Light Of Bengal Familiar fish dishes and good value at restaurant
Great catch when it
comes to fine dining in the city
I had a tasty chicken balti at The Spice Mill at Grandholm. The food is always good value for the quality. Linda Ross, 53, bank liaison nurse, Bridge of Don Sandy Flett, 53, full-time dad, Blackburn I had fish that was amazing at Ciao Napoli on Bon Accord Crescent. It was cooked in the proper Italian style. Adrian Caruana, 27, design engineer, King Street
ADDRESS: MY BENGAL exotica lamb had wonderfully tender morsels of meat drenched in a rich, tangy sauce with a deep kick of spice. My pal’s Kashmiri korma chicken was creamy and lipsmacking. With a naan and some rice the whole thing came to £25.10.
SINCE visits to America as a child, I’ve been a fan of restaurants that fully immerse themselves in a theme – from the decor to the menu. So I was delighted to step aboard The Mariner’s Atlantis restaurant. The quirky dining room is covered in ships’ wheels, pictures of life at sea and sailing artefacts. And, of course, to fit with the theme the restaurant offers all ADDRESS: The Mariner Hotel, 349 Great Western Road, Aberdeen OPENING TIMES: Dinner from Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 9.30pm and Sunday, 6pm to 9pm FOOD:
ATMOSPHERE: also simply presented with a slice of lemon alongside the palmsized tart and pared-down salad. The tart was not shy on chunks of the salmon, and the smokey fish taste dominated the dish. Despite that, I found the dish a little bland and uninventive. Luckily my main course, the baked turbot with pesto set on creamed cabbage, rectified all that. The thick fillet of fish in the centre of the plate was surrounded by a light creamy tomato and garlic sauce. The rough pesto had been baked on top of the turbot and gave the dish a nice crunch. The creamed cabbage was more like cabbage salsa with chunky bits of the vegetable alongside the roughly chopped onion. The dish came together wonderfully. Katy chose assorted cold meats with seasonal salad for her main. The large plate offered thick slices of ham, chicken and beef alongside a large portion of salad including cheese, tomato, onions, beetroot and boiled egg. The portions of meat were ample
manner of popular fish dishes along with inventive options such as scallop and venison brochette – plus a great variety for meat fiends. As my better half and I browsed the menus, the lure of the a la carte options, with everything from lobster to Chateaubriand, was incredibly tempting. However, we decided to go for the excellent value of the fixed price menu with two courses and coffee for £16.50 or three courses with coffee for £20. To start, Katy went for the pate maison with oatcakes while I chose the smoked salmon tartlet. The pate connoisseur found the dish fresh and creamy with the meat having a rich, gamey, taste. Simply presented, the plate was broken into a decent size blob of pate with oatcakes beside a basic side salad. My smoked salmon tartlet was
Crab claws at the Dim Sum Inn on George Street in Aberdeen. It’s a little place but it’s always full.
Rose Street, Aberdeen
POPULAR: David Caron with a seafood platter.