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

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - Lynn Ker­nan By Marie-claire Jones

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:

SER­VICE:

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.

Kin­tore

Mid­mill,

TASTY: Sylvia Jewiak shows off a Zizzi’ s dish.

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