There are many great ways to eat your way around Edinburgh. I had a chat with the owner of Oloroso – one of the top restaurants and one of the best locations if you want to dine with a view over the city centre. Here is the story of Tony Singh and his passion for Scotland and local, seasonal food!
How did you start your career as a chef? And how did your interest in food come about?
I started with a Youth Training Scheme with Scottish and Newcastle, but my passion for food and sharing it came from my Mum and my Religion. I am Sikh and one of the corner stones of our faith is a Free Communal kitchen – a meal called Lungar.
Oloroso is one of Edinburgh’s leading restaurants – what would you say is best thing about running a restaurant in Edinburgh?
It has to be the amazing amount of events that happen in the city – from the Science Festival, to the Film Festival and the Festival Fringe – there are so many to mention! They all bring in so many interesting people from around the world.
Oloroso – what does the name come from and what does it mean?
The name means aromatic, spicy and was chosen by my late partner, James Sankey, who was a truly amazing person. James loved his wine, and the name also comes from a style of Sherry called ‘Oloroso’ because it is left to oxidize in the barrel to give it a vey aromatic and tasty style.
Where do you find your inspiration?
From all over – from travel, books, working with different chefs, trying different food… I am like a Magpie – anything that glitters and is good I will have it!
What would you say makes Oloroso unique compared to other restaurants?
My team, they are great at making guest feel welcome and have a great time in Oloroso. And the setting – the view from our roof terrace is just spectacular at sunset with the iconic Edinburgh Castle back drop.
Scotland’s food scene is growing and there are loads of award winning restaurants, what makes Scotland such a great place for food & drink?
The simple answer is Scotland’s larder is one of the best in the world. Our seafood, beef and game are renowned across the globe, and we have such a array of artisan produces and fantastic chefs that do the produce justice. Scotland is a foodies treasure trove!
Yum, I’m getting hungry now!!