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COSMO EDINBURGH…ALL YOU CAN EAT?

Cosmo Edinburgh, we’re coming for you!

COSMO EDINBURGHWhen you’re offered all you can eat within seconds of your front door what’s a girl gotta do….the fam were super excited at the prospect so off we went to hit up Cosmo Edinburgh which quite literally is ‘on our doorstep’.

The excitement of an all you can eat buffet was twofold. For Mini, he just couldn’t believe that you can keep going back for more, and more. For me, I just couldn’t believe he could eat that many gyozas in one day.

COSMO EDINBURGH

Cosmo, otherwise known as a Pan Asian restaurant and in some quarters (google), the ‘World Buffet restaurant’ has a great selection of cooking stations from quite literally, all over the world. What soon becomes apparent when entering Cosmo is that mostly people are here to eat Chinese food, Japanese Teppanyaki and an indian buffet spread.

Yes, there’s other options, pizza, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding (yes!!!), and, if you’re 6, a dessert station from heaven.  Mostly folk are eager to fill their boots with asian cuisine. And you can see why. The Teppanyaki station cooks fresh king prawns, steak, and scallops to order in front of you while you wait patiently with your plate in hand. The chefs flip gyoza, splash on the sauce of your choice and then you help yourself to pickled ginger, seaweed and an array of sushi.

Chinese fans are delighted to be able to tuck in to crispy duck pancakes and hoisin sauce alongside mountains of noodles, beef in black bean sauce, sticky chicken wings and prawn crackers, dim sum and sweetcorn soup.

For the Indian food fans there are mountains of chicken tikka, pilau rice, pakora, saag aloo, naan breads, poppadoms, you name it, they have it.
COSMO EDINBURGH
Cosmo Edinburgh is like a different world. No, IT IS a different world. You walk through the doors and you feel like you’re on a cruise chip…it is quite literally a HUGE space. The organisation of the dining room is mesmerising. Staff are buzzing about, clearing plates, taking drinks orders, refilling, replacing, refilling again and making sure that the 200 customers are happy. Are we actually in Edinburgh because it really doesn’t feel like it!

When you’ve had your main course plate cleared and refilled a few times it’s probably time to visit the dessert station if you’ve room for more. A chocolate fountain is there for the taking! Marshmallows get shoved on sticks which subsequently get shoved in to the chocolate and piled on to plates. The kids love it, the parents probably less so! Bowls full of sugary sweets (why?!), mini cheesecakes, ice cream, trifles, eton mess, popcorn, pancakes, and, in case you wondered, there are some healthier options too if you fancy a fruit salad selection.

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Cosmo is a spectacle. You are in people watching heaven. It’s very noisy which won’t suit everyone but it feels like the kind of place a group of teenagers could go and everyone in their gang would be happy. Any fussy eaters in your group won’t have a problem as there is something for everyone. Vegans may struggle and I felt there was a distinct lack of anything green in the house with the exception of green beans. There are some veggie dishes scattered around but they I don’t think they are as inspiring as they could be. Catering on this scale is clearly a different ball game and if the masses are happy with it then why break it.

COSMO EDINBURGH
Did we like it? Yes, on the whole we did.
Customer service was second to none. Value for money at Cosmo is incredible if you are prepared to eat your entire day’s calorie allowance in one sitting. Many people of course eat lots more but for us that wasn’t the point. We were there to check it out and enjoy the novelty of it all. If you are thinking of ordering a Chinese take-out on a Saturday night then you’re likely to get better value by hiking up Leith walk and going to Cosmo. You’ll be talking about it all week.

Cosmo Edinburgh
Omni Centre
Greenside Place,
Edinburgh
EH1 3AA

cosmo edinburgh

THE RESTORATION CAFE, DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE RESTORATION CAFE

the restoration cafe dalkeith

The Restoration Cafe, what a lovely place to be brunching. We’ve had weeks, months, years of brunch practice to be fair and if brunch was in the Olympics…well, you know what we’re going to say.

Anyway, a brunch invite pinged in from the delightful folk at the Restoration Cafe at Dalkeith Country Park so we took them up on it and enjoyed a leisurely Sunday, brunching, walking and zipping down the flying fox in the kids adventure playground. Fresh air, vast open spaces yet only 20 minutes from the city centre. It’s a great escape from the city and has something for everyone.

First, the brunch. Don’t ask me anything until I’ve had a flat white.

the restoration cafe dalkeith
the restoration cafe dalkeith
OK, now we can get on with it…

If you love a cooked brekki you’ll be in very good hands. The full breakfast was plentiful. If we’re honest it was a little too meat heavy for us but the meat in question was top quality, delicious, and locally sourced (much of it from the Buccleuch Estates)  – haggis, sausage, bacon AND black pudding, it was all there. Poached egg was on point, a tomato and potato scone filled the plate. Missing, we felt, were beans and mushrooms and a teeny bit of green – spinach – would not have gone amiss. That aside it hit the spot plus there was toast on the side too! Mr M was happy.

Me? I opted for pancakes, it’s an obsession and I tend to have them wherever we go brunching plus make them at home too. The bar is high!  These were light and fluffy, and adorned with delicious bacon, black pudding,  and drizzled with a maple, apple and grain mustard dressing.
the restoration cafe dalkeith
the restoration cafe dalkeith

Other options including 3 different Eggs Benny, waffles with smoked salmon, a granola, fruit and yoghurt dish, plus the obligatory smashed avo.  All sound delicious.

Bellies full we headed across to Fort Douglas and literally flung ourselves around the playground with Mini Monkfish. Flying foxes, slides, tree houses, climbing walls, tunnels and bundles of fun. And ice cream too…
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I then dragged them off around the Dalkeith estate to take in the fresh air, the views, the animals and a sneaky forage of the blackberry bushes. And of course we did a spot of retail therapy at the awesome Restoration Yard shop. If you’ve not been you must, but your bank balance will take a definite hit, you’ve been warned….

the restoration cafe dalkeith

Top Sunday all round.

Restoration Cafe
Dalkeith Country Park
Edinburgh
EH22 1ST

 

 

THE FISHMARKET NEWHAVEN

The Fishmarket Newhaven

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The Fishmarket Newhaven, a modern seaside-eating house, has been created by two stalwarts of the Edinburgh seafood scene – Gary Welch, owner of Welch Fishmongers, and Roy Brett, chef patron of renowned fish restaurant Ondine.


What’s the vibe?

The Fishmarket shouts “seaside” inside and out. It’s based in the old fishmarket in Newhaven which dates back to 1896 and was previously a filleting unit for Welch’s Fishmongers next door. It’s been transformed in to a takeaway chippie and a sit-down restaurant with white-tiled walls, an unrivalled view of the sea and front-of-house staff wearing breton t-shirts.

What’s the food like?

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At the takeaway, traditional battered, breaded or grilled fish comes in standard, large or ‘whale’ size. There’s haddock, cod, sole or a choice of crispy squid, scampi or monkfish. Classic sides of mushy peas, tartare sauce and buttered bread rolls and there’s even ‘wee haddie’ for the kids. Batter is light and crispy and the fish melts in the mouth.

TO READ OUR FULL REVIEW PLEASE HEAD OVER TO OLIVE MAGAZINE HERE…

The Fishmarket23A Pier Place, Newhaven, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP

Photography Jessica Shurte 

WHITE HORSE OYSTER BAR, EDINBURGH

WHITE HORSE OYSTER BAR, EDINBURGH, OUR REVIEW FOR OLIVE MAGAZINE….

IN A NUTSHELL

Opening in one of the oldest inns on the Royal Mile, the White Horse Oyster Bar is the latest venture from the team behind the city’s Chop House Bar and Butchery (read our review here).

Who’s cooking?

Chef Scott Ralston heads the kitchen.

white horse oyster bar

 


What’s the vibe like?

With exposed stone walls and leather banquettes the restaurant has an upmarket feel akin to its two sister restaurants in Market Street and Leith. Interior-design lovers will love the work that’s gone into the extensive refurb, from the cast iron radiators to the stunning marble green bar top which gives the restaurant a luxurious bistro feel. The vibe is casual, unstuffy and very cool for this part of town.

Read our full review over on Olive Magazine dot come HERE!

white horse oyster bar

 

White Horse Seafood and Oyster Bar
266 Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8AA

WHITE HORSE SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR

CIVERINOS SLICE, EDINBURGH

CIVERINOS SLICE, EDINBURGH, OUR REVIEW FOR OLIVE MAGAZINE….

In a nutshell

Civerinos Slice opened in Edinburgh’s Old Town in May 2017. This second city centre destination for the award-winning Civerinos has 80 covers and serves 11 different pizzas by the slice in an informal, New-York-style street food dining room, where eating with your hands is strictly encouraged.

Civerinos Slice Edinburgh


Who’s cooking?

From Italian heritage, Michele Civiera, founder of Civerinos, has worked with the very best pizza chefs from Sardinia to Sicily to ensure that the pizzas here are as authentic as possible.

 

Read our full review over on Olive Magazine dot come HERE!

Civerinos Slice, 49 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QP

Bringing a little bit of NYC to Edinburgh’s Old Town, and that ain’t a bad thing right?