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I am still kitchenless. This has resulted in a week of microwave meals, Chinese take aways and no culinary adventures to write about. However, I decided to write today because we had such a sumptuous feast last night that I thought the restaurant that prepared it for us deserved a mention.

Our friends are up from London for the weekend so I booked us a table at Howies so that they could have something Scottish and because I know the food is reliably good. Having said that, I chose the one on Alva Street (there are 4 in Edinburgh) which I hadn’t been to before but was most convenient for us. It had just changed its menu to a tapas style selection of small dishes which sounded interesting too.

Howies Cellar

We arrived at 7pm to an empty restaurant and a lingering smell of fresh paint (they had reopened the night before). My heart sank, thinking I had picked a dud, but the staff were very welcoming and the decor was warm and friendly so we sat down and ordered drinks. My first drink was the apple and marmalade martini special. And special it was! Also by this point the other tables had filled up around us almost like magic and the atmosphere was picking up.

Next, food. The waitress recommended we have about 3 dishes each so we ordered one of nearly everything on the menu. The first few plates arrived and I wondered whether we had ordered enough but by the time everything was on the table it looked like the banquet table in a medieval castle. And it was delicious. There were too many dishes to mention but my favourites were the sweet, smokey herrings with potato salad and the mini haggis spring rolls with pear and onion relish. My only criticism was the batter on the calamari and the stuffed mushrooms which was a bit tough and chewy but everything else was perfect.

I was enjoying the food and the company so much and we guzzled everything so quickly that I forgot to take a picture to wet your appetite but I would definitely recommend you go and have a look for yourself if you are in Edinburgh and your tummy is grumbling.

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