The current edition of The List magazine contains the Eating and Drinking Guide 2006. This reviews mainly restaurants and pubs that serve food for both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is now in it’s 13th year. I find it an essential companion when deciding where to go for food and it comes divided into categories such as ‘Arts Venues’, ‘Bars and Bistros’, ‘Indian’ and ‘Mexican’. The reviews are short, swift and to the point and each venue has a quick positive point and negative point to end the review. The Hitlist contains lists with such categories as ‘best for a romantic meal’ and ‘best for a budget meal’ - great to work through on dining nights out. The List Eating and Drinking guide comes bundled with the current edition of The List magazine and the cost is a very reasonable Â£3.50. My advice is most definitely to get down to your newsagents and buy this great guide!
The magazine also gives awards to Edinburgh and Glasgow restaurants, which occupies a double page spread. The restaurant of the year for Edinburgh was The Vintner’s Rooms, with Number One in second place. I haven’t visited either, but will hopefully change that over the course of this year. Newcomer of the year was Roti, which I also haven’t visited. Interestingly though Iglu took second place here - the small bar on Jamaica St. I haven’t eaten a proper meal off their different looking menu, but did try some exquisite nachos (they’re not two words that always go together!) at Iglu a while back., which were totally great. And their wild boar burger is surely worth a try. Urban Angel took first place in the budget restaurant of the year. Surprisingly, I found, First Coast on Dalry Road took second place here; I quite like a meal at First Coast, but while not very expensive I wouldn’t describe it as a true budget meal and I also wouldn’t rate it higher than other contenders.
Also, nice to see the excellent Sushiya on Dalry Road get a good write up and a terrific picture on page 44.
The guide also contains maps of Edinburgh and Glasgow in the back that shows the location of each eatery- great stuff. By the end of May the official List website will be updated to include all reviews for 2006, and is freely accessible… In my opinion though nothing beats the proper printed version!