This month marks the arrival of more excellent partners to Tonic's Scottish division: read on to hear all about Tomás Gormley's exciting new venture, Cardinal, and our work with Rusacks St Andrews. We also gear up to launch Doma, Mystic Burek's first cookbook, this spring. It's such a pleasure to work on a project as personal and unique as a cookbook, so we are looking forward to sharing the story of Spasia and her recipes with you over the next few months. Monday sees 2024's Michelin star announcement too, so best of luck to those waiting in eager anticipation.


Tomás Gormley to open CARDINAL in Edinburgh this March

Acclaimed chef Tomás Gormley will open the doors to his first solo restaurant next month in Edinburgh's Eyre Place. Cardinal will see Tomás' elevated take on modern Scottish dining play out across a 13-course tasting menu, showcasing the incredible breadth of the country's natural larder. Expect big flavours courtesy of Tomás's pickling prowess, and flame-licked ingredients from the wood-fired barbecue. Read more here.

Tonic now working with RUSACKS ST ANDREWS, and its restaurants 18, THE BRIDGE, and ONE UNDER BAR

We are excited to be working with Rusacks St Andrews, the historic hotel a stone's throw from legendary golfing hub the Old Course. Alongside unrivalled views of the 18th hole, rooftop restaurant 18 serves locally sourced seafood, meat and game from its robata grill; nearby West Sands Beach gets a Mediterranean neighbour in the form of The Bridge, and the cosy yet sophisticated One Under Bar offers elevated pub food and fine drams.

Tonic launching DOMA, the debut cookbook from Mystic Burek's Spasia Pandora Dinkovski, this April

This spring, we're taking a trip to the Balkans with Mystic Burek founder Spasia Pandora Dinkovski, whose debut cookbook DOMA: Contemporary Flavours from the Balkan Diaspora explores the rich culinary heritage of North Macedonia. From her grandmother's filo pie - which went from lockdown hobby to smash-hit business - to delectable desserts, Spasia will share more than 80 recipes, and heartwarming stories. Read more here.

What's on this month

Chinese New Year comes to Poon's Wontoneria on 12th February, when Amy Poon will share some of her favourite festive dishes at an intimate dinner. From 2nd to 22nd February, ROKA is celebrating its 20th birthday with a '20 for 20' set menu priced at just £20, featuring signature dishes such as its salmon fillet teriyaki with sansho salt. Mauro Colgreco's Saison will recreate Menton's famed Citrus Festival from 19th February, with a lemon-centric menu channeling the French Riviera. JOIA will be marking Battersea's annual Light Festival with a Blackout Dinner lit by hundreds of candles on the 21st February, while rugby fans can catch all the Six Nations action at One Under Bar at Rusacks St Andrews, which will screen every match. From 5th February, Mortimer House Kitchen will open with Tom Cenci's transportative new Italian menu.

Dish spotlight: Rhubarb and custard

Rhubarb buttermilk pancake at Nessa 

For a punch of flavour this Pancake Day, try Nessa's fluffy buttermilk iteration, topped with rhubarb, custard and a ginger crumble.

Rhubarb bun at Twelve Triangles

Scottish star bakers Twelve Triangles are putting a seasonal twist on the cardamom bun, packing theirs with rhubarb and vanilla custard.

Where to dine on Valentine's Day

Nothing says 'I love you' like a pink ice cream cake, right? Nessa's Valentine's Viennessa sandwiches red velvet cake in between layers of strawberry ice cream, topped with macerated cherries. The Chelsea Pig also hits the sweet spot with a Red Velvet dessert of almond and dark chocolate cake, raspberry ganache, vanilla ice cream and rose crème anglaise. At Chalk, a four-course menu can be enjoyed with glasses of award-winning sparkling wine made from grapes grown in the surrounding Wiston Estate vineyards. There is surely no dinner spot more romantic than LUCA's terrace, where a Michelin-starred Valentine's menu features roasted duck with Yorkshire rhubarb. For an extra special date, Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at The OWO's menu takes Valentine's chocolate to the next level, serving it with pigeon and dried figs.