Lychee Oriental, Glasgow

Featuring interiors inspired by the restaurants and “coffee houses” of Chongqing in south-western China, Lychee Oriental from chef Jimmy Lee brings the glamour and decadence of China’s “hotpot” region to Mitchell Street. Favourites include chargrilled chicken satay skewers for starters and Hong Kong sweet and sour prawn for main. Specialities include monkfish hotpot with spicy XO sauce, pulled aromatic duck and Japanese katsu curry.

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Leftfield, Edinburgh

This quiet and welcoming neighbourhood café specialises in fresh seafood and locally sourced dishes and overlooks Bruntsfield Links. The Leftfield hot seafood platter, which serves two washed down with a glass of organic wine, is a must try.

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Eighty Eight, Glasgow

Strands of homemade tagliatelle frequently hang to dry in the window of this unassuming little eatery in Glasgow’s west end. This venue is also a fresh pasta heaven, with tasty small-plate menu items including baba ganoush, ceviche and fresh pasta, although offerings vary depending on seasonality and produce availability.

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Bross Bagels, Edinburgh

Bross brings Montreal-style bagels packed with NYC deli-inspired fillings to the good people of Edinburgh. Fillings for each sesame or poppy-seed “holey grail” bagel include cream cheese and smoked salmon, pastrami and Monterey jack, and schnitzel and marinara sauce. At budget-friendly locations in Bruntsfield, Portobello, Stockbridge and the St James Quarter.

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