EAT­ING OUT

Qual­ity dishes and top ser­vice at Ja­panese restau­rant

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

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.

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