Bright mornings, mild afternoons and sunny evenings are casting their spell over our guests, lulling them into a false frame of mind about what to eat.
No sooner are you seated at Osteria del Tempo Perso than you are presented with a small glass of sparkling rosé wine.
For one completely barking moment I accidentally end up translating for two Chinese waiting staff.
This is a selection of the most interesting places to eat at the moment in no particular order.
Anyone who dims the lights to introduce cheeseboard to an audience is already a winner in my eyes.
Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, we're having a sloppy, slurpy noodle-fest on the very edge of the new west end of Glasgow.
Those 1960s brutalist buildings that once served as run-down separation barriers between the city of Dundee and its waterfront are reduced to rubble, and the two are being reconnected.
It takes a few minutes to work out exactly what it is about the Shish that feels different.
At the newly opened Las Iguanas in Glasgow - the 34th restaurant in a chain - it took me longer than usual to clock just how abysmal the food actually was.
Do you really need to be any good to survive in the restaurant business?
Currently, it seems that the trendy Glasgow district of Finnieston can do no wrong.
I CAN'T help noticing that people from Northern Ireland are becoming the cheery face of hospitality these days.
Let's just put you in the picture here.
Zucca introduces itself as an "artisan Italian restaurant, located in the west end of Edinburgh's theatre district, a firm favourite with the pre-theatre crowds, tourists and locals alike looking for great food without too much fuss and formality".
Some places feel right as soon as you walk through the door.
The unique selling point for Veldt is that it is "Glasgow's only Scottish/South African fusion deli".
I have been in this movie before.
Is there a more interesting shopping street anywhere in Scotland than Edinburgh's St Stephen Street?
321 Leith Walk,
I never fail to be impressed by the magnificence of Glasgow's Royal Exchange Square.
About that sign, then:
It's becoming quite a demographic trend, French people who have come to the Scottish capital, fallen in love with it, stayed, and set up food businesses.
I will fast forward to the end here.
My steak tartare at L'Escargot Bleu was made with Dexter beef, a rare breed which originated in south-west Ireland and which is famed for its quality.
We haven't booked and it's very busy, so when we're invited to climb on to some high seats at the bar we do so with relief that we're getting in.
I spent Christmas in Istanbul, a restorative break of sunny blue skies, ancient culture and endlessly interesting food.