Kaori Simpson: Having an award is like a huge present from everyone for our hard work

The winners of the annual Scotland Asian Restaurant Awards were announced last month by broadcast presenter Samantha Simmonds at a glittering award ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh in partnership with Just Eat. Harajuku Kitchen was a joint winner in the Japanese Restaurant category and therefore, The Fountain caught up with chef Kaori Simpson on what winning the award means as well as what the restaurant’s plans are along with surviving lockdown.

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The Wildcat: The feedback has been amazing, I’ve not worked anywhere where I’ve had feedback like this

The Wildcat is a classic cocktail bar and locals haunt in the heart of Tollcross that opened only a few months ago in the middle of lockdown. Run by two old school bartenders- Will Ford and Cam Howarth – with a passion for good drinks, it is very different to many of the other bars in the area. They serve up craft cocktails, beer, wine, whisky and all the rest in a welcoming venue on Tarvit street, and not only that, they do a classic Negroni for a competitive £5. The Fountain caught up with the bold owners to discuss their plans, response and cocktail list.

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Russian Standard Vodka: Over 50% of those from Edinburgh and Glasgow preferred a sweet flavour profile

Russian Standard Vodka have some very interesting stats revealing that Scots are most likely to get creative with different flavours in their cocktails as over 40% admit to enjoy experimenting with different herbs and fruits in their drinks. This is compared to English counterparts, such as Liverpudlians, who are least experimental with just 33% trying out new flavour combinations. The Fountain caught up with the RSV team to get their view on the Scottish drinking community.

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Review: Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show, Fringe 2019 Rating 80%

Review: Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show, Fringe 2019

2019 brings us a choice of not one, but two Fawlty Towers themed dining experiences. The most notable difference is that this one, as its marketing is keen to remind us, is fully endorsed by John Cleese and Connie Booth. This is its first time at the Fringe, where dinner shows have long proven popular options for punters seeking a longer, more elegant experience than the average show can provide.

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David Wilkinson: Gin requires botanicals for flavour, the Botanic Garden offers access to plants

David Wilkinson along with the help of Greg Kenicer, from Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, has developed and produced new limited edition Edinburgh Gin, 1670. Available only in specialist retailers as well as their own website, this is a niche botanical product, which has grown from highly advised knowledge.

David from Edinburgh Gin spoke with The Fountain about the development process, his personal favourite Edinburgh Gin and where we might expect to see the bottle.

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Review: Edinburgh Christmas Market Rating 90%

Review: Edinburgh Christmas Market

On Sunday evening my fiance and I took a wander around the famous Edinburgh Christmas Market.

Honestly.. it was freezing, jam packed busy and I could barely look at any stalls for more than five seconds, never mind take some great photos!

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Steve Stewart: Scotland punches above its weight in craft beer

After winning three awards at the Scottish Beer Awards, Steve Stewart, who also won Master Brewer of the Year award, is obviously delighted at the brewery’s success.
He spoke with The Fountain about how much of an impact winning these awards has on Stewart Brewing, their simple philosophy as a brewery and where their focus will be in the forthcoming future.

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Review: Afternoon Tea with Vivek Singh, EIBF 2017 Rating 80%

Review: Afternoon Tea with Vivek Singh, EIBF 2017

It was a sheer pleasure to enjoy a British afternoon tea whilst listening to one of the top Indian culinary chefs in London talk about his background history and experiences working with food. Devouring sandwiches and scones whilst listening to Vivek Singh discuss his influences, Indian festival food and his absolute indulgence, whisky, was a new experience for me as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and certainly the way to do things if listening to a published cook or chef. 

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Review: Dram & Smoke Campfire Feasts, Fringe 2017 Rating 62%

Review: Dram & Smoke Campfire Feasts, Fringe 2017

The Dram & Smoke pop-up in the Biscuit Factory, somewhat outwith of the main festival stretch, is back again this year with promises of a Campfire Feast, an interactive eating experience that has to be shared. Promoting Talisker as their main drinks brand, they offered a welcome cocktail prior to bringing the group upstairs to indulge in some improv food theatre. 

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