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Edinburgh's Merienda restaurant reveals new 'taste of Barcelona' menu

The award-winning restaurant is taking diners to Spain with its latest small plates menu.

Published: July 9, 2020

Merienda has launched a "Taste of Barcelona" menu, featuring small plates from the popular Spanish city.

In preparation for opening next month, Merienda is moving away from full sized dishes available from the popular social distanced delivery service, which launched at the start of lockdown, to focus on its award-winning small plates menu.

This week sees Merienda take its customers to Barcelona for its first outing with the 'Taste of Barcelona' menu.

This new concept features an 8-course tapas menu for 2 at £55 and will be delivered around Edinburgh and outlying areas on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July.

As an extra bonus for those looking to complete the Spanish experience, Cava Sangria is priced at £25 - normally £35.

The Scottish Government announces its social distancing guidelines for restaurants on 9th July and Campbell Mickel, chef proprietor of Merienda restaurant is excited and keen to get back to what he enjoys the most - cooking and serving customers.

Speaking of the new menu, Campbell said: "We want to go on holiday. We often can only manage a couple days flying visit close by, where we can experience food, wine, ambience and re-charge a little.

"There's no place we love more than Barcelona. Since there's no way to get there right now, we thought we'd put together a menu of the dishes we would be enjoying if we were there now.

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"Throw in some cava sangria and eat these in your garden - the perfect outdoor dining (or indoors - it is Scotland after all). This destination-inspired tasting menu is an indication of what you can expect when Merienda re-launches in August."

Taste of Barcelona Delivery Menu is available to book online here.

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£55 for 2 people
£25 Cava Sangria (normally £35.00)

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Campbell Mickel was one of the very first hospitality operators to launch a social distanced delivery service on the day the UK government lockdown was announced.

Because of this and the press coverage that followed, Campbell lent his cooking and catering expertise to fellow restaurateurs and caterers
around the globe and helped them change to this new business model all while keeping Edinburgh residents well fed in lockdown.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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