Whilst you travel around Aberdeen city enjoying all the food on offer you can also travel around the world as there are a huge range of international cuisines on offer. ARW is the ideal opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and sample new ingredients, flavours and dishes. - Claire Jessiman www.foodiequine.co.uk
Mexican - Topolabamba
I visited Topolabamba for dinner last year with my family during ARW and there was so much food that we had to get a doggy bag to take home! They have great ARW menus for both lunch and dinner which will allow you to enjoy a real taste of both meaty and veggies dishes including tostadas, ribs, tacos and burritos. Just keep an eye on the spice levels as indicated on the menus and cool off with their Horchata ice cream
Whether you want antipasti, pizza, pasta or dolci you’ll be spoilt for choice with three Italian restaurants. Both Da Vinci and Pizza Express have a good selection of vegan dishes and Pizza Express also cater well for gluten free diners. The gnocchi at Da Vinci sound particularly tempting and to finish you can indulge in traditional Italian desserts including gelato, tiramisu and affogato.
Spanish – Café Andaluz
Tapas or small plates are an ideal way to experience an unfamiliar cuisine and are particularly good for a meal with a larger group. The £10 lunchtime offer gives you 2 tapas plus a basket or bread and olives whilst for the £20 evening deal you get 3 tapas, bead & olives plus a dessert. Dishes include meat, fish and shellfish and vegetables and there are also a good range of gluten free options available.
French – Café Boheme
Just stepping through the door at Café Boheme makes you feel like you are in a Parisian bistro. It’s a venue that has proved hugely popular in previous ARW’s so I’d advise booking ASAP. In addition to their 3 course dinner for £20 option, this time round they are also offering a Sunday dining event with chilled out Jazz. The menu combines French cuisine with local produce and had my mouth watering reading through it. Classics such as French onion soup, mussels, coq au vin, bouillabaisse, confit duck and crème brulee. C'est magnifique!
These sister restaurants offer Thai food at opposite ends of the spectrum with a street food style at Thaikhun (pronounced tycoon) and fine dining at Chaophraya (chow-pry-a). Whichever option you choose you’ll find the food packed full of authentic Thai flavour. Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry are popular mains whilst the local delicacy of sticky toffee pudding has been given a Thai twist with a hint of lemon and ginger.
Malaysian - Selera Malaysia Bistro
This is a real hidden gem, located in Correction Wynd and one of only two Malaysian restaurants in Scotland. Selera are offering free drinks of pandan syrup with both their £10 and £20 menus and almost half of their dishes are vegan. Staff are more than happy to talk you through the menu and explain the dishes. This is my top tip for somewhere a bit different this ARW and I can highly recommend both the roti canai with dahl and the nasi lemak with beef rendang. Simple, honest and authentic food.
If you’d like to keep things Scottish, haggis proves to be a popular option featuring in various shapes and forms on the menus at The Copthorne, Station Hotel, Angus & Ale,Ferryhill House Hotel, Howies,Kirk View Cafe,Native,The City Bar & Diner , The Lounge,The Spiritualist.
Cullen Skink, Shetland Oysters and Grilled Herring with Oatmeal and Clapshot can be found at Atlantis Restaurant
A traditional Scottish High Tea can be enjoyed at Di Maggios with a main course, home-made scone with cream and jam and a pot of tea or a cup of coffee for £10