Focus on great food at burger joint.
Snappy Tomato No-frills charm makes food the main attraction
Rachel Richardson, 19, shop assistant, Torry Alex Matteo, 24, tourism officer, Hatton Matthew Smith, 22, law student, Newmachar
ADDRESS: IT WAS truly snappy delivery for our delicious 10in pizzas ordered online. The Chicken Feast was topped with Mexican and cajun spiced chicken (£8.95) while the South of the Border had pepperoni, chilli beef, green peppers, Mexican spiced chicken and Jalapeno peppers (£9.55).
THE best burger I’ve ever had was a halfpounder, served in a Boston bar, which didn’t come with a welter of sauces or garnish. Patted into shape before my eyes, it was served up with nothing fancier than a slice of gherkin in the bun. The bar was famed for its burgers: a puck of
ADDRESS: OPENING TIMES: Sunday to Thursday, 11.30am to 10.30pm Friday, 11.30am to 11pm Saturday, 11am to 11pm FOOD: SERVICE: ATMOSPHERE: lean steak mince, dense enough to fit into your palm. The handmade burger Co, which has a home in Aberdeen’s Union Square, takes the same approach. Its burgers are also made from scratch. The meat is prime Scottish beef. The cows, according to the table-top literature, are grassfed – 167lbs of the green stuff a day. Much the same approach is taken with the other food on offer, evidenced by the 25kg bags of Maris Piper tatties sitting at the entrance. I guess some people might prefer that to a freshly-slaughtered cow. Handmade, then, relies on the quality of its ingredients. There’s a sprinkling of funkiness about the company too. The literature looks hand-written and carries an invitation to text your feedback directly to the owner. The informality extends to the way you order, which you do at a counter. That means you don’t have to wait for service. On the downside, it can mean queuing as you’d do in a take-away. I ordered the Classic, the most basic burger presentation. It came with mayo, relish and salad. I wished I’d asked them to leave sauce off, not because they made the bun a little soggy, but because they weren’t needed – these are burgers to be enjoyed for their wholesome taste. My wife described them as “meaty” – and her surprise said plenty about what’s now accepted as a burger across the country. Handmade’s are nothing like the rubberised discus of meat people routinely settle for. It doesn’t cheat children of quality food, either, offering junior-sized burgers. For all its championing of pure beef, handmade isn’t ready to send its burgers into the world wearing nothing more than gherkin. There are around 20 different burger meals – hot chilli, avocado and bacon, and so on. Chicken is done in similar ways, and there are also fish cakes. My wife picked the Milano
I went to Chiquitos in Union Square on Saturday. I have been a few times and had the quesadillas. I had calamari and pasta alfredo with white wine in Rusticos. It is the best Italian in Aberdeen. The barbecue ribs in Frankie & Bennys are really good. The food keeps me coming back.
Kingswells Village Centre, Kingswells
First Level Mall, Union Square, Aberdeen