This basement restaurant delivers a brave new world of cooking of the type that bemuses food guides of the Red Book variety. The kitchen cleverly mixes top-quality, mainly Scottish, ingredients with styles of cooking extracted from around the world. A popular ground floor bar keeps longer hours.
Their 'Staples Menu' offers basics such as burgers and haggis (including a vegetarian variety) - the latter thought by many to be Scotland's best; while an ambitious 'Menu of the Moment' travels the world with perhaps 'Hong Kong red-roasted Pork with light Soy Greens with toasted Peanuts and Marbled Quails Egg'; 'Aberdeen Haddie with Mussel and Sweetcorn Velouté and Gruyere Fugu' and 'Roasted Pumpkin and Mozzarella Cannelloni, Rocket, Pear & Parmesan Salad and a Plum Tomato Dressing' among the starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Roast Halibut, Pancetta, Carrot & Caraway Fricassée'; 'Roast Breast of Gressingham Duck, Onion & Sage Rosti, Cavalo Nero and Blood Orange Green Peppercorn Sauce' or 'Chargrilled Aberdeen Angus Rump Steak, Chips, Green Salad and Bearnaise Sauce'.
Desserts are a strong point, and are listed with recommended dessert wine accompaniment - 'Belgian Chocolate Ganache, Stem Ginger Biscuit Stack and Raspberry Bavarois' or 'Toffee Apple Mousse Cake, Granny Smith Sorbet, Pecan Praline Wafer' might be enough to tempt you While the more savoury-toothed should enjoy their excellent selection of artisan cheeses from Ian Mellis (q.v.).
They have been nominated for National awards for the excellence of their Sunday lunches - so expect this service to be particularly busy.
- Food Style: Global
- Lunch: Fri-Sat 12.00-15.30, Sun 12.30-15.30; set L £11.95 (2 courses) to £13.95; mains £9.95 to £22.45
- Dinner: all week, 17.00-23.00; set D £11.95 (2 courses) to £13.95; mains £9.95 to £22.45
- Seats: 70
- Wine: a well-thought-out modern list kicks off at £13.95
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned