This month’s eating out round up comes from Claire, who blogs at What Claire Baked and her local area is Dundee and it’s surrounding towns and villages. It’s a brilliant part of the world for food fans (all that fresh fish!) so over to Claire, for her top eating out destinations…
Tayside is an exciting place to be right now – there’s a multi million pound redevelopment of the Dundee waterfront area currently ongoing, we have the V&A Museum opening in 2017 and there’s lots of great restaurants and bars opening across Dundee and the surrounding area. I’ve pulled together ten of my favourites for Foodies100 readers and hope one day you’ll come to Scotland and visit this up and coming city…
Best for Girly Catch Ups
Avery & Co, Dundee
Situated on South Tay Street, Avery and Co is a coffee haven during the day and a restaurant by night. Grant, the owner, can’t do enough for his guests and the menu is easily adapted for coeliacs. The venue is also home to the “Dundee Marmalade Mojito” enjoyed by groups of girls across the city. Available for private events.
Best for Japanese
Oshibori, Dundee – Although not the cheapest menu in town, Oshibori’s décor is beautiful, the menu is extensive and each dish is artistically presented to the diner. The highlight of a visit is a complimentary trip to the sushi tree. Oshibori is a great first date venue, for the adventurous diner!
Best for Burgers
The Meat House, Dundee – Brilliant for a morning-after-the-night-before lunch, The Meat House uses prime cuts of Scottish beef on its menu of luxury steaks and burgers. Try the venison burger – it has a base of chilli and a black pudding topping. Sides sold separately (the parmesan fries come recommended).
Best for Scottish Cuisine
A newbie to the dining scene, this fantastic Scottish restaurant focuses on the use of local quality ingredients, which are turned into fantastic tasting dishes by a young head chef. Already a 2 AA rosette restaurant in its first year of opening, I’d tip this place for a Michelin Star in future. On my last visit, I enjoyed a halibut main course which was nothing short of sensational. Booking required and perfect for special occasions.
Best for Lunch with the Ladies
Jessie’s Kitchen, Broughty Ferry
An old mansion house next to a nursery may not sound like a dream location, but with views overlooking Broughty Ferry and the silvery Tay river, Jessie’s provides a great lunch stop for a catch up with friends or a coffee out with Granny. Soup, posh sandwiches and home made cakes are the order of the day, all served on mismatched china and Annie Sloan-esque furniture. After lunch, take a walk around the nursery next door and choose some beautiful flowers for your home.
Best for Coffee with a Conscience
Henry’s Coffee House, Dundee
Located in the City Square, Henry’s is an independent coffee house with a conscience. Their suspended coffee scheme invites the public to buy a second coffee at the till, in the form of a voucher, which is donated to a local food bank for those in need. A great range of coffees, herbal teas and soft drinks are on offer and it’s a great spot for an informal meeting or just a coffee… and their traybakes are to die for. So successful, they’ve opened a second branch round the corner.
Best for Pizza and Pasta
The Italian Grill, Dundee
Recently opened in the revamped City Square, by night you can enjoy views out to the Caird Hall, lit in stunning colours. All dishes are adaptable for coeliacs, meaning gluten free friends can enjoy a proper Italian dish with the rest of you. Great for families: kids can choose their own pizza toppings and be like Mum and Dad! The private dining area can hold up to 18 people for a special occasion. Oh and the ravioli is a dream!
Best for a Good Old Cup of Tea
T Ann Cake, Dundee
Sometimes we just need a cup of tea. Or a pot. And a slice of cake… make that a whole cake. Even on the gloomiest of days, a trip to T Ann Cake will put a smile on your face. Big bowls of homemade soup are on offer for lunch, your tea has its very own cosy and the cakes are made fresh on the premises. What more does a girl want?
Best for Seafood
The Old Boatyard, Arbroath
Situated in the harbour at Arbroath, diners can watch fishing boats come in at this picturesque sea food restaurant. There’s a wonderful outdoor seating area, perfect for lunch on a summer’s day, but always at the mercy of Scottish weather, perhaps indoors is a safer choice! I’d recommend the fishcake with chill noodles for a light lunch.
Best for Pub Grub
The Royal Arch, Broughty Ferry
Looking for a traditional pub, with good ales and a decent menu? The Royal Arch is a winner. Proper home cooked pub grub, big portion sizes and cosy tables, sport on the TV if you want it and locally sourced seafood make The Royal Arch ideal for an after work dinner. It’s particularly busy on a Friday – booking is recommended. My dinner of choice: breaded haddock, chips and peas.
Claire is 26 and a blogger based on the east coat of Scotland. A keen foodie, she works in marketing in the food industry by day and creates baking and cooking posts for What Claire Baked in the evening. Spot What Claire Baked’s creations on whatclairebaked.co.uk, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.