It’s a busy month for Edinburgh chef Mark Greenaway as he opens his second restaurant and his latest TV appearance airs. Bistro Moderne on North West Circus Place, at the top of Stockbridge is a relaxed take on the French bistro. It serves simpler versions of the dishes Mark has won awards for at Restaurant Mark Greenway, alongside some innovations. There’s a dessert bar, Sunday roasts of Aberdeen Angus beef and chicken and a five-course grazing menu to match with whisky, beer and spirits and showcase drinks produced in Scotland. Bistro Moderne sees Mark and his fiancée Nicola Jack going into business with Sue and Jeremy Hitchen, who operate the popular Foodies Festivals. Mark’s TV show is Teen Canteen on BBC2 Scotland. On it he works with a group of sixth year pupils from Linlithgow Academy who use their school canteen to set up a takeaway food business in the final week of term. It airs on three Tuesdays in December.
Sundays are increasingly the day to be seen in Stockbridge, and that’s thanks to the regular artisans’ market and the wealth of established lunch and brunch spots. Now Mark’s bistro will add to the popularity of the area. In fact, it seems the road from central Edinburgh to Stockbridge is abuzz with gastronomic activity. Papavero is an Italian restaurant which has taken over the Room in the Town site on Howe Street. Gregor is the chef/owner and presides over the homely space and its eclectic Scottish/jazz/blues soundtrack. Nice also to see Bistro Moderne’s near neighbour Patisserie Florentine getting a makeover too. Stockbridge is back on the foodie map again.