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February 21, 2022

Gale force winds, snow, red warnings... Wevs! Nothing can stop new restaurant openings in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

First up, before we get stuck into the new guys, massive congratulations are due to Graeme Cheevers at Glasgow's Unalome and Mark Donald at the Glenturret Lalique in Crieff after both were awarded Michelin stars last week.

It's a real slap on the back for two restaurants that only opened relatively recently.

It would be a surprise if Edinburgh's new Burger Mama were to attract the attention of the Michelin Man - he doesn't really do burgers. However, that doesn't mean that the new Haymarket operation won't find plenty of fans.

Already operating from The Lioness of Leith bar for the last four years, Burger Mama has moved into town and an outlet opposite Haymarket Railway Station.

Their beef burger are made in house using skirt and flank steak from Findlay's Butchers in Portobello.

We would opt for the Phoenix - a 6oz pattie topped with jalapeños, mature cheddar cheese, hot sauce and an onion ring, in a brioche bun.

Of course, there are also chicken burgers and meat-free options available.  Try winking at the Eros - freshly made falafels paired with tzatziki, baby gem lettuce and pickled red chillies in a bun.

New restaurant in Edinburgh

Moving from tzatziki to the full Greek restaurant experience, Fava has just opened on Edinburgh's Morrison Street.

Run by the same team who have the Mia restaurants in Morningside and Dalry, Fava are aiming to deliver Greek decor with a 'Boho feel' at a suitably relaxed pace.

Located in the former Chop Chop Chinese restarant - RIP - Fava's menu boasts a wide range of mezze and main courses as well as several different types of gyros wraps.

The mezze range from beetroot salad and baked feta to prawn saganaki and Greek sausages with a red pepper tapenade.

As well as familiar moussaka and slow-cooked lamb kleftiko, the main courses include whole sea bream, mixed grills and a Greek take on seafood linguini.

Baklava to finish, obviously. Main pic is from Fava Facebook

New restaurant in Glasgow

Tasty treats at Chaiiwalla. Pic from Facebook.

Tasty treats at Chaiiwalla. Pic from Facebook. Pic:

On Glasgow's Springfield Quay, the new Chaiiwalla is the first Scottish outlet for a franchise which has dozens of locations in England, Wales and, shortly, Dubai.

As well as different variations on chai tea, the restaurant serves roti, all day breakfasts, sundaes, ice creams and faloodeh, a type of dessert based on vermicelli noodles.

Our eye was drawn to the street food section of the menu and its promise of samosas, butter chicken rolls, cassava chips in a sticky, spicy sauce and chilli paneer.

Best of luck to all the new ventures!