GUEST POST :: A Frenchman in Edinburgh

by Alexis Urvoy on April 16, 2013

Hey guys!

As it is my first post on YBN a quick word about me: I’m a young French guy freshly arrived in Edinburgh UK, and I really enjoy it so far. I’m always looking for THE good, hidden and astonishing place to eat or have a drink. I may not have found it yet, but in my attempts I came across a few places worth the try, which I’d like to share.

Yaki Pe-Ma Chi-Zu

Yaki Pe-Ma Chi-Zu

In this first article, I’d like to talk about the Yummy Tori restaurant. I really love Japanese cuisine, specially maki and this is the first Japanese restaurant I’ve tried in Edinburgh.

I was a bit surprised to discover that they’re not making maki at all! Anyway, I started with Yaki Pe-Ma Chi-Zu, which are green peppers stuffed with cheese and wrapped in shaved pork. Although it was looking and smelling nice, they ended up being not really tasty. Damn, so far the Japanese experience is not going so great!

Yakiniku Beef

Yakiniku Beef

My next dish was  Yaniku Beef, beef with sliced onions in a black pepper sauce. That was a really good choice! I’m usually delighted by beef meat in Chinese and Japanese cuisine, and it wasn’t different this time. Yay! Also, the little salad with it made everything go together really well.

For the drinks, I took a Lemongrass and Raspberry Martini (OK, it’s a girl drink…but I had no idea!). The ingredients are : Sake, cointreau, lemongrass and ginger cordial, and cranberry juice. I think it went directly into my top 3-best-cocktails list! This was so refreshing and sweet! It may not be the best to drink with the beef, but it is a wonderful cocktail, worth the try.

Lemongrass and Raspberry Martini

Lemongrass and Raspberry Martini

Conclusion: Nice restaurant, safe bet and good for students (did I mention that it was pretty cheap for Edinburgh?) or a casual night out!

That’s all for today! Next time I’ll try a more typical Scottish tavern! Stay tuned for more info on the best place to eat and drink in the Athens of the North! –Alexis Urvoy

The Intrepid French Adventurer

The Intrepid French Adventurer

Ed – When I toured Europe last year, as part of  Sally Spring and the Folk Country Blueboys, the centerpiece of the tour was playing in Belfort, France at F.I.M.U. I wrote a very short piece about it because there wasn’t much news to offer relating to beer…or at least beer to my taste. One of the true high points of the experience was meeting and spending a few days and evenings with our “pilot,” the student assigned as our guide and interpreter, Alexis Urvoy. A computer science major, his focus on underwater computers (beats me), he landed an internship in Edinburgh, Scotland, a city I’ve been to a couple times, having written about it on this site as well.

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