JUMBO’S TAKEAWAY Table setback soon overcome by feast of fancy food
Jamie Matheson, 21, estate agent, Mastrick Portlethen Golf Club for fish and chips is good – my dad used to be a trawlerman so we know crispy batter. Craig Buchan, 38, unemployed, Springhill Gordon Bruce, 31, web designer, Sheddocksley
ADDRESS: MY vegetable curry was one of the best I have had in years, packed with punch and flavour. Chunks of pineapple offered a sweet counterbalance to tangy spices. My girlfriend gave her chicken curry a thumbs up. It came to only £9.90 with boiled and fried rice. Excellent.
IRECENTLY discovered the worst thing about going out for a romantic Valentine’s meal. It’s NOT going out for a Valentine’s meal because you’ve booked the table for the wrong night. I’m not sure what was more uncomfortable – my wife’s crestfallen face as I revealed the bad news seconds before we were due to leave the house, or my rumbling tummy, which had been fasting in preparation for the big meal. Several profuse apologies (and a visit to casualty) later and I had rebooked Fusion – this time making doubly sure that I used my brain. After being served a wonderfully tart sorbet as a palate cleanser and then a little glass of goats cheese custard with a side serving of olive oil popcorn, my starter arrived. Housed under a smoke-filled glass, my perfectly pink pigeon breasts were literally smoking at the table. Served with vegetables cooked à la Grecque – that’s ADDRESS: 10 North Silver Street, Aberdeen OPENING TIMES: 5:30pm to 10:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday FOOD:
ATMOSPHERE: Greek-style for all us non-French speakers – it was a great way to savour the gamey meat without the need for it to be smothered in a sauce. My wife had what the menu called ‘Scotch broth’. The inverted commas are Fusion’s and for good reason. The broth in question – a deep, rich beef stock – was served in a teapot and the waitress poured it over veal shin wrapped in cabbage and chunks of swede, carrot and barley. Put it this way, it was nothing like my mum’s – but beautiful nonetheless. Since I was feeling so piggy, it was only fitting that I went for a trio of porky goodness as my main course. There was nothing complicated or gimmicky about it, just pork belly, loin and hock, served with a fruity glaze and parsley polenta. Everything was cooked as it should be, crispy belly, moist, sweet loin and intenselyflavoured hock, while the fluffy polenta was an interesting
The Charlotte Bar on Burns Night. They did a great haggis supper and we really enjoyed it. La Lombarda. My girlfriend was with me and I had some delicious pasta. The plates of food were lovely.
Stocket Parade, Mastrick, Aberdeen.