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Although not as well-known as the restaurant scene in Edinburgh or Glasgow, Dundee’s foodie focus is strong and creative. There is an emphasis on modern Scottish cooking using seasonal ingredients and local produce in the city’s kitchens; we pick ten of the best restaurants to check out here.
The Milton Inn in Monifieth, just up the Firth of Tay from Broughty Ferry, is in an area that was recently revealed to lie upon an ancient lava stream. The historic inn features several crow-step gables that are one of the most famous features of Scottish vernacular architecture. The Milton Inn is known for offering hearty food with a particularly rich selection of ales and whiskies. The cask beers on offer include ales from English and Scottish breweries such as Adnams, Eden Brewing in St Andrews and Stewart Brewing in Edinburgh. The whisky menu features both blends and single malts from all of the Scottish regions including Bowmore and Laphroiag from Islay, Old Pulteney and Dalwhinnie from the Highlands, Glen Scotia in Campbeltown, and Aberlour and Mortlach from Speyside.
The Milton Inn, Grange Road, Monifieth, Dundee, Scotland, +44 01382 532620
The Playwright is another excellent venue based on Tay Square in the Cultural Quarter of Dundee close to the Repertory Theatre, the Dundee Centre for Contemporary Arts and the University of Dundee. The Playwright was established in November 2007 with pre-theatre, lunch and dinner menus and an extensive wine list; cocktails available include the trademark Playwright Iced Tea made with rum, black vodka, fresh lime, ginger, pisco and sagatiba cachacha. On the à la carte menu are dishes such as fillet of beef with Anya potatoes, baby onions and spinach, lamb sweet breads with peppers and spaetzle and halibut with tempura mussels, lobster sauce, trumpetts and pak choi.
The Playwright, 11 Tay Street, Dundee, Scotland, +44 01382 223113