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Szechuan Chinese Spoiled for choice by vast haul of seafood

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - EATING OUT - Is­abel Hunter By Jamie Don­ald

Lisa McDowall, 27, staff nurse, Huntly Elaine South­well, 28, mer­chan­diser, Al­tens Andrew Brown, 24, off­shore worker, Lossiemouth

AD­DRESS: THE fried sea­weed was per­fect while the spring rolls were packed with beansprouts and pork. The duck with lemon sauce was the right side of tangy, if a bit fatty. Our chicken in black bean sauce was chunky, suc­cu­lent and de­li­cious. All this, plus rice, left us stuffed and sat­is­fied for just £18.70

HAVE you ever looked at a menu and ac­tu­ally wanted ev­ery­thing on it? Leav­ing out the non-fishy op­tions at de­light­ful seafood restau­rant Bistro Verde, I could have hap­pily de­voured any of the dishes on of­fer. From cod and had­dock to tuna and hal­ibut, the menu at this cosy-but-classy joint is al­most as AD­DRESS: The Green, Aberdeen OPEN­ING TIMES: Lunch noon to 2pm Tues­day to Satur­day. Din­ner 6pm to 10pm Tues­day to Satur­day. FOOD:


AT­MOS­PHERE: and chilli salsa. I’d had salmon and trout ver­sions of this dish, but the Mediter­ranean fish pro­vided bold new flavours which weren’t over­pow­ered by the smoky aroma. The mango salsa was a fresh and tasty twist, al­though if there was any chilli in it, it cer­tainly wasn’t mak­ing it­self known. Our chatty and friendly waitress must have spot­ted my com­plete lack of abil­ity to de­cide on a main course, be­cause she was quick to rec­om­mend the Thai seafood curry. Hav­ing fallen in love with Thai cook­ing while in the Far East (check me out), Bistro Verde’s ef­fort had its work cut out to im­press – and it cer­tainly put in a ster­ling ef­fort. The huge amount of seafood which was crammed on to the bowl re­ally de­fied be­lief, with a heap of mus­sels shar­ing the billing with mas­sive prawns and huge hunks of white fish and salmon, all mopped up with some light, fluffy jas­mine rice. My only slight gripe was with the

di­verse as the ocean it­self. It’s lovely to have such a var­ied choice, which in­cluded a vast spe­cials board, but for some­one as in­de­ci­sive as me it meant an ex­tra 10 min­utes of hum­ming and haw­ing be­fore fi­nally mak­ing my choice. No such dither­ing from...

I went to Zizzi’s in Union Square and had spaghetti car­bonara. It was lovely. I would have it again. I had smoth­ered chicken at the Mains of Balquharn pub in Portlethen. It was lovely. I or­dered beef in black bean sauce from the New Sun­rise Chinese in...

SEA HERE: Server Jackie Milne.

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