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The Cafezique team are expanding with a new restaurant: Gather by Zique. Pic: Facebook.
Gather by Zique is the latest new restaurant to welcome diners in Glasgow.
The Cafezique and Delizique on Hyndland Road have always offered interesting dining options.
From today, the Delizique part of the biz will operate as Gather by Zique.
A casual restaurant, the food is Modern European. Translated, this means the kitchen will be using Italian, Spanish and French cooking techniques to make the most of beautiful local produce.
Scotland doesn’t really have a cooking tradition in terms of specific ways of preparing food. We have certain dishes which are traditionally Scottish but we don’t have a specifically Scottish way of cooking in the same way that, say Japan or France, do.
Gather by Zique: produce-led
What we do have is a spectacular natural larder. Our beef, lamb and seafood are much prized all around the globe and Gather by Zique aims to make the most of this.
The menu will be produce-led. When ingredients are at their seasonal best, they will feature on the menu. The idea is to let the natural flavours of the food speak for themselves rather than to impose a chef’s style or signature on them.
Writing in the Glasgowist, Paul Trainer has a good interview with Gather by Zique’s owners.
Apparently, most of the meat on the menu will come from the farm run by the husband of Mhairi, Delizique’s owner.
Sustainable seafood, mostly landed in Scotland, and Scottish veg plus foraged herbs, flowers and fungi will all feature.
The menu is in a traditional starter, main course, dessert format rather than a tapas/big plates/small plates/sharing platter format.
Modern European cooking, Scottish ingredients
Typical starters might be the soup made with spiced Monachyle hogget and Puy lentils or the blood orange with grilled fennel and pickled onion, crispy shallots and a Negroni dressing.
Main course might be a simple dish of grilled langoustines with gremolata or a hake fillet with
chick peas, squid and mussel stew, nduja and aioli.
Side dishes at Gather by Zique include Spanish fried cauliflower, braised chicory and salt-baked celeriac.
When the Glasgow burger boom was at its height, lots of people championed El Perro Negro. The burger specialists have been a little quiet of late as they put together their new, permanent premises in Finnieston.
Word has it that the all new El Perro Negro will open its doors on the 9th of April at 966 Argyle Street.
Nicola Temple will be putting the vexed question of processed food into perspective. Recent headlines seem to indicate that highly processed foods are at the root of many health problems in developed countries.
On the other hand, our ability to process food has made us one of the most successful species on the planet. Where do we draw the line?
One of the subjects which may come up over the course of the event is that of artificially grown meat.
Some think that this may be one way in which we can maintain our meat-eating habits without wrecking the planet. Others disagree vehemently.
Billed as ‘an in-depth look at the art and science of making, blending and tasting Scotch whisky’, gastrophysicists, psychologists, writers, cooks and blenders will discuss the science and culture of Scotland’s national drink.
Tix for Gastrofest and other Edinburgh International Science Festival events can be bought from here.
New restaurant and bar openings: Ransacked Black Oven is bringing a taste of Persia to Edinburgh’s Potterrow. Pic: Facebook.
On the hunt for new restaurant and bar openings in Glasgow and Edinburgh? Look out for the April re-opening of Glasgow’s Church on the Hill and Edinburgh’s just launched Ransacked Black Oven.
Naming your business is not straightforward. Especially in the catering trade.
Unless you are a big name chef, you probably want the moniker of your new restaurant and bar to give an idea of what customers can expect to find on the menu.
But what if your new restaurant and bar sells generic – and popular – dishes such as burgers, pizza or hot dogs? That makes it harder to stand out.
New restaurant and bar: Ransacked Black Oven
One new Edinburgh business has come up with its own solution by using a name so curious that it is bound to stick in the mind.
Just opened on Marshall Street, in the former Wildman Wood premises by Potterrow, Ransacked Black Oven sells Persian-inspired street food.
Or, as their Facebook page has it, they serve ‘freshly baked, wood-fired, Persian inspired street food’.
Think ‘sourdough flat breads, marinated meats, falafel, salads, pesto, oils and dips’ served from a wood-burning black oven.
And there are dishes to suit all preferences from carnivores, vegans and veggies to people who want gluten-free friendly options.
If you fancy a Persian-spiced goat roti or a loaded salad with halloumi saganaki, you know where to go.
New restaurant and bar: Church on the Hill
Gazing into our crystal ball, the one that deals with new restaurant and bar openings in Glasgow, we hear that Church on the Hill is to have a new lease of life courtesy of Signature Pubs.
The company, which runs The Raven, Smokin’ Fox and The Spiritualist in Glasgow, have acquired the Southside premises and are planning to relaunch in April.
The team behind the project have spent £650,000 on an extensive refurbishment.
The chefs behind The Raven and Smokin’ Fox have created a menu that includes dishes such as the spice-rubbed lamb shoulder and the beer-glazed whole roast cauliflower.
Pimp that Prosecco
The team at The Spiritualist have collaborated with the Church on the Hill to inject a creative twist into the drinks menu. Themes to look out for include classic cocktails and local craft beers plus the rather more colourful Pimp my Prosecco.
Alongside a children’s menu and children’s activity area, the attractions will include a doggy Wall of Fame.
As ever, keep checking back to the 5pm Dining blog for all the new restaurant and bar openings in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Miss Woo’s: your one stop shop for Asian fusion food and whoop-ass cocktails.
Looking for a new restaurant in Edinburgh? Swing by Miss Woo’s in Leith, the latest place to join 5pm Dining’s Edinburgh roster.
Mamasan’s cocktail bar in Leith appears to have said ‘Sayonara’. In its place Miss Woo’s is offering crafty cocktails and street food with an Asian flavour.
It is a quirky bar on Bernard Street in Leith. Geisha murals, dim lighting and cool sounds give Miss Woo’s an inviting underground feel.
Should you need a banana satay daiquiri or a Miso Lucky cocktail then Miss Woo’s will do the do.
If craft beer is more your thing, they can also take care of that as well as offering an appealing selection of Asian street food.
Miss Woo’s: Asian fusion food
Miss Woo’s: new bar in Leith.
Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the dishes at Miss Woo’s would be perfect along with a beer or cocktail. From pulled pork bao buns and dumplings to spicy Korean wings, there is plenty to snack on.
There is even three types of fries. You could opt for the simple pleasures of the salt and chilli variety. Or you could tackle the house dirty fries – salt and chilli fries topped with pulled pork, bacon, peach and porter.
A fun idea is the selection of soups served in a teapot. Designed to be shared, they come in two varieties. There is a clear soup with crispy tofu or a dashi base with bean sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, coriander, spring onion and chilli. You can add confit chicken, beef or pulled pork for £1.50.
More substantial choices might be the veg or chicken pad Thai or perhaps the sticky pork belly with Vietnamese salad. Any remaining space could be taken by the coconut panna cotta with pineapple salsa or a mango crème brûlée.
New-ish restaurant in Edinburgh: The Black Hoof
While we are here, we will also draw your attention to The Black Hoof.
A tapas bar and Spanish food deli, it opened on Dalry Road in November. They serve and sell all manner of top notch jamon Iberico, cured meats and Spanish cheeses.
They also serve tapas.
The Black Hoof: for all your Spanish tapas and charcuterie needs. Pic: Facebook.
If you are in the market for Galician-style octopus, lentils with chorizo or salted cod croquettes then make tracks for The Black Hoof.
Views of Newhaven harbour will be part of the appeal of The Fishmarket.
The Fishmarket, Edinburgh’s latest seafood restaurant, plans to open in April at Newhaven Pier.
As reported in previous blogs, the team behind the new venture are Gary Welch and Roy Brett. The former is owner of Welch Fishmongers. The latter is the Chef Patron of Ondine.
The Newhaven unit has been a thriving fish market from as far back as 1896. In those days, fishwives swarmed to the pier to buy fresh fish to sell.
More recently, the area which will be the restaurant has been used as a fish filleting space for Welch Fishmongers.
The plan is to revive part of the old fish market and ensure that fresh fish and seafood are firmly at the heart of Newhaven.
Having built up a strong supplier-chef relationship over the past fifteen years, Messrs Welch and Brett decided to team up and create The Fishmarket.
The Fishmarket: ultimate seafood experience
With Gary’s ability to source great seafood and the chef’s skill at cooking it, the idea is that The Fishmarket will be ‘the ultimate seafood dining experience’.
Handily, it will also be far enough away from Ondine, Roy Brett’s George IV Bridge restaurant, to avoid poaching any of its customers.
Ondine caters more towards the upper end of the market. To be honest, it is not easy for a seafood restaurant to be anything but.
What level The Fishmarket will pitch at remains to be seen as the menu for The Fishmarket has yet to be confirmed.
However, the Welch Brett collaboration promises that customers can expect the very best traditional fish supper. Or indeed, a dozen oysters served at the Champagne bar.
Roy Brett, The Fishmarket Co-Director, said:
‘I couldn’t be happier to announce the launch of The Fishmarket. It’s been a real labour of love, taking years in the planning, but the doors are finally almost open.
‘With Gary Welch on board as a partner, and Ondine Head Chef, Ishu Mehrotra taking the helm in the kitchen, this is going to be a seafood dining experience to rival all others. And let’s not forget that view. If you’re going to enjoy proper good seafood, where better than with an unspoilt view of the sea?
Fresh Scottish seafood
Gary Welch, The Fishmarket Co-Director, said:
‘We’ve been selling the freshest fish and seafood, all from Scottish waters, since my dad started the business in 1959. I’ve been involved in it since I was a wee nipper. We’ve become a bit of an institution in Edinburgh. And that’s all thanks to our loyal customers.
‘Having supplied to Roy for many years, it was a natural partnership to bring the best of Scottish fish and seafood together with one of the best seafood chefs in the country. Newhaven and the locals have given Welch’s so much over the years. I’m thrilled to be able to give back a little, and to revive the old fish market to its former glory.’
Gin71 are launching their new brach at House of Fraser with a gin festival this weekend. Pic: Facebook
Like gin? Sip up with these Glasgow gin events.
We like gin. We know you like gin. Everyone likes gin. So let’s drink gin at these Glasgow gin festivals.
First up, Gin71 is expanding from its existing Renfield Street and Merchant City locations with a new bar in House of Fraser on Buchanan Street.
The new gin joint will launch this weekend with a gin festival.
£10 will get you day entry and the chance to meet (and presumably sample the wares) of several distillers. £25 will buy you two 50ml G ‘n’ Ts and a taste of the latest Gin71 dining menu. Tix here.
Scottish gin brands
Makar, Daffy’s, Arbikie, Rock Rose and Edinburgh Gin are just a handful of the names appearing.
As we reported a few months back, Gin71 is also involved in The Gin Spa, the UK’s first gin-inspired botanical spa.
In the light of all this new activity, the company has decided to withdraw from the Edinburgh market and focus on the Glasgow outlets. This what they have to say, ‘Our Edinburgh location will be phasing a close down with Gin71 closing from the 1st March and the location being completely closed from the 1st April.’
Gin festival at Blythswood Square
Looking ahead a few weekends, The Principal Blythswood Square hotel is holding a gin festival on Sunday 25 March from noon to 5pm.
There will be lots of new craft gins to taste; perfect serves and cocktail masterclasses with Blythswood Square Head Bartender, Conor Jones.
Tickets cost £25 per person and include canapés; three drinks vouchers, gin festival entrance, a cocktail masterclass and a bag of treats to take home.
Gin brands attending include Hendricks, Caorunn, Roku, Stirling Gin and many more.
And, if you don’t like gin, there are other reasons for paying a visit to Blythswood Square.
The Living Room is where Manchester’s beautiful people go to drink and dine. The stunning Deansgate venue encapsulates Manchester style and is a favoured haunt of footballers and other well known faces. Its dining room serves modern takes on classic comfort food dishes and its bar boasts a huge range of drinks, specialising in Grey Goose vodka, Haig Club Whisky and perhaps the most impressive cocktail list in the city.
The Living Room Manchester
It is very hard to decide which part of The Living Room in Manchester is more pleasing to look at – its decor or its food. We could spend a long time drooling over the restaurant’s interior pics; its dusty pink shades, velvet chairs, curved banquettes, gold art deco touches and grand piano. But then there’s its food and drink; its crispy tempura, succulent steak, rich chocolate brownies and cocktails that look like a work of art in themselves.
Here’s a selection of photographs of The Living Room in Manchester so you can decide for yourself.
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