Great taste of Italy in the heart of the Granite City.
Silver Bird Zizzi’s is tops for swift service and fine fare on busy night
Raelene Vandenbos, 34, technical assistant, Bieldside Issie Emerson, 51, painter and decorator, Mastrick Gordon Harkness, 37, workshop manager, Kemnay
ADDRESS: A VISIT to my pal’s is always a treat ... just like this takeaway. A starter of sesame prawn on toast (£3)was crispy. Mains of tangy sweet and sour prawn balls (£6.40) and chilli chicken Hong Kong-style (£4.90) were moreish. With rice and noodles the meal came to around £18.
WE WERE two women on a mission. Late night shopping and looking to buy a dress for a wedding the very next day. I had just an hour-and-a-half to get to a particular shop across town before it closed – but we were starving. Could we fit dinner in first, in record time? I wasn’t sure. Enter Zizzi’s – an incredibly popular Italian-style eatery in Union Square. The place was heaving, full of shoppers and families – and my hopes of a quick bite faded fast. I was already mentally rifling through my wardrobe as our menus arrived, working out an outfit plan B for the next day’s festivities. But I soon brightened up when I saw there was calamari on the menu. It’s my favourite dish and if I see it on any menu, anywhere, I have to order it. My shopping buddy selected the crostini formaggio di capra – which translates as a light crisp ciabatta topped with goat’s cheese and baked with balsamic onions. No word of a lie – we probably waited no more than ADDRESS: First Floor, Union Square, Aberdeen OPENING TIMES: Sunday to Thursday, noon to 11pm; Friday and Saturday noon to 11.30pm. FOOD:
ATMOSPHERE: five minutes for those starters – no more than the time it took for them to furnish us each with a glass of wine. My calamari was spot on, lightly fried in a delicate batter and served with a dip and a wedge of lemon. It was a good-sized portion too, and I soon polished it off. My friend took a little longer with her cheese crostini – the goat’s cheese melting across the baked bread and the onions sweetening everything up nicely. No sooner had we finished eating than our empty plates were dispensed with and two steaming hot main courses set before us. It was starting to look like we might make our destination in time after all. My risotto di pesce was creamy and citrussy with a fair chilli kick. It was a very wet risotto and was packed full of seafood.
At Malmaison I had a lovely fillet steak. It was well cooked and really tasty. I had a delicious stew at the Garlogie Inn. It came with vegetables and I would highly recommend it. I had a battered fish in the Laird’s Throat in Kemnay. I could tell the fish was freshly caught.
TASTY: Sylvia Jewiak shows off a Zizzi’ s dish.