New in Food: East Pizzas, Koelschip Beer & more

From top-drawer pizzas to brilliant new beer bars, our pick of the best new spots in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Feature by Peter Simpson | 20 Oct 2017
  • East Pizzas

East Pizzas
We have some bad news to pass on. One of our favourite pizza joints in Edinburgh, Wildmanwood, is closed until next year thanks to building work right outside its front door. The good news is that East Pizzas, another addition to the crop of new venues down at the Shore, is here to fill the gap. Tasty Neapolitan-style pizza made with great local ingredients, a simple menu and some tasty local beers to go with it – it's all we really want a lot of the time, and now we know where to get it. 7 Commercial St, Edinburgh, facebook.com/eastpizzas

Chameleon
On the edge of Stockbridge, Chameleon has plenty going for it. The food is an inventive mix of tapas-style small plates so there's a chance to bash into lots of flavours in one sitting. The drinks menu is full of intriguing cocktails with interesting-but-not-ridiculous names. The decor screams 'tasteful Batcave', so expect to find yourself spending a bit of time inside working through those menus. 48 Howe St, Edinburgh

Nam Tuk Tram Stop
Do you ever struggle to find a dinner spot on which everyone in your group can agree? Well, the days of leaving the most infuriating friend at the bus stop are over, thanks to the pan-Asian flavours of Nam Tuk Tram Stop. The menu genuinely has a bit of everything on it – sushi, Thai soups, Japanese katsu, Taiwanese Old Fashioneds, five kinds of Soju – so it could prove to be a boon for the dinner-planners of Glasgow's West End. 2 Partick Bridge St, Glasgow, namtuk.co.uk

Koelschip Yard 
17 lines filled with independent beers from breweries around the world, with a focus on funky and interesting tipples. A rarely-spotted 'no cash' policy that means an evening at the pub doesn't have to end with you jingling like a drunk piñata, £15 in coins lining your pockets. "Outstanding Scotch Eggs" and rabbit salami in lieu of a kitchen. Koelschip Yard, how have you managed to read our minds so thoroughly? 686-688 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, koelschipyard.beer

Wee Beer Shop
Also new to Pollokshaws is Wee Beer Shop, a great option if you want to get your hands on some great beers but don't fancy dealing with any pesky members of the public. WBS' range is a diverse one, pulling in cans and bottles from breweries from all over the map, so if you have even the most passing interest in beer then check out the shelves. We think you'll be pleased with what you find. 623 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, weebeershop.co.uk

Loop and Scoop
Churros – they're comforting, they're sugary, they're delicious, and now they have their very own home in Glasgow. That's the 'Loop' part of the equation at Loop and Scoop; the rest comes in the form of tasty, tasty gelato. Combine the two together and you're laughing (while you wipe the sugar and chocolate off your face). 665 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, facebook.com/loopandscoop


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