REVIEW: Spice Jones World Buffet

Spice Jones World Buffet, 282-284 High Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1LB

Long time no write! I’m sure you’ll all be glad to hear that I arrived in France safely. I haven’t had internet access for the past week, which was very painful. It feels good to be back in front of my laptop, even if I am a little sunburned from spending my days lying on the beach in Noirmoutier reading Game of Thrones.

I’m sure I’ve already explained that things started to get very hectic before we left Edinburgh. Ten days before setting off, James took part in (and completed!) Tough Mudder:

James being a tough mudder
My Tough Mudder, James

…and a few days before leaving I was bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding:

All dolled up, in the middle

This meant that the last few days of Edinburgh antics for me involved shellac nails and spray tan and for him it meant recovering from a grueling 12 mile obstacle course. He still has some of the bruises. Actually, so do I.

My deepest apologies to everyone I didn’t manage to see before leaving (particularly those who I stood up last minute, and those who attended the surprise party that we didn’t turn up for). In the end our leaving Edinburgh meal turned out not to be in Edinburgh at all, but over the bridge in Kirkcaldy, and it was more of an accidental coincidence than anything else: we’d planned to go for dinner that evening anyway, forgetting it would be our last chance before running away.

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GUEST POST: Hong Kong Foodie

Things have been so hectic round here that I haven’t had much time to update my wee blog. Luckily for me, I have some awesome friends who like to write guest posts. My favourite travel blogger, and ex colleague, Dave from Freelance Flaneur has helpfully written me a few words about Hong Kong food – mmmm.  Take it away, Dave!

Jemma’s kindly/unwisely let me write about some things I’ve eaten, which I hope someone might find useful as a document of authentic world cuisine out here in Asia, where the food is scarcely recognisable as what you’d probably consider Real Chinese Food 6,000 miles from the Middle Kingdom.

That was the intention anyway, until it dawned on me that I wouldn’t be able to give very reliable advice, due to a complete lack of Cantonese skills apart from what I learned from Po on Teletubbies (that’s true). Eating blind has mostly been a rewarding experience in the various non-English speaking countries I’ve lived in over the past 18 months, though it carries risks. I won’t go into some of the disgusting things I’ve eaten by accident here.

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Nobles Bar Review for the July Edition of Bite Magazine

Edinburgh Bite Magazine July

Nobles, 44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS
0131 629 7215

This article was originally featured in the July 2012 edition of Bite Magazine, the free mini-guide to eating and drinking in and around Edinburgh. Pick up your copy at all good venues now, or download a copy from their website.

Nobles Bar is the perfect place to while away a cold and dreary Scottish summer evening.

The threat of rain was in the air when I arrived at Nobles, and one glance at their menu told me I was in the right place for some old fashioned comfort food.

Inside, the high ceilinged hall maintained an air of coziness. Perhaps it’s the way the dying sunlight filters through the stained glass windows, onto the dark wood tables and comfy leather sofas.

The menu isn’t split into starters and mains ,but some dishes have got two prices beside them, meaning you can order a smalle rversion to whet your appetite. Absolutely ravenous, we started with a small portion of black pudding and smoked haddock fishcake (£5) and a Noble’s platter (£7.95).

The fishcake was astounding: I’ll admit I hadmy doubts about black pudding and fish, but the smokiness of the haddock mingled well with the rich black pudding and creamy potato. It was served with a red pepper and cinnamon marmalade and a poached egg: another combination that sounds peculiar in theory but was well executed.

The platter would please any antipasti aficionado, and I’ll be ordering another the next time I pop in for a vino. Olives, anchovies, crostini, bread, oils: my favourite had to be the cheeky wee goats cheese stuffed peppers, which had quite a kick.

For the mains, I had to have the beef Wellington (£12.95). Dainty Michelin food this was not: I got what I paid for and more, with a plate full to bursting with juicy beef, crisp pastry, and roasted new potatoes. The red wine reduction was served in a separate bowl so I enjoyed dunking my Wellington and potatoes in there.

My Other Half ordered the lamb shank served with rose harissa (£11.95). Through happy mouthfuls he told me that the lamb was succulent, falling off the bone, and the spicy harissa made an interesting complement that was different from the usual Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Satisfied and stuffed, we battled through the rain to find a taxi.

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