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Umi, Oh My!

It’s hard to say which is best: the quirky interior of new Stockbridge restaurant Umi, the incredibly friendly and down-to-earth staff, or the exquisite Japanese food.

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Franco Manca – Pizza Perfect

Franco Manca, home of sourdough pizza, has been open in Edinburgh barely two weeks, yet on a rainy Tuesday lunchtime, half hidden by scaffolding, it already feels right at home.

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Dance, Dance, Dance, to the Fife Arms

I keep my polarised Thom Browne sunglasses on in the cocktail waiting room; there’s an impressive selection of Man Ray photographs in the owner’s collection. Someone said the place reminded them of the Addams’ Family –  Hmm. Maybe if there was more dust and cobwebs, but not really.

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The Ivy: Hey, Ho, Let’s Go

Everyone’s a celebrity at The Ivy. As we walk through the green curtains we are hit with the lights reflecting the bar, glasses and mirrors, like the flash of baying paparazzi clambering for our photos.

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Yamato

Eastern promises

One of the (many) joys of reviewing Edinburgh’s plethora of restaurants for Lothian Life is discovering new and exciting places to eat, and Yamato is one of those hidden gems I might never have discovered.

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Paul Tamburrini Dining

Hotel dining delights

Paul Tamburrini at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is my kind of place: fine dining but unpretentious; knowledgeable staff; stylish, unstuffy surroundings; and warm.

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