Monday, 25 July 2016

Yeni Meze Bar Hanover Street Edinburgh 23rd July 2016

Yeni Meze Bar is on busy Hanover Street and was an easy choice, with its clearly labelled menu, with so many vegan options.   It is a popular venue, judging by the number of customers inside and you relax, as soon as you walk through the door.

Our waiter Dimitris, was really friendly and helpful, explaining they had a special lunch menu at £9.95 per person for three dishes.

It was so easy to order wine, as the list was labelled with a selection of vegan wines, so I chose a delicious Picpoul de Pinet, one of my favourite white wines.

I chose five dishes, so I had plenty of choice and Steven chose one for himself, though he was more than happy to eat my vegan choices, being Imam Biyaldi, fattoush salad, falafels, houmous with pitta breads and patates.   The flavours and freshness of the food really shone through, I could not pick a favourite, so delicious was each one.

We finished our meal with a medium Turkish coffee and vegan Turkish Delight, again clearly labelled on the menu.

The whole meal was faultless, from beginning to end, the service, the food, the wine and Dimitris did a great job, always with a smile.   Whoever is responsible, for paying such attention to detail about dietary requirements, deserves a medal, it is wonderful to see such clearly labelled menus.   Would I go back to Yeni, too right I would.

David Bann Restaurant St Mary's Street Edinburgh 23rd July 2016

A trip to Edinburgh, had to include a visit to David Bann, a well known vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the city, which gets great reviews.

We arrived on a Sunday evening, expecting it to be quiet, it was packed to the rafters, just shows how popular vegan and vegetarian cuisine has become.

Whilst perusing the menus, we had a Mongozo organic buckwheat beer and a very nice vegan Rioja.

I ordered the vegan version of the salad of fennel, beetroot, raspberry and poached egg, not realising it would be replaced with fried smoked tofu, which Steven kindly devoured for me.   The salad was delicious, with broccoli and broad beans amongst the leaves and a delicious dressing.

Mains was aubergine and chickpeas koftas in a spicy coconut sauce, with sweet potato and toasted almonds.   What a beauty of a dish this was, especially as I love all the ingredients, perfectly executed and so good I nearly licked the plate.

I was way too full for dessert or coffee, although I was very tempted, but enjoyed the rest of the fantastic Rioja.

David Bann is not your everyday vegetarian restaurant, its fine dining, in a casual atmosphere, with service throughout friendly and professional.   We had a laugh with our Spanish waiter, who said he enjoyed the cooler Scottish weather, than the heat of his home city of Barcelona.   Would I go back, you bet I would.