Quality dishes and top service at Japanese restaurant
Taste of neon Tokyo in the heart of the Granite City.
Darren Noble, 28, senior contracts administrator, Bridge of Dee Sam Martin, 29, cleaning supervisor, Rosemount Without a doubt it is at Eat on the Green at Udny. It should have a Michelin star and it is worth every penny. Kirsty Ironside, 35, cost controller, Kintore
ADDRESS: AFTER a bracing walk on Balmedie’s famous dunes I discovered its wee gem of a chipper. Fresh, crisp and straight out of the fryer two fresh haddock suppers with a huge portion of chips and onion rings were a real treat and great value for £13.30.
YOU would think somewhere called Yo! Sushi would be a terrible place to take your beloved who doesn’t care for fish or Japanese food. Even more so when you add into the mix the youngest member of the family who isn’t the most adventurous diner. But this is where the beauty of Yo! comes in, because there’s more to it than just raw fish and seaweed – a lot more. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that it comes wrapped in some of the funkiest marketing you’ll find. A Tokyo-style neon food bar in the middle of Aberdeen, complete with a conveyor belt of never-ending food, techno tunes and a help button that speaks to you in Japanese? Yeah, that’s cool. It’s buzzing and vibrant, with staff who have clearly been to the “never stop smiling, not even once” service school. Our party of three landed a comfy booth, although perching bar-style can be fun too. Now, there are two ways to get your food ... grab what you fancy as it nips past or order from the menu. The former is fun and our wee one certainly enjoyed watching the conveyer belt and asking if I wanted this one ... or this one ... In the end I had that one – a plate of four dainty cucumber maki, the veg ADDRESS: Union Square, Aberdeen OPENING TIMES: Monday to Saturday, noon to 11pm; Sunday, noon to 10pm FOOD: SERVICE: ATMOSPHERE: rolled in rice and nori (that’ll be the seaweed then). I won’t deny my selection was driven by frugality. The prices are colour-coded by dish and this was green, the cheapest available at £1.70 – the eight options go all the way up to £6. It was fresh and delicious and started a plate-grabbing frenzy that took in crispy salmon skin rolls that were divine, a roll of salmon, cucumber, rice and nori that was melt-inthe-mouth delicious, a mixed ngiri (morsels on rice blocks) of prawn, tuna and salmon, and a California roll of crab stick and avocado. All of it was just superb. But I stretched out of my sushi comfort zone and tried a spicy chicken, ginger and garlic salad to share with Mrs B. It was worth the trip to Yo! on its own. A beef tataki dish of thinly-sliced meat in a coriander sauce matched it. All this, plus a never-emptying bowl of miso soup and I was happy. But what of the girls? Mrs B
The steak at Prime Cuts on Crown Terrace was excellent. It was good quality meat and was cooked really well. I like to go to the Ashvale fish and chip shop. The standard of food is really good.
Old Aberdeen Road, Balmedie
SMILE: Waitress Matgorzata Warchot.