Old friends and new

We toddled off to William Street to meet friends after work tonight only to find Bert’s Bar and Teuchtars rammed to the rafters. In need of a seat and a really good selection of beers we made a forray into the newly opened Sláinte Mhath. Formerly the Randolph Bar this is a real gem, spacious, but with several cubby holes and booths. For a Friday night things were a lot less raucous than the nearby ‘shiny-shoe’ bars of the West End, but it started to fill up later on with a live folk band due to play.

We weren’t in eating mode but did have a good look at the menu. Far from the usual Lasagne, Steak Pie or Fish & Chips offerings many pubs make Sláinte Mhath’s kitchen serve up Mussel Pots, Confit Duck and Daube of Beef to name a few. It’s definitely on the hit list to eat in soon.

Sláinte Mhath, 3-14 Melville Place, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 220 1919
http://www.slaintemhathbar.co.uk/

Later we did need to go in search of food. Not being overly hungry we were pondering a pizza from the ever busy Pizza Express when we realised we were standing right outside our old friend Howie’s Cellar. When we started the blog we were really impressed by the new menu and refurb so we popped in to see how things are going a few months on. In a word: Swimmingly!

The restaurant was full and all of the faces at the tables looked happy as larry. The menu has changed with the seasons and a selection of larger dishes for one have been added to please the tapas wary.

The food was just as good as our other visits, a selection of smaller dishes filled the spot but didn’t over-stuff. The atmosphere was buzzing but still intimate thanks to the small interconnected rooms and the bill was as easy to swallow as the pints earlier in the evening.

To read the full Stovies review click here….

And now, time for bed. Good night!

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