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One of the cocktails - the

French Connection - contains nine different spices and is set on fi re in front of guests for added effect. Kate Mezpa, Mitha’s mixologist, explains “There was a French settlement that went to India and it was actually they who fi rst decided to warm up their cognac and infuse it with spices, so we’ve named it after them. We put on a live show for the person that orders it because we infuse the spice in front of them.” Other highlights from the Mithas cocktail list, which is inspired by the fruits and herbs of India, include Passion Zest, which has fresh passion fruit and mango puree, and a Watermelon Martini. Group general manager, Jaimon George, comments, “We source the best ingredients and spices from around the world for our award-winning food and we have sought to ensure the same applies for our exciting cocktails. We felt that many people at the end of the night wanted to stay longer which is what this new bar offers. Customers can choose from our wide selection of wines and spirits or try one of our delicious new cocktails to continue their evening.“

The new Mithas Bar adjoins the

two AA rosette Mithas restaurant, which is owned by the Khushi family, who also run Khushi’s in the Scottish capital. Mithas claims to be the fi rst Indian restaurant in Scotland to have its own in-house sommelier, after headhunting Glen Montgomery, who formerly worked at the Witchery on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Glen, who is working closely with Kate, has been hired to deliver his expertise to diners in the notoriously tricky skill of matching spicy dishes with the perfect wine from an extensive list. Mithas features a subtly lit dining room fi lled with warm wood and intimate booths, offset by the buzz of the open kitchen. Sourcing only from trusted suppliers, specialities on the menu include tandoori stuffed mushrooms with honey marinade and lamb chop tikka. Sister restaurant Khushi’s is

believed to be the fi rst Indian restaurant to open in Scotland, back in 1947, and the family now has two restaurants, in Edinburgh and Dunfermline. In 2011, the family decided to venture out and open a contemporary restaurant in Leith and in less than two years Mithas has become one of the city’s most popular restaurants, already winning a number of awards. n


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