Great Indian food and service off the beaten track

A tiny village on a quiet country road outside Inverurie is not the obvious place to look for a good Indian restaurant. But for those who do take the trouble to search it out, you will find a hidden gem.

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Jamie's Italian – a chain that impresses

I’ll let you into a secret. I dread the day that Scotland becomes like the USA with restaurant chains offering the same experience in every place you visit. Read More...
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Two celebrity restaurants on the way

Suddenly Aberdeen seems to be the place to be for celebrity restaurants. Read More...
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How safe is your eatery?

OK, you like the look of the place. The menu posted at the door looks good. But will the food be good? More importantly, is the food hygiene up to standard.

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An Aberdeen favourite, Yatai returns

Yatai restaurant is back! That’s the news broken by stv.news today and there will be rejoicing from many of the Japanese restaurants fans. Read More...
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It's good to back from the USA

I’m not sure if my palate is just getting jaded when it comes to food in the USA, or whether it is really becoming more and more uniform – just like the restaurants. Read More...
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Aberdeen, a year-round destination

As a global centre for the oil and gas industry, Aberdeen is often seen more as a business than a leisure destination. But, the truth is that the Granite City is great for both. Read More...
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One of Aberdeen's favourites gone?

News that a new Indian restaurant, on the site of La Bamba, is to be given permission to have male strippers to entertain hen parties, brings to our attention that one of Aberdeen’s enduring favourites has disappeared. Read More...
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Outdoor café culture for Aberdeen?

One of the joys of visiting European cities is the ability to sit out and enjoy watching life go by as you sup a coffee, or a beer at a street café. Even in winter it can be an enjoyable break.

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Anyone do hot stone cooking?

‘Ste’ has been in touch hoping someone can guide him to find his favourite type of restaurant in Aberdeen. Read More...
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First time for Fusion

How long have I lived in Aberdeen? How long has Fusion been open? Why did it take someone from near London to introduce me? Read More...
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Silver Darling remains a spectacular dining spot

Very enjoyable lunch today in the Silver Darling. This remains one of the most interesting places in Aberdeen to eat as you can watch the ships coming and going past, thanks to the full height glass all round the restaurant.

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La Bamba goes into liquidation

Sad to read in today’s Press and Journal that La Bamba, the Aberdeen Mexican restaurant, has gone into liquidation.

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Are you a talented home cook with an amazing historic family recipe?

If so, ITV’s favourite Celebrity Chef Gino D’Acampo wants to hear from YOU!

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Yatai Japanese restaurant closes

The Japanese restaurant Yatai closed its doors on Christmas Eve. Read More...
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Popular West End restaurant closes

Popular Aberdeen West End restaurant, the Olive Tree and its associated bistro, The Black Olive, have both closed. Read More...
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TV opportunity for Aberdeen food groups

Her’s a great opportunity for any community groups that organise events in Aberdeen that revolve around food.

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Own-goal over evening parking?

There is growing storm over Aberdeen City Council’s latest revenue-raising idea – levying an overnight parking charge on anyone who parks beyond 8pm in one of their car parks.

But, it is the fact that this overnight charge has to be paid on top of any time paid to cover the period before 8pm that has caused confusion, a flurry of parking tickets and unsurprising fury.

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Remember Pappy Yokums?

The other day as I was enjoying a particularly good burger, I had a flashback to Pappy Yokums the American diner that used to be in Rose Street.

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Mini Ninjas Wanted as YO! Sushi Teach Kids To Make Sushi

YO! Sushi has turned its expertise to teaching the art of sushi making to young children. Sushi- loving parents can now take their brood along to a participating restaurant on selected dates throughout August.

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Good pizzas at Ask

Dropped in to Ask – the Italian restaurant in Union Square, Aberdeen – having been told they make the best pizzas.

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Meldrum House impresses

I was at a dinner in the Meldrum House Hotel last night and, having not been there for two years, I left very impressed.

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Gordon Ramsay search for best restaurants

Gordon Ramsay is looking for Britain’s best restaurant and he wants to know where you love to eat. It would be good to have restaurants in the Aberdeen area featured, so have a think.

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Super-size us

I am not a fan of the current trend towards oversized portions in our restaurants. As one generation removed from those who lived through the war, I’ve was brought up with the adage “waste not want not” ringing in my ears. So, it grieves me to see vast quantities of food going to waste. Or could that be waist?

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Chilli? Try a drop of coffee and chocolate!

There was a time when chilli con carne would have been looked at askance here in the North East of Scotland. “Fit’s ‘at mince deein’ wi ‘at beans in it?” You can just about hear it! Read More...
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The quest for a good burger

What is it about British burgers? Too often they are highly compressed to the point where they are more like re-constituted meat (turkey twizzler anyone?) than actual minced beef formed into a patty. Read More...
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Time for free broadband?

In this digital age it amazes me how few restaurants and hotels realise that offering free wireless broadband to their customers would be a real incentive for us to choose their premises in preference to the cafe/restaurant/hotel next door.

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Yatai restaurant moves

Yatai Japanese restaurant has moved from its small premises in Skene Street Aberdeen to become the flagship restaurant of the Bauhaus Hotel in Justice Mill Lane, just off Aberdeen’s Union Street. Read More...
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Quantity and quality are not the same

Sadly there seems to be a considerable number of restaurants in the UK that seem to think the way to a diner’s heart is to pile the plat high with mountains of food.
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But we have our pizza horrors here

But before I get accused of being too sanctimonious about our healthier pizzas here, there was one horror story that is worse than any American pizza... and it was here in Scotland. Read More...
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Back to our home food

We love the States. But, in food terms, it is something of a relief to be home to our usual diet. Read More...
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Two nations divided by restaurant etiquette

I am currently in the USA and having to remember my US etiquette. There are a number of things that are different on this side of the atlantic that can surprise a British diner. Read More...
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Who would be a restaurateur?

Who would be a restaurateur? Everyone has very definite views on what they like and don’t like and pleasing all has to be nigh impossible. Then you have the night of horrors where everything goes wrong. Read More...
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One handed eating signals social change

The news from Debenhams that 32% of customers are buying fewer knives than forks might seem a less than interesting statistic. But, behind it lies significant social change. Read More...
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F Word Best Local Restaurant still open

The date for nominations in The F Word’s Best Local Restaurant search has been extended to Sunday, July 26. Read More...
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Lahore fizzes with flavour

It was an Indian acquaintance who recommended that we try Lahore in King Street, Aberdeen. It was, she said, the best in Aberdeen. Read More...
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Nominate your favourite restaurant for national award

Gordon Ramsay’s food magazine show The F Word is coming back and they're on the hunt for The F Word’s Best Local Restaurant. Read More...
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Kintore publishes a cookbook

The Royal Burgh of Kintore, a fast-growing town just 12 miles from Aberdeenshire, has produced a fundraising cookbook. Read More...
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Need an authentic shake?

If you are a fan of milk shakes but feel short-changed with what you get offered, then this may be the answer. Read More...
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Great pizzas up north

A friend of mine swears this is THE place to go for pizza. It’s not in Aberdeen, but if you are travelling up north of Inverness to the Black Isle he says you should point your car at Cromarty. Read More...
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Where can I get Krusovice?

After the visit to Paco’s in Perth, I am not on a mission to find where I can buy Krusovice beer in the UK. Read More...
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Paco's a fun place to eat in Perth

If you happen to be looking for a good place to eat in Perth and fancy an American-style diner, then head into Paco’s in the centre of town. Read More...
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Brewdog sales up 450%

Great to see it reported today in The Scotsman that Brewdog – the Fraserburgh-based micro-brewery has seen a 450% increase in sales. Read More...
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