The shortlist for the 2012 Scottish Restaurant Awards has been unveiled.
The awards, which are now in their fifth year and recognise the best restaurants across Scotland, have this year introduced two new categories: Most Innovative Restaurant of the Year and Best Takeaway Restaurant.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Glasgow's Science Centre on 27 February 2012.
Ronnie Sommerville of 5pm.co.uk, organiser of the awards, said: "It's great to have such a wide variety of venues chosen by the public and finalists are spread across the length and breadth of the country.
"These awards highlight the very best of what the Scottish dining scene has to offer and we congratulate each of the finalists on getting this far."
The finalists are:
Best Italian Restaurant of the Year Cucina at Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh
Italian Caffe, Glasgow
Osteria, North Berwick
Best Indian Restaurant of the Year Mithas, Edinburgh
Mother India, Edinburgh
Punjabi Tadka, East Kilbride
Best Oriental Restaurant of the Year Nahm-Jim, Fife
Yorokobi by CJ, Aberdeen
Best Family Restaurant of the Year Cruize, Auchrannie Resort, Isle of Arran
Di Maggios, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow
Most Innovative Restaurant of the Year 21212, Edinburgh
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh
Best Pub Grub of the Year Caley Sample Rooms, Edinburgh
Cock & Bull, Aberdeen
The Fox & Hounds, Houston
The Sun Inn, Edinburgh
Best Hotel Restaurant of the Year Airds Hotel, Argyll
Chez Roux - Greywalls, Gullane
The Albannach, Inverness
Best Customer Service of the Year 29 The Grill at the Square, Glasgow
The Scottish Café & Restaurant, Edinburgh
Best Rural Restaurant of the Year Braidwoods, Dalry
Gordon's Restaurant, Angus
The Whitehouse, Argyll
Best Takeaway Restaurant of the Year Dining In, Bearsden
Mhor Fish, Perthshire
The Wee Hurrie, Troon
Zen Kitchen, Edinburgh
Best Seafood Restaurant of the Year Café Fish, Edinburgh
Mhor Fish, Perthshire
Newcomer of the Year Barolo Grill, Glasgow
Kanpai Sushi, Edinburgh
The Honours, Edinburgh
The winners of the overall Restaurant of the Year and the Chef of the Year title will be announced at the event in February.
By Kerstin Kühn
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