Aberdeen’s reputation as a culinary hotspot has gradually been rising and the city now stands alongside Edinburgh and Glasgow as a centre of gastronomic excellence. With fantastic produce coming from the Highlands and from the east coast fishing industry, Aberdeen’s restaurants are now at the forefront of the promotion of superb, locally sourced Scottish produce and natural ingredients. Here is our updated guide to the 10 best restaurants in Aberdeen.
The Moonfish Café boasts a historic location in the centre of the city on the Correction Wynd in the old Merchant’s Quarter – a wynd being the Scots term for a narrow lane. Where the Moonfish Café now stands there was once a House of Correction for ne’er-do-wells and local vagrants in the 17th century and the restaurant now offers diners the fantastic view of St Nicholas’ Kirk. Thankfully times have changed the place – the Café can boast of having been a runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards and received a glowing write-up in the 2014 Waitrose Good Food Guide. Diners can also admire the works of Aberdeen photographer Sam Brill that are displayed around the restaurant. On the menu are excellent main courses including guinea fowl with turnips, mushrooms, tomato and tarragon, and fillet of beef with blue cheese and beetroot and pickled walnut.