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Scotland’s third largest city, Aberdeen, lies on the bracing North Sea coast and has long been known as a booming city thanks to the oil industry. Given its proximity to the sea and the Highlands, you can expect fresh fish and hearty beef and venison dishes at these ten noteworthy spots.
The Moonfish Café is located in the centre of Aberdeen on the historic Correction Wynd on which once stood a House of Correction for vagrants and delinquents back in the 17th century. The menu at the Moonfish Café is not hidebound to tradition and the chef and owner Christian Recomio takes inspiration from ingredients and flavours discovered on worldwide travels.
The Silver Darling provides the highest standard fine dining. The name is taken from the colloquial Scottish term for the herring and reflects the strong emphasis on fish on the menu. Opened back in 1986, the restaurant is owned and run by French chef Didier Dejean. It has a unique location, situated in a large glass conservatory on top of a castellated former customs house on the quayside, enabling diners to look out over the North Sea. The restaurant has been continuously recommended in the Good Food Guide and boasts an impressive menu. Starters served at dinner include pan-fried scallops with leek and onion fondue and Serrano ham, whilst the mains menu features steamed turbot, poached monkfish and fillet of sea bream.
Yatai Izakaya offers the finest modern and traditional Japanese cuisine. The chef, John Jones, started out cooking for executives at Honda before heading to London to work in leading Japanese restaurants such as Zuma in Knightsbridge and the Michelin-starred Umu Kaiseki. After this he travelled the length of Japan discovering flavours and the finest ingredients, as well as working in various restaurants including the prestigious Tokyo Park Hyatt. His menu at Yatai Izakaya features lots of excellent seafood such as squid, eel, and prawn and dishes including salmon with teriyaki, tuna loin with spicy butter Sauce, and Japanese beef flank.
Yatai Izakaya, 53 Langstane Place, Aberdeen, Scotland +44 1224 592 355