Find this excellent fish restaurant, overlooking the city and old port from the furthest point of the North Quay. It was originally a customs house, so the full-height windows, on all sides, give you marvellous views over the sea. The dining room is accessed via by a spiral staircase, while the ground-floor open-plan kitchen can be witnessed on the way up. Didier Dejean's cooking offers the best of the local catch, treated sympathetically, so that even if some dishes are complex, true flavours are never hidden.
Expect the likes of 'Ballottine of Fresh and Smoked Salmon, wrapped in a Cabbage Leaf, with Beurre Blanc and Avruga Caviar'; 'Seared Scallops in a Pecan Crust with Fennel Mash and Crisp Pancetta' and 'Carpaccio of Cured Venison with Balsamic Ratatouille, Parmesan and a Veal Dressing' as starters.
Possibly 'Sea Bass with a Spinach Chartreuse and Sauce Vierge'; 'Steamed Turbot with Herb Garden & Spinach Risotto, Samphire, Smoked Salmon & Shimjii, with Smoked Salmon Froth' and 'Lemon Sole, steamed on a bed of Seaweed with the Juice of Mussels' among the mains. There are a few main dishes for carnivores - maybe 'Roast Rack of Lamb with Coucous'
Desserts - such as 'Tarte Tatin' and 'Chocolate Fondant with Crème Anglaise & Pistachio Ice Cream' are highly-rated, but obviously not the main event.
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: Mon-Fri, 12.00-13.45, Sun L 12.00-14.30; main courses from about £18 to £28; set L £18.50 (2 courses), £23.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, 18.45-21.30; main courses from about £18 to £28
- Seats: 50
- Wine: a mainly French wine list kicks off in the mid £20's
- Wheelchair access: No
- Nearest station: Aberdeen Rail
- Directions: situated at the Aberdeen Harbour entrance. See the map at the top of this page.
- Parking: on quayside