Today’s eating out guide comes courtesy of Claire, who blogs at Foodie Quine. Today she’ll be sharing with us her insider’s view of the very best places to eat out in and around Aberdeen.
I’m proud to have played a tiny part in the Foodstory story by way of participation in crowdfunding their move to bigger premises.
Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength and are soon to open an upper floor with wholefoods shop, gathering table, sharing kitchen, creative space and pop up events. Expect an abundance of homemade fresh food, great artisan coffee, a warm welcome and chilled vibe within a recycled and upcycled setting.
There’s is a fantastic selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and raw options, stunning free from cakes and the best salads on offer in Aberdeen. Eat in or take away with BYOB in the evenings.
As seen on Bake Off Creme de la Crème, Almondine is the ultimate place to go for Afternoon Tea in Aberdeen. Family run and located in the stylish West End nestled amongst quirky shops and boutiques. Serving up absolutely stunning patisserie and exquisitely flavoured and brightly coloured handmade Macarons.
Be sure to book well in advance for Afternoon Tea – with or without bubbles. Lunches and take away also available.
In all its reincarnations of location the food at Yatai never fails to impress, serving up an impressive selection of modern Japanese food that practices traditional techniques while utilising the best ingredients that Aberdeenshire has to offer.
The daily specials are always worth a try and often contain foraged or home grown ingredients. Order your choice of dishes from the menu or set a budget and go Omakase which literally means “trust us”. For me, the soft shell crab maki is a must on every visit. Staff are passionate and knowledgeable and happy to help with food and sake choices.
Despite the name Moonfish, this contemporary Aberdeen restaurant serves much more than fish and focuses on the use of fresh, seasonal and locally sourced Scottish produce.
It’s central location is within a Medieval cobbled street overlooking the historic Kirk of St. Nicholas. Head Chef is Brian Mcleish who rose to prominence as a finalist in Masterchef: The Professionals in 2014.
The lunch and dinner menus consist of four courses, Snacks, Small, Large and Sweet. Alongside the food is a carefully curated wine offering and an extensive gin list. Keep an eye out for special events and tasting menus.
I make no apologies for the inclusion of a second Japanese eatery. Small but perfectly formed this one is a real hidden gem.
Nestled in the basement of Aberdeen Market it’s as close as you are going to get to a Hawker Center without going to Singapore. Sit in or takeaway options include sushi, hot food bowls and ramen. Fine dining it is not but as we would say in Aberdeen it’s “affa fine”. Which means it’s really good. They also run sushi making workshops if you fancy having a go yourself.
Claire Jessiman is a Scottish Freelance Foodie based in Aberdeen who has been blogging her Edible Scottish Adventures for the past 5 years as ‘Foodie Quine’ (rhymes with wine and is the Aberdonian word for a girl). A mum of two and wife of one, she is passionate about cooking from scratch, seasonality, food education and family-friendly recipes. She’s always keen to seek out local food specialities, markets and experiences whilst travelling in the UK and abroad and is eager to champion local Farmers, Suppliers and Producers. Addicted to social media, Claire is also partial to Cheese, Gin, Peanut Butter, Tea and Rhubarb and is permanently looking for the recipe that can successfully combine them all. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.