook

Next up, we are keeping an intrigued eye on the former Gin 71/La Tasca premises on South Charlotte Street.

We understand that it will be the venue for Tommy's Banglacafé. Apparently, it will be a tapas/small plates-style menu with a focus on classic Bengali dishes.

We are also promised musical events, cultural events and Bengali-themed nights each month.

They have a Facebook page and an Instagram account plus they are holding recruitment days around the corner in the Rose Street Theatre this week.

A July launch is pencilled in. Could this be Edinburgh's answer to Dishoom?

And now for a couple of quick catch-ups with recently launched businesses which we told you about when we had very little info.

Ever tried Turkish pancakes?

Rolling the gözleme.

Rolling the gözleme. Pic: Facebook

About a fortnight ago, we mentioned that Kukina was about to open on Leith Walk.

A new Turkish place, it offers a menu which seems to be based around gözleme, a type of Turkish pancake.

We like the sound of the one filled with spinach and feta.

Peering back further into the past, about three weeks ago we noted that Fierce Beer were expanding from their Aberdonian home to open on Rose Street.

Open and trading since the weekend beginning 24th May, they have 20 taps of Fierce and guest beers for sale along with several fridges stuffed with interesting brews.

They also have a breakeven bottle of malt whisky behind the bar. We've seen this in a few places and think it's a great idea.

The staff find a whisky which is rare, old, exclusive and pricey and sell it at cost price. It's a neat way to try interesting whisky without the expense of forking out £60+ for a bottle you may not like.