May is warming up nicely with a new African restaurant opening in Edinburgh, a one off pop-up restaurant at Holyrood, cinema viewing at a new level; in every sense of the word, a chance to hear Scottish food author talking about her iconic cookbook over a Scottish themed meal and the world’s biggest book sale might offer up some cookbook inspiration and then take to the streets with a new walking food tour.
Mara Menzies, the storyteller, entertained with vivid tales from Africa while we tucked into the carvery. All the tender joints of meat (including delicious leg of goat) were marinated in African spices and served up with coconut flavoured rice, a vivid green irio (a Kenyan mash of potato, green peas and sweetcorn), sweet potatoes, ugali (polenta), Ugandan green banana and fried sukuma wiki (kale). This Kenyan style carvery will be available regularly on the last Sunday of the month. For the adventurous there’s also regular steak nights when game meats – from zebra to giraffe, wildebeast to crocodile, and reindeer to rib eye – are cooked to order. Francis and Serah Kimuyu had built up a loyal following for their African food in Falkirk before they took the bold move to Edinburgh. So expect good things from them in the capital.
Jambo Grill and Restaurant, 169-173 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh. EH3 9PW Telephone : 0131 228 6088