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Chef Mark Greenaway’s Favourite Tables

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We are delighted to welcome Mark to our Chef’s Table.  With a passion for using Scottish ingredients,  including the very best of seasonal produce, Mark then transforms them with modern techniques, to the delight of his customers at his eponymous Restaurant Mark Greenaway in Edinburgh. Mark’s menu at his 3 AA Rosettes establishment are always intriguing with a presentation that is a culinary delight to both the eye and palate.

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With his passion for cooking beginning at just 15 it was a move from Glasgow to Lanark that saw his culinary career really starting in 1992.  Mark then went on to gain valuable experience during a 5-year stint in Australia, working at some of the nation’s top establishments. Mark says “the standard of cookery in Australia was on a par with what you would find in London at the time” adding “the outdoor park and beach life did win hands down”

On his return to Scotland, Mark continued his profession at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, Kilcamb Lodge Hotel in Strontian and The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel in the Scottish Borders. Away from the kitchen, Mark has taught at Braehead Cookery School and the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, as well as giving regular cookery demonstrations at food events including Foodies Festival, Taste of Edinburgh, Hotel Olympia in London and the Scottish Chefs Conference.


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In April 2012 and again in 2013 Mark represented Scotland on BBC2’s Great British Menu Programme.

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During 2013 The Mark Greenaway Award was established to find Scotland’s most innovative dessert from an amateur chef. On Sunday 8 December 2013, a shortlist of 5 entrants were invited to Restaurant Mark Greenaway to prepare their desserts for the judges –  Mark, Leila Kean from Innis & Gunn and Donald Reid, food and drink editor at The List magazine

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Matthew Wood, a 32 year old Project Manager for a scientific research company, impressed the judges with his dish of baked apple terrine with puff pastry and vanilla cream, blackberry jelly, spiced apple spheres and caramel sauce.  Mark was particularly impressed by Matthew’s technical ability.

2013 was a busy year for Mark, also seeing the opening of Bistro Moderne  a new concept in bistro dining from this award-winning chef.  Taking the classic French concept and revitalising it with the imaginative dishes he is famed for. “The bistro setting allows me to add a further level to my cooking, whilst working with some great local suppliers”,  “we buy our bread from the baker down the street, and cheese from neighbour Iain Mellis”. Open daily with a changing blackboard of featured dishes,with Fridays seeing a rotation of Beef Wellington or Chateaubriand.


With such a busy schedule we wondered, when Mark does have time to relax, where does he go to enjoy a meal.

When we do get a chance to make a trip, we head straight for London and to Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair. Anyone thinking of opening a Brasserie should use this restaurant as the template.

Chef Eric Chavot and the team have created an amazing place. The attention to detail from the layout of the restaurant, to the table setting used and the wines selected is just what a brasserie should be. This is our Favourite Tables choice.


41 Conduit Street
Mayfair, London

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Double Delight in Edinburgh

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Chef Mark Greenaway today revealed his plans to open a second restaurant in Edinburgh.   Due to open in early December the new venture, called Bistro Moderne, will be housed in the recently-closed Café Fish on North West Circus Place in Stockbridge. The Georgian building, which was formerly a bank, is currently being renovated. Mark Greenaway's New Premises at 69 North Castle Street


Bistro Moderne will take the classic French bistro concept and revitalise it by adding imaginative dishes, a dessert bar and a 5-course grazing menu matched with whisky, beer and spirits to showcase drinks produced in Scotland.

Mark commented:

“I’ll be using the same fresh Scottish ingredients that I use at Restaurant Mark Greenaway, just treating them slightly differently.  And because Bistro will be open on a Sunday we’ll be serving amazing roasts of Aberdeen Angus beef and chicken.  I’m quite excited about that.  We’ll also have daily-changing blackboards for food and drinks and cocktails.  And I currently have a few surprises up my sleeve.  There’s a lot to look forward to.”

With 80 covers, the spacious restaurant will offer seating across two bars, two areas within the main room, and a further smaller area to the rear.  The Bistro will operate a no reservations policy for dining at the bar, although bookings can be made for table seating.

Bistro Moderne will be operated in partnership with new business partners Sue and Jeremy Hitchen.  The Hitchens operate Foodies Festivals which take place across the UK.


Bistro Moderne will be open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner.  Breakfast will be served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Earlier this month Mark launched the Mark Greenaway Award in association with independent brewer Innis & Gunn.  The award has been established to find Scotland’s best amateur pastry chef.

Mark will be appearing in a new BBC Two documentary Teen Canteen later this month.

Bistro Moderne

15 North West Circus Place

Edinburgh EH3 6SX


Twitter: @bistromoderne

Restaurant Mark Greenaway – www.markgreenaway.com