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July 29, 2019

And we will start our sprint through the newbies with some info about La Casa.

The family-run tapas restaurant has expanded from their Dalry base and opened a second unit on Leith Walk.

The new La Casa has set up home in the former Serrano Manchego premises.

The menu flits between Spain and Greece. From the tapas section this means options such as patatas bravas, grilled octopus and a classic Greek horiatiki salad.

La Casa also dishes up main courses such as grilled lamb chops, king prawn linguine and kokkinisto, a Greek casserole made with veal, onions, garlic, tomato purée and red wine.

The main pic, above, is from La Casa's Facebook.

Cold beer, hot tunes

Crossing town, we see that the St Andrews Brewing Co has packed up its Potterrow premises.

In its place is Soul Nation.

As well as craft beers and lagers, they have an extensive cocktail list. All of which can be enjoyed to a soundtrack of classic soul and Motown tunes.

The beers start from £4, an increasing rarity in the capital. Especially around festival time.

At the time of writing, we can't seen any food offer but the bar has a large kitchen so perhaps that will follow.

Until then, we'll have a banana daiquiri. Thanks.

Beefy burgers

Sashaying down to the top of Leith Walk, or rather Antigua Street if you want to be precise, and the Jules Verne Brasserie has become The Oxtail Steakhouse.

Apparently, it's the same team but the culinary focus has shifted from bistro dishes to steaks and burgers.

As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, The Oxtail makes the most of its location opposite The Playhouse and offers a pre-theatre menu starting at £12.50 for a main course.

East Pizza heads South

Last but by no means least, East Pizza have expanded from their Leith address and opened a branch on Morningside Road.

The new shop is a takeaway with a small sit-in area.

East Pizza are big champions of local produce and use suppliers such as Peelham Farm, Leith Gin and Bon Accord.

Good luck to them all.