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July 26, 2019

First up, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel has closed its Bistro Deluxe and replaced it with the hotel group's Surf and Turf concept.

The Surf and Turf idea has already proved a hit after launching in May at the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews.

Ruaridh Macdonald, deputy chief executive of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, said that the success of the Surf and Turf concept in St. Andrews, was a major driver in the decision.

He said: 'We had always intended to roll out the restaurant theme but the very strong demand from customers at Macdonald Rusacks has considerably exceeded projection.'

With an emphasis on fresh, Scottish produce, the food at the new restaurant is described as 'a contemporary, slightly decadent vision of what fine dining should be'.

This means an a la carte menu packed with dishes such as Scottish salmon steaks served on the bone; slow-cooked beef brisket and hand-dived Scottish scallops.

At the heart of the menu is the grill section. Aged for 32 days, the options include sirloin, fillet and rib-eye steaks from Aberdeen Angus cattle.

These can be paired with lobster tails, scallops and langoustines - all Scottish, of course.

Pizza and pasta

The heat is on at Razzo Pizza Napoletana.

The heat is on at Razzo Pizza Napoletana. Pic: Razzo Pizza Napoletana Facebook.

If decadent fine dining doesn't float your boat then you might want to make tracks for Razzo Pizza Napoletana on Great Junction Street.

Opened a few weeks back, it serves small plates, pasta and pizza.

The small plates include arancini rice balls stuffed with ragu, sweet potato chips and deep-fried mozzarella.

As to the pizza, you could choose a simple version topped with San Marzano tomatoes, basil, garlic, oregano and EVOO for a wallet-friendly £6.

Or you could go totally ape and splash out a tenner on a pizza topped with prosciutto crudo, San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella, Parmesan, rocket and EVOO.

We'll be back on Monday with yet more new Edinburgh restaurants.