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JUMBO’S TAKE­AWAY Ta­ble set­back soon over­come by feast of fancy food

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - EATING OUT - Sean Wal­lace By Ewan Cameron

Jamie Mathe­son, 21, es­tate agent, Mas­trick Portlethen Golf Club for fish and chips is good – my dad used to be a trawler­man so we know crispy bat­ter. Craig Buchan, 38, unem­ployed, Springhill Gor­don Bruce, 31, web de­signer, Shed­dock­sley

AD­DRESS: MY veg­etable curry was one of the best I have had in years, packed with punch and flavour. Chunks of pineap­ple of­fered a sweet coun­ter­bal­ance to tangy spices. My girl­friend gave her chicken curry a thumbs up. It came to only £9.90 with boiled and fried rice. Ex­cel­lent.

IRE­CENTLY dis­cov­ered the worst thing about go­ing out for a ro­man­tic Valen­tine’s meal. It’s NOT go­ing out for a Valen­tine’s meal be­cause you’ve booked the ta­ble for the wrong night. I’m not sure what was more un­com­fort­able – my wife’s crest­fallen face as I re­vealed the bad news sec­onds be­fore we were due to leave the house, or my rum­bling tummy, which had been fast­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the big meal. Sev­eral pro­fuse apolo­gies (and a visit to ca­su­alty) later and I had re­booked Fu­sion – this time mak­ing dou­bly sure that I used my brain. Af­ter be­ing served a won­der­fully tart sor­bet as a palate cleanser and then a lit­tle glass of goats cheese cus­tard with a side serv­ing of olive oil pop­corn, my starter ar­rived. Housed un­der a smoke-filled glass, my per­fectly pink pi­geon breasts were lit­er­ally smok­ing at the ta­ble. Served with veg­eta­bles cooked à la Grecque – that’s AD­DRESS: 10 North Sil­ver Street, Aberdeen OPEN­ING TIMES: 5:30pm to 10:00pm, Tues­day to Satur­day FOOD:

SER­VICE:

AT­MOS­PHERE: Greek-style for all us non-French speak­ers – it was a great way to savour the gamey meat with­out the need for it to be smoth­ered in a sauce. My wife had what the menu called ‘Scotch broth’. The in­verted com­mas are Fu­sion’s and for good rea­son. The broth in ques­tion – a deep, rich beef stock – was served in a teapot and the waitress poured it over veal shin wrapped in cab­bage and chunks of swede, car­rot and bar­ley. Put it this way, it was noth­ing like my mum’s – but beau­ti­ful nonethe­less. Since I was feel­ing so piggy, it was only fit­ting that I went for a trio of porky good­ness as my main course. There was noth­ing com­pli­cated or gim­micky about it, just pork belly, loin and hock, served with a fruity glaze and pars­ley po­lenta. Ev­ery­thing was cooked as it should be, crispy belly, moist, sweet loin and in­tense­lyflavoured hock, while the fluffy po­lenta was an in­ter­est­ing

The Char­lotte Bar on Burns Night. They did a great hag­gis sup­per and we re­ally en­joyed it. La Lom­barda. My girl­friend was with me and I had some de­li­cious pasta. The plates of food were lovely.Stocket Pa­rade, Mas­trick, Aberdeen.

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