Met up with Ravi and Maggie in the Oxford Bar at 7.00pm for pre dinner drink. Then onward to Dusit Edinburgh Thai restaurant where they seated us this time. Booking a retaurant is a new concept to me.
We shared two starters between us:
Miang – Secret Garden
A light salad of apples, mangoes, melons and leaves with a tamarind & coconut dressing
Koo Saneha – A Loving Couple
Char-grilled scallops and jumbo king prawns served with garlic and chilli dip
I especially liked the Miang salad.
We then shared three main courses. Much argument, I was going to order duck, but was persuaded to order beef, and Ravi then ordered duck!!!
A rich, creamy medium red curry with fresh chillies, kaffir lime leaves and holy basil.
Pad Ped Prig Tai Ong
Stir-fry of meat with baby aubergine, imported fresh peppercorns,
fresh chilli, grachi and holy basil, with beef
Ravi’s choice, I can’t remember [Ed’s note: thought you said it was duck?]
The Panang was lovely, nice thick creamy sauce to it, and enough bite to know you are eating a curry. The other two dishes were beautiful as well.
This Thai restaurant has a reputation amongst my friends of being the best Thai in Edinburgh, and I think it is well deserved. The service was good, the waiters were friendly and the food arrived quickly and on time.
Afterwards we parted our ways, but will be meeting up in Essex in a couple of weeks time.
Made it to Edinburgh this week, staying in a hotel on Lauriston Place, a Best Western hotel. The hotel includes breakfast and is slightly cheaper than most I stay in. You can see it’s cheaper because there were tradesmen staying there.
Met up with Maggie and Ravi for a pint on Rose Street. They asked where to eat, so I suggested Dusit in Thistle Street. After one wrong turn we found the place. Alas no booking, so they were not able to seat us. Maggie and Ravi suitably impressed that this restaurant was fully booked on a Tuesday made a booking for 7.30 on Wednesday.
Where to now? I had mentioned the Oxford Bar earlier, being that it is on the same street as Dusit. Maggie, having read all the Rebus novels, was keen on the idea, so off we walked. A couple more pints, and some chicken and mayo rolls were consumed in the side room of the Ox. We completed the tour by walking on to Charlotte Square, and then back down Rose Street, Maggie pointing out all the saunas to us. I am still not sure why.
After several weeks of dry weather, the weather had to change. We had prepared for the annual tog of war against Tony and Cherie Blair’s new village. Food and drink had been purchased, the river blocked to raise the water level, nettles cut.
Again like last year, the weather Gods stepped in and said “No. No tug of war today, mate.” So we cancelled and will hold it in August. Maybe by then Tony and Cherie will have moved in and will be able to join in. Let’s wait and see.
Spent three days and two nights in Bristol. Arrived in Bristol on the Monday, called my company to book a hotel. The only one they could find was £150 a night. I was able to find a Premier Inn on the waterfront on Kings Street for £65 a night. Was quite adequate, though the mobile phone connection for 3G internet access on the ‘3’ network was very poor in my room.
Trying to remember what I ate. The first night I ate at a Turkish restaurant called the Bosphorus. Started with a very lovely mezes dish, and then a main course of I think chicken, but not sure now. The mixed mezes was very good.
On the Tuesday evening I ate at a tapas bar, very full for a Tuesday evening, probably due to the band playing in the background. Several glasses of wine later I left.
The company I work for had the services start of year conference at the Radisson hotel at Stansted airport. The day was full of talks about the company and its direction for the future. The evening was spent eating, and networking with colleagues who we often don’t see from one year to another, but whom we are in contact with via email.
There was some dancing, some karaoke and a little bit of drinking.