EAT­ING OUT

Sen­ti­men­tal trip turned into a tasty de­light

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - By Donna Ewen

Taste of the past with a firm

city favourite.

IT’S not of­ten I take my hus­band out for din­ner, but since we were cel­e­brat­ing our sec­ond wed­ding an­niver­sary I thought we de­served a treat. So off we set to one of my favourite restau­rants, La Lom­barda on the cor­ner of Aberdeen’s Castle­gate. I’ve had many a good night at the restau­rant over the years. Back in the 1980s, ev­ery Fri­day night me and the girls would head for Pepe’s bar in the base­ment of the restau­rant for a jug or two of san­gria. So you can imag­ine my de­light as our friendly waiter Richard ush­ered us to our cosy al­cove seat and in­formed me san­gria was still on the menu down­stairs in what is now Si­na­tra’s Bar, along with some live mu­sic. Our night had just planned it­self out. We or­dered a bot­tle of pinot gri­gio, £13.50, as we set­tled in, pe­rus­ing an ex­ten­sive menu which fea­tured a wide va­ri­ety of pasta, meat dishes and more than 15 piz­zas. Oh de­ci­sions, de­ci­sions. What’s a girl to have? Af­ter much in­de­ci­sion, I fi­nally opted for the pate della casa for starter and, true to form, spaghetti car­bonara for main. My hubby chose br­uschetta for starter and the coda di rospo pep­pers (monk­fish with fresh mixed pep­pers in a gin­ger and cream sauce served on a bed of rice), for his main. Even though the restau­rant was bustling and full of happy din­ers, our starters ar­rived in no time. The staff were ex­tremely efficient and I es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated the waiter of­fer­ing me toast in­stead of oat­cakes with my pate. Oat­cakes just don’t do it for me, so I was well chuffed when the gen­er­ous por­tion was placed be­fore me – toast and all. The meaty pate was served with a fresh, crispy salad, which re­ally went down a treat. Across the ta­ble, my other half made short shrift of the three por­tions of br­uschetta, declar­ing it the best he’d had. He was pleased it wasn’t too over­loaded with gar­lic and he thought the bal­samic on his rocket salad a nice touch too. On to the main course, and I con­fess I was a lit­tle en­vi­ous when I saw the plate put be­fore David. I’ve only re­cently ven­tured into eat­ing monk­fish, but the aroma

ris­ing from his plate was divine. He’s a bit of a gan­net at the best of times, but even he had to con­cede de­feat and was un­able to fin­ish his meal. He did man­age to pol­ish off all the monk­fish and was pleased it was a gen­er­ous por­tion and not just a cou­ple of mouth­fuls. Af­ter sweet­en­ing up the waiter for an ex­tra heaped spoon of parme­san, I tucked into my al dente car­bonara, which had the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of cream and smoky ba­con. But just like David, I too was un­able to fin­ish my main meal. With no room for dessert, we both had an Ir­ish cof­fee be­fore head­ing down­stairs for some live mu­sic. We were both im­pressed with the fe­male singer, who seemed to know ev­ery song from the 1970s era, de­spite be­ing so young her­self. And the san­gria? It was still as good as I had re­mem­bered.

STARTER Br­uschetta al Po­modora,

£4.50 Pate Della Casa, £5.90

MAIN Spaghetti Car­bonara,

£9.60 Coda di Rospo Pep­pers,

£17.80

TO­TAL

With drinks £60.30

LA LOM­BARDA AD­DRESS: 2 King Street, Aberdeen. OPEN­ING TIMES:

Open 11am – 9.30pm Mon­day to Thurs­day; Fri­day and Satur­day 11am – 10.30pm; Sun­day 5pm – 9.30pm.

FOOD:

Top-class and var­ied Ital­ian menu at affordable prices. Friendly and help­ful.

Re­laxed am­bi­ence with a New York club feel down­stairs when the mu­sic starts.

SER­VICE: AT­MOS­PHERE:

ALL SMILES: Waitress Kirsten Meyer.

GRUB’S UP: Din­ers Marty Bain and Jessica Cum­ming.

INVIT­ING: The Belvedere Ho­tel, Stone­haven.

Evan Street, Stone­haven

FRIENDLY FACES: Staff, from left, Niko­lett Tompa, Erin Wil­son, Kirsten Meyer, Ge­orge Wy­att and Theresa Wy­att.

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