INN AND OUT Jonathan Trew tracks down some new places to try out.
For eight years, the original Ad Lib has traded happily on the city's Hope Street but, with 100 covers, the new place is significantly larger.
Burgers, steaks and Tex-Mex dishes are the order of the day.
All the burgers are made with rump and sirloin steak. They come with fries and smoked paprika mayo at pounds 8.75.The steaks are grain fed and hung for 21 days which should keep even the most picky Texan cattle baron smiling. Veggies might prefer the savoury pumpkin pie.
Another venture hoping for a happy New Year is The Glasshouse in East Lothian.
Opened just before Christmas in a converted mill and fishing net factory, the restaurant, cafe and bar are run by chef Steven Adair, a man who has worked at many of Scotland's top restaurants as well as cooking for the Queen's 80th birthday earlier this year.
Not that you need blue blood to eat and drink at the Glasshouse.
It does a bacon and cream cheese bagel at pounds 2.95 in the mornings leading up to evening dishes like the saddle of venison in a red wine sauce at pounds 14.95.
After work drinkers will like the bottle of house wine and sharing platter at pounds 15.95.
Also new is Edinburgh's first Kebabish outlet which has opened for business just down from the Playhouse on the site of the old Bronx diner.
Specialising in what they call 'the thrill of the grill', pride of place goes to dishes like their yoghurt marinated lamb at pounds 7.95 and their spicy piri piri chicken at pounds 7.95.
The restaurant also does seafood dishes such as the cod massala at pounds 8.95 or, if you want to push the boat out, whole lobster cooked with cottage cheese and garlic at pounds 26.95. If spicy food doesn't appeal then Kebabish has log-fired pizzas ranging from a simple tomato pizza at pounds 4.95 to the mighty twelve inch meat feast for pounds 8.95.
Ad Lib 33 Ingram Street, Merchant City, Glasgow Tel 0141 552 4909
The Glasshouse at Eskmills Stuart House, Eskmills, Station Road, Musselburgh Tel 0131 273 5240
Kebabish 9 Baxters Place, Edinburgh Tel 0131 557 9998
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Dec 30, 2006|
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