Mouthwatering Scottish cuisine in Aberdeen
There are many mouthwatering restaurants in Aberdeen offering Scottish cuisine using the best local ingredients fused with international flavors, plated in a contemporary style.
Aberdeen is full of cafés, restaurants and gastropubs specialising in Scottish cuisine. Many of which, experiment and choose to offer a fusion of local produce and international flavours. Scotland has a long list of traditional mouth-watering dishes, sometimes with rather peculiar names, such as:
– Cullen skink (smoked haddock soup)
– Cock-a-leekie soup (chicken and leek soup)
– Cranachan (oatmeal, cream and Drambuie liqueur)
This is just a taste of the vast array of dishes on offer and are the ones most commonly seen on menus. Perhaps the dish that most entices curiosity is haggis, neeps and tatties, a must for anyone visiting Scotland. If your taste buds are tantalized then keep reading. The standard of meat, wild game and seafood produced is world-class and Aberdeen is surrounded with farms and coastal fishing villages so sourcing produce is simple. Seafood, for example, can be delivered to local kitchens within hours of being caught. Aberdeen Angus beef is sold to countries all over the world, testament to its quality and delicious taste. Often dishes are simply presented as the produce is so fresh there is no need to add more. If you want to try Scottish specialties with a modern twist while staying at Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen Hotel, these are our top tips:
Howies serves the freshest of local, seasonal produce that can be traced back to its roots by the produce map on the wall. They pride themselves in choosing their suppliers carefully, sourcing cheese at a local dairy, and lobster and crab from the local fisherman, Captain Jack. Many of the ingredients used in the restaurant are foraged in local woodlands seasonally, including wild garlic, elderflowers and chanterelles. Find all of these mouth-watering ingredients in two or three course set menus or simply select the dish that temps you most from the à la carte menu. All dishes are best accompanied by wine, or even gin, from their extensive list.
© Howies Restaurant
The Illicit Still
Gastropubs specialize in serving delicious food in addition to their usual drinks venue and their popularity in the UK has rocketed in recent years. For the ultimate gastropub experience in Aberdeen, visit the Illicit Still. This traditional, yet modern gastro pub offers a cosy atmosphere in the heart of the city. The menu certainly has some old favorites such as a their very own beer battered haddock & chips, as well as baked tatties with a variety of toppings such as haggis & whisky sauce or tuna & sweetcorn. The menu also sports a wide choice of international dishes too. If you want to experience a classic, Scottish pub, this is it!
“Our menu pushes the boundaries of conventional cooking”
Musa is a unique venue that combines food, art and music in Aberdeen’s trendy Merchant Quarter. When it comes to the menu, Musa’s artisan approach cleverly fuses world-inspired flavors with Scottish cuisine, with a focus on sourcing ingredients from small Scottish suppliers. The result is dishes such as haggis spring rolls and pan-fried sea trout with warm crayfish and caper butter served on a wild garlic mash. The Gastro Gallery changes its exhibition regularly so there is always something new to look at while you are dining. If you want to end your evening with some live music then the venue also offers an extensive list of gigs.
Also located in the city’s Merchant Quarter, Moonfish Cafe has a sleek interior to match its contemporary cuisine. The simplicity of their seafood dishes make them the star of the menu and can include lobster, mackerel, sea trout, haddock and halibut. There are still plenty of options for meat lovers too, when indulging in a 2-, 3- or 4-course meal. Try the venison, halibut or salmon dishes. This restaurant also has an extensive gin and wine list to accompany your meal.
© Howies Restaurant
RBG Bar and Grill Restaurant
To get a taste of Scottish ingredients you don’t even need to leave the hotel. At the in-house RBG Bar & Grill Restaurant, sample a blend of Scottish Fare with traditional grill dishes. The burgers are made from select cuts prepared by a local butcher and the steaks are Scottish beef dry aged for 21 days. The menu also offers grilled salmon and chicken as well as a range of international flavors and dishes.
Compliment any meal with a locally crafted beer, such as BrewDog, and finish off with a Scotch Malt Whisky of your choice. The city is full of tasty dining options but if it is traditional Scottish cuisine you are looking for, try one of our recommendations.