Lunch at Mia Italian

Hello all – welcome to my new website! I decided it was about time to create a proper blog as well as my Instagram page to let you see a few more photos and read slightly more in depth food reviews…

Lets kick things off with some wonderful Italian food: Yesterday I lunched at Mia Italian Kitchen on Dalry Road and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The menu was very extensive, with offerings of pizza, pasta, salad, risotto, steak and chicken and fish!

Mia Italian, established in 2013, is a family-run business with two restaurants: one in Dalry and one in Morningside. I’d been meaning to pay them a visit for a while, after walking by a few times, and stalking their Instagram account.

Eventually I decided to order the Linguine Gamberoni – a generous portion of linguine tossed with the biggest king prawns I’ve ever seen, tomatoes and courgettes. The pasta was perfectly cooked and so more-ish! I’m not usually a courgette fan, but it worked really well in this tasty dish and the prawns were huge and meaty. My Dad ordered the Insalata Di Pollo (grilled chicken salad with lettuce, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, parmesan shavings, olive oil and balsamic vinegar) which looked lovely too.

Linguine Gamberoni

Linguine Gamberoni

I was absolutely heartbroken not to have any room left for dessert, as the tiramisu and panna cotta looked fantastic…I’ll have to go back to Mia for something sweet another time. Overall, a totally delicious lunch made using fresh and authentic Italian ingredients, served by friendly staff. With so much to try on the menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice – I would certainly dine here again. Bellissimo!

http://mia-restaurant.co.uk/

Linguine Gamberoni

Linguine Gamberoni

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Dad enjoys some olives

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Best Ramen In Town?

I enjoyed some really fantastic ramen at Maki Maki on Nicolson Street last week. I’d heard good things about Maki and Ramen restaurants (and seen some wonderful looking snaps of their ramen on Instagram) and so couldn’t wait to try it out myself! Some people even say this place serves the best and most authentic ramen in Edinburgh…and I certainly wasn’t disappointed: I ordered the Miso Ramen: freshly made ramen noodles in miso broth with silky Japanese tofu, sweetcorn, seaweed, and greens. I also ordered a soft-boiled egg with my bowlful of soupy noodle-y goodness and on arrival, it was cooked to perfection with a runny, golden yolk. The miso broth was very flavourful and warming – and I’m not a veggie but this dish just goes to show that tofu doesn’t have to be bland! All the different flavours and textures came together so well in one big bowlful.

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Miso Ramen

I also had some beautiful freshly made salmon maki (and by freshly made I mean literally made behind the counter while I watched!) Gorgeous little mouthfuls of sushi heaven! My friend and I also shared some veggie gyoza which were lovely.

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salmon maki

From the outside, the restaurant looked semi-shabby and unassuming, however it had a sort of “hidden treasure” vibe to it and inside was clean and well-lit. I must admit I wasn’t brave enough to order certain things such as salmon belly fat sushi or eel, but there were plenty of other scrumptious-sounding ramen and sushi options on the menu. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re after some freshly prepared and handmade authentic Japanese food.

http://www.makimaki-restaurant.co.uk/