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SAF­FRON Menu helped me throw cau­tion to the wind

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - EATING OUT - Scott Beg­bie By Gareth Alexan­der

Stephanie Long, 19, carer, In­verurie I went to the Buchan Braes Ho­tel in Peter­head and had the monk­fish. It was re­ally nice. I’d def­i­nitely go back. Grant Ure, 31, off­shore worker, Peter­head I had steak at the Tropeiro restau­rant in Aberdeen. It was lovely. It was a buf­fet and it was all nice. Kayleigh Mor­ri­son, 18, carer, Bridge of Don

AD­DRESS: IT’S hard to ar­gue with the value of a meal for two at £24.95 – and there’s no quib­ble over qual­ity. The bhaji and chicken chaat were spicy, tasty treats. Our lamb zeera chilli and chicken West Ben­gal masala dishes were near per­fect, as was the Bom­bay potato. With gar­lic naan, rice and drinks this was sub­lime.

HO­TEL restau­rants are an in­ter­est­ing breed – nei­ther here nor there, they feel the need to be ei­ther ev­ery­thing to ev­ery­one or play it in­cred­i­bly safe. But ev­ery now and then you find one with a cou­ple of in­ter­est­ing items on the menu that make you think again. And there were one or two things at the RBG Grill that looked pleas­ingly out of the or­di­nary, so I threw cau­tion to the wind and had to try them out. There wasn’t a lot of choice on the starters front, which led me to the odd choice of hav­ing a black­ened salmon salad to start. I don’t usu­ally make a habit of this. Green things are usu­ally just an un­nec­es­sary in­ter­fer­ence in try­ing to shove meat down my neck, but I was glad to be proved wrong here. The sub­tle spic­ing didn’t over­power the fish and with av­o­cado and olives run­ning through it, it turned into some­thing rather spe­cial. A sec­ond salad – this time parme­san – was equally as good. Still on the un­usual theme, I AD­DRESS: Park Inn by Radis­son, 1 Jus­tice Mill Lane, Aberdeen OPEN­ING TIMES: Lunch, noon to 3pm. Din­ner, 6pm to 10pm FOOD:

SER­VICE:

AT­MOS­PHERE: de­cided to give the duck con­fit a try. A gen­er­ous por­tion, the beau­ti­fully-rich bird was ac­com­pa­nied by a five-bean veg­etable ragout and gar­lic pota­toes. Suc­cu­lent, sweet and in­cred­i­bly bad for me, I couldn’t fault the duck. While the acid­ity of the tomato sauce cut through the fat­ti­ness of the leg won­der­fully, it could have done with more sea­son­ing and the whole thing got a bit heavy for my tastes. An­other main, a Por­to­bello mush­room burger, got good re­views from my girl­friend. The goat’s cheese served with it, rather than the mush­room was the star, but for a veg­gie choice it was ex­e­cuted with­out fault. Some large, fat, soft chips were ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful – sweet and in­dul­gent – proof they don’t all have to be crispy to be worth­while. Thank­fully, the dessert menu wasn’t as sparse as the ap­pe­tis­ers. A large creme brulee

I had the chicken melt at the Mains of Scot­stown Inn at Bridge of Don. It was re­ally good.

Hill­head, New­ton­hill.

FINE: Waitress Re­becca Thompson with a steak.

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