About Paul P
Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Nov 2009
35-49 year old male
I was born in London and moved to Morocco when I was several months old and spent the first few years of my life there. I have lived in France, Italy and spent a lot of time in Spain laterally Málaga in Andalucía almost a year prior to living in Edinburgh; where I have been living since 2000 and truly believe it's one of the most stunning, amazing cities to live in. I am a passionate traveller. I love exploring all parts of the world and enjoy walking round cities, trekking through mountains and have been to some weird and wonderful corners of the globe! My favourite and most visited destinations are Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Rome Málaga and Seville.
Founded in 1971, The Ubiquitous Chip was 'locavore' long before that word was trendy (or perhaps before it even existed). The name is a subtle dig at Scotland's culinary reputation — but the restaurant intends to change that, one delicious, locally sourced meal at a time. Combining traditional Scottish dishes with some new-fangled twists, the restaurant abides by the seasons, going local on everything from produce to venison, and even wine. The atmosphere is as exquisite as the food, with a verdant courtyard that feels a bit like a magical forest. Less expensive, brasserie-style food is served on the upper level, while the Wee Pub — Scotland's smallest! — is a great place for a nightcap.
You would not expect to find a quaint little restaurant among the historic tenement buildings of the St George's Cross area, yet here it is: Black Sheep Bistro. The family-run restaurant feels like your favorite aunt's living room, complete with charming paintings and quirky ornaments on the walls. And the hearty portions make it feel like your favorite aunt is feeding you, too! Home-cooked dishes include 'macaroni cheese,' cullen skink (ham, potato, and onion soup), lentil and ham soup, and 'haggis neaps 'n' tatties' — all served with a side of good conversation with the friendly staff.
Based around the ethos of 'trying a little and tasting a lot', Mother India's Cafe serves up Indian food tapas-style. The small dishes make it easy and fun to sample a wider variety of the freshly prepared, traditional Indian dishes, including tangy 'chana aloo' and spicy 'desi khana beef'. There are also some innovative menu items, such as spiced haddock, chili fish cakes, and butter chicken.
Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery reaps the benefits of two Glaswegian dining institutions: The Buttery, one of Glasgow's oldest restaurants, lends it stunningly classic interiors, while the Two Fat Ladies team (which took over in 2007) brings top-notch cooking and service. Rich mahogany, antique cutlery, and tartan carpets set the tone for Scottish elegance, and outstanding food completes the experience. Two Fats specializes in seafood, so the regularly changing menu features the best of what's in season, from buttery brown shrimp to lemony sole — plus some excellent meat and non-meat options, like pressed pork belly and wild mushroom linguini.
A cosy yet bustling neighbourhood bistro, Fanny Trollope's is all about flavourful, no-nonsense food. Works by Scottish artists decorate the walls, and the menu features Scottish classics with contemporary twists (think pan-seared pigeon with truffle-scented artichoke or curried mussels, cooked in Indian pale ale with crispy paratha flatbread). For ingredients, the restaurant takes advantage of Scotland's local abundance whenever possible.
With its bright red walls and photos of Spanish dancers, Malaga Tapas brings a lively Spanish feel to Glasgow. Wherever possible, the family-run spot uses locally sourced, organic ingredients in its delicious, authentic tapas.
Situated in the food-centric neighborhood of Finnieston, Ox and Finch is both contemporary and laid-back, with a focus on affordable, well-prepared dishes. The casual atmosphere, with dishes arriving as they are ready, lends a convivial quality to the restaurant, and the small plates menu focuses on bold flavors and quality ingredients.