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Opening gambit – if truth be told here at Monkfish Castle we can take or leave a curry…..not that we don’t appreciate the finer spices in life but we’ve kind of got bored of them. Maybe that’s because we OD’d on them as students many moons ago or maybe that’s because in our beautiful home town of Edinburgh we sometimes struggle to find anywhere* that lives up to the curry reputation of either Birmingham or Manchester where we spent much of our yoof.

*A notable exception is of course Mother India, a Glaswegian institution which luckily for us opened its doors in Edinburgh a few years ago.

Stop the clock!! All that is about to change or it did change last night!

We dined at Mithas, the lovely new ‘fine dining’ Indian restaurant in Leith.  Wow, take back much of that first paragraph as we have re-found our love of all things curry….  With fine dining decor to match – private booths, Tom Dixon copper lights, sleek wooden fittings, and the best bathrooms I’ve ever seen in an Indian restaurant (these things are important!) the Monkfish can happily report that Mithas is definitely not ‘curry in a hurry’.  The service was splendid and our food was very very exciting.

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More about monkfish

It wasn’t until I started thinking about my menu choices the other day that I realised I really do have a thing for monkfish…there was only ever going to be one title for this blog and it was only ever going to include the word monkfish. I know I go on about cakes (blimey, come on ladies, who doesn’t?!) but I do always veer towards fish when a menu gets put in front of me. This has been further confirmed in the last 2 days as I’ve had to make menu choices for future dinner dates….monkfish comes out top yet again.

look at the crazy monkfish!

look at the crazy monkfish!

Future dinner dates, mmm, a tricky one really, how do you know what you’re going to feel like eating in four weeks time???  My best friend has done me proud and has organised my ‘extremely sensible hen weekend‘ which is going ahead in a few weeks time…the WHOLE EVENT revolves around food, wouldn’t have it any other way would I?

Friday night….hens arrive, eat tapas buffet stylee washed down with a few glasses of prosecco and oh, we’re getting our nails done on the side, let’s not forget the detail..

Pampering PLUS food = good time.

Saturday…hens do lunch in town….hens have tea and cake mid afternoon…hens go for dinner in town at champagne bar (we are going here – The Biltmore) and eat their ‘future choices’ decided upon this week (MONKFISH ANYONE?)…wash down with large quantities of prosecco, hic.

Good girlie day and night out PLUS food = good time.

Sunday, hens do much needed hangover brunch at brunch venue in town….scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, toast…the whole shebang.

Good chat PLUS hangover food = good time.

OMG, I love food, roll on that weekend! 8)

My marvellous monkfish

My marvellous roasted monkfish with black olive sauce from Cook with jamie page 225!!…served with lemon mash…yum….have made this twice and both turned out like the picture…marvellous… Got the monkfish from edinburgh’s farmers Market..deeelish!

Fact blog fans…this is the inspiration for my blog..I made this a few weeks back, took yet another photo and the blog was born… my marvellous monkfish!  I have all these photos on my iphone just waiting to be shown to foodie lovers everywhere.  Enjoy reading and keep blogging 😎