Steak your claim to a taste of Brazil in the Gran­ite City.

Oryza Sushi The­atri­cal flair at Tropeiro was as good as the food

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

I had na­chos and lasagne at Prezzo in Union Square. The food was re­ally good and I will be go­ing again. Cameron Innes, 21, med­i­cal stu­dent, Rose­mount Stephan Vin­cent, 42, en­ter­tainer, Bridge of Don We go to The Broad­straik Inn at Skene quite reg­u­larly and I had a steak wrap last time. It is ex­cel­lent. Deb­bie Sin­clair, 40, pupil sup­port as­sis­tant, Mas­trick

AD­DRESS: SALMON maki, Cal­i­for­nia roll with fish roe, edamame beans, herb rice ball in sea­weed and lemon drop roll all looked spec­tac­u­lar. With wasabi and soy sauce they tasted light. The mochi cake, £2.60, was like a rose-flavoured, marsh­mal­low. For £19.84 this was a treat.

THERE is ca­sual din­ing, there is for­mal din­ing and then there is event din­ing. You know the type of thing ... a restau­rant where you are drawn as much for the nov­elty and the­atri­cal flair as for the food. Fall­ing firmly into that cat­e­gory is Tropeiro. I mean, come on, just how well-known is Brazil­ian cui­sine? But the idea of an all-you-can eat feast where blokes dressed as gau­chos carve meat from a skewer at your ta­ble? That’s cool. AD­DRESS: 1 Golden Square, Aberdeen. OPEN­ING TIMES:

FOOD: SER­VICE: AT­MOS­PHERE: But it was all de­li­cious. So much so that we had to show re­straint not to stuff our­selves. Be­sides, as the gau­chos ar­rived with the food, we knew we were in for a treat. Some myths have grown up around this place – in­clud­ing a sug­ges­tion wait­ers of­fer cheaper stuff first, like spicy chicken wings and gar­licky sausages, to fill you up be­fore the prime cuts ar­rive. Non­sense. It comes as it comes and our first of­fer­ing was a fan­tas­tic cut of pork roasted with lime, pep­per, chilli and gar­lic – I know be­cause the friendly gau­cho told me. It was sub­lime and more-ish – al­though the next of­fer­ing was the afore­men­tioned chicken wings, which were su­perb, then meaty, chunky bar­be­cued ribs. Our cards stayed green and the food kept com­ing – in­clud­ing a flavour­some beef skirt, not the best cut of meat but trans­formed by virtue of long, slow roast­ing into some­thing quite spe­cial. It al­most vied with the top rump for qual­ity – al­though the rump

What’s that – you are given a card to turn to the green side for “keep it com­ing” and to the red for “stop, I’m stuffed”? Ex­cel­lent. But in all that show­biz, can the food stand up to the hype? You know what ... it more than did on the night Mrs B and I went along with a cou­ple of pals. There was a wee bar­rier to get over first of all. Din­ner here checks in at a pricey £22.50 a skull. But, in fair­ness, they en­cour­age you to linger and graze, mak­ing a proper meal of your night out. The open­ing gam­bit is a huge salad bar with ex­otic of­fer­ings, like a chick pea and olive dish which proved yum, or cous cous, spicy tat­ties, noodly things, a chilli paste that was full-on, and much more – in­clud­ing what looked like hot goulash and a fish stew. I’d like to be more pre­cise but there was noth­ing to tell you what you were tuck­ing into. Signs might be an idea.

Mon­day to Fri­day, 5pm to 10pm; Satur­day, noon to 10.30pm; Sun­day, 1pm to 10pm.

I had a date at Simp­son’s on Queen’s Road and had salmon and pota­toes. The at­mos­phere was very good.

75 Huntly Street, Aberdeen.

WHAT A PLATE­FUL: Waitress Si­mone Roldau.

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