Best known for its offshore oil and gas industry, Aberdeen also has a fantastic variety of places to eat out with a great mix of cuisines on offer. All of the usual nations are represented in the city centre, from Mexico to Thailand and of course Scotland.
If you’re looking for a chilled out vibe there are quaint, traditional tea rooms and locally run bistros. For those who prefer something more modern there’s a good selection of big name bars and restaurants to choose from. Here we have picked out a few of our favourites to get you started.
This well-known bar chain has a branch located at the top end of Langstone Place, just off Union Street and a 10 minute walk from the city’s main train station. The menu offers a delicious range of sharing platters, including mezze, charcuterie and a mouth-watering Camembert fondue with vegetable lollipops, served with fresh bread – yum. But don’t take our word for it – blogger Efia Sulter had this to say about this Aberdeen eatery:
“One of my favourite little places to go is Amicus Apple. I’d always thought it was more of a bar vibe – but the food there is to die for and the customer service alone would make me go back. It can get incredibly busy on weekends though so I’d recommend going during the week if you’re looking for a more intimate affair!”
On the other side of the train tracks lies this cosy little gem and a seafood lover’s paradise. Bistro Verde bills itself as one of the finest seafood restaurants in Aberdeen. And in a seafaring city this is a big claim and one that Efia has tested fully:
“Another restaurant we frequent is Bistro Verde. We are both huge seafood lovers so this is right up our street! There’s something really inviting about it and the crème brûlée is amazing!”
The menu offers up all of the usual suspects with tiger prawns, mussel, langoustines and clams featuring heavily but it does throw up some intriguing twists like baby calamari coated in Cajun spices and Thai tomato red seafood curry. Traditionalists will be pleased to see beer battered North Sea cod with mushy peas and chips makes a welcome appearance on the lunch board.
Tucked away in the merchant quarter of old Aberdeen, just a 5 minute walk from the Thistle Hotel Aberdeen, Musa bills itself as a restaurant, art gallery and live music venue. The Musa philosophy aims to pair Scottish classics with quirky interpretations. Michelle Muirhead took a leap of faith tasting her friend’s starter and was glad she did:
“Gillian’s Haggis and Coriander Spring Rolls were amazing. I know that’s a little clichéd to say but trust me, if you’re ever in Aberdeen, get your butt down to Musa just to try these babies. Crispy spring roll on the outside, peppery haggis on the inside with a chilli jam on the side. I honestly couldn’t fault anything about this dish (from the bits I tried) and I know neither could Gillian. We could have happily continued eating more of these until we could no longer move. That’s how good it was.”
The menu here is varied and there is an extensive daily specials board to choose from. Many of the dishes have nice little touches like ‘black pudding dauphinoise’ and ‘Punk IPA spiced jus’. For those with a sweet tooth, the ‘duck egg meringue with seasonal fruits’ or the ‘affogato – vanilla pod ice cream with a shot of cocoa psycho’ could be too tempting to pass up.
Best of the rest
With so many great places to choose from we just couldn’t leave these out. Foodie Quine, Claire Jessiman gives us her round-up of Aberdeen’s best places for food lovers,
“Hammerton Store and Newton Dee are my top food shopping choices in the city. Hammerton in the West End is everything that a corner shop should be and the sheer range of artisan and locally produced food and drink on offer is amazing. Newton Dee at Bieldside specialises in organic and wholesome products with their own bakery onsite.
“A taste of cafe culture can be found at Cup or Cocoa Ooze in the city centre which both offer an excellent choice for brunch, lunch or simply coffee and cake. Their Chocolate afternoon teas come highly recommended if you fancy indulging.
“Plenty for carnivores with the resurgence of traditional butchery from Andrew Gordon, Haigs, Davisons and Herds. Seafood lovers should head to one of the City’s newest restaurants, Rock and Oyster, for a special meal showcasing the fruit of the North Sea.
“The last Saturday of the month sees Aberdeen Country Fair take over Belmont Street with a variety of fish, meat, game, cheese and bakery. Well worth a wander with plenty of tasters on offer.”