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May 17, 2022

There have been loads of exciting launches in Glasgow recently. And that means it feels as though we have slightly neglected Edinburgh. We're going to put that right this week.

We'll kick off with the news that the Ikigai Ramen team are expanding from West Crosscauseway in Newington and opening a second branch on the South Bridge.

As always, they will be making their noodles from scratch each day. They are aiming for ramen that are 'bouncy, chewy, soft and perfect for slurping up our authentic broth'.

This scribbler is a sucker for tonkatsu ramen which come in a creamy broth made from lovingly boiled pork bones.

As the weather heats up, we can also see the appeal of Ikigai's yasai or veggie ramen. Made with shiitake mushroom broth and fresh veg, it's a light dish for spring days.

Of course, they also sell chicken yakitori, wings, sweet potato croquettes and pork gyoza or dumplings.

If you want to see the Ikigai team in action then tune into Britain's Top Takeaways on BBC2 at 8pm on Thursday 19th May.

As well as competing against ramen-makers from Beverly, Swansea and Leeds, Ikigai will be mixing it with Glasgow's Ramen Dayo.

Chopsticks at the ready!

The menu at Ikigai is always developing.

The menu at Ikigai is always developing. Pic: Facebook.

Moonwake waxes

Fancy a beer?

Fancy a beer? Pic: Facebook

After all that excitement, you may be in need of a quiet pint of something tasty. One option would be to make tracks for the new beer garden from the Moonwake Beer Co.

The Taproom Yard opens this Friday (20 May) at the brewery on Leith's Tower Street.

If the sun is shining - and isn't there always sunshine on Leith? - then you could freshen up with their latest brew - Solero Pale.

This juicy little 5.5% ABV beer is made with solero hops which, apparently, deliver tropical flavours of mango and passionfruit. We'll drink to that.

Booking may be advisable.

305 Kitchen will be on hand to take care of any beer munchies with their loaded cheese toasties.