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January 21, 2020

Way back at the end of November, we mentioned that a new Bruntsfield wine bar was aiming to launch in mid-December.

Decanter actually welcomed its first guests on the 19th December so we figured it was high time that the blog took a closer look at this new venture in the former Inca site.

We have called it a wine bar but Decanter has quite an extensive food offer.

Along with the sharing platters of cheese and charcuterie that you might expect, they also serve light bites such as pheasant meat balls with caponata, garlic prawns and wild mushroom arancini.

Alternatively, you could opt for the traditional three course structure and start with, say Cullen skink before a main course of beef short rib with buttered mash and kale followed by a pear and Amaretto crumble for dessert.

They also have some 'extra specials': confit duck leg, mussels in a white wine sauce and... you'll never guess this one: chicken feet with a blue cheese dressing.

If chicken feet don't do it for you then may we suggest the sweet potato Wellington with veggie haggis or the veg tagine.

Of course, this coming Saturday 25th January, they are running a Burns Night with a four course meal of Scotch broth, haggis, venison and raspberry trifle.

The main pic, taken from Decanter's Facebook, shows their salmon en papilotte and spaghetti veg.

An designer's impression of Decanter.

An designer's impression of Decanter. Pic: Facebook.

Musselburgh beer garden

Heading out to Musselburgh, the seaside town will soon have a new bar. Planning on a March launch, Muss Bar & Kitchen is taking shape on the High Street on the site of the former Habaneros Mexican takeaway.

I'm no expert on this but, apparently, Musselburgh doesn't have many beer gardens. The new venue will help address that shortage with a landscaped garden that seats 70.

More info when it opens.

We're much less certain about these next two but we have heard rumours that Lothian Road could be about to play host to a new pan-Asian place and a Belgian frites emporium.

Or it could be a lot of speculative old cobblers. We'll possibly return to these if we manage to firm up any cold, hard facts.