EAT­ING OUT

Light Of Ben­gal Fa­mil­iar fish dishes and good value at restau­rant

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - By Lau­rna Robert­son

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:

SER­VICE:

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.

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