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SAFFRON Menu helped me throw caution to the wind
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:
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.