Wondering where to eat in Aberdeen? These are the cuisines to enjoy and the places to eat this summer. From Italian and Indian to Japanese and Thai, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Union Square that are giving us all the holiday food vibes!
ItalyFrom pasta to pizza and everything in between, we’re all obsessed with Italian food and its simple yet bursting-with-flavour dishes. The Italian cuisine has it all…
How about something shareable like antipasto? It’s a mix of dry-cured meats like prosciutto and an assortment of cheese such as soft and nutty Gorgonzola. Or perhaps you’re after a meal straight out of Nonna’s kitchen like a rich Bolognese? (Perfect for scarpetta – the Italian word for scooping up your food with some bread!)
And thanks to the Italian’s love of endless courses, you can sit back and spend the afternoon tucking into everything – from the primo to the dolce and maybe even a little digestive con caffè!
Antipasto grande board
Try this at Zizzi: Antipasto grande board (coppa ham, Spianata Piccante salami, speck, smoked scarmorza cheese, buffalo mozzarella, mixed olives, tomato and pesto crostino, bread, rocket and riserva, cheese salad and smoked chilli dip)
JapanIn traditional Japanese cuisine each dish tends to follow the rule of five: five colours (black, white, red, yellow, green), five techniques (raw, grilled, boiled, fried and steamed) and five flavours (bitter, salty, sweet, spicy and sour). Also known as washoku, this way of cooking ensures every dish is varied and balanced.
When it comes to modern Japanese food you can expect to see some of these traditional cooking qualities in your dishes: perfectly presented delicate sushi and sashimi salmon which almost looks too good to eat, sweet and sticky mochi (a Japanese rice cake), thick and silky udon noodles, irresistible gyozas, and crispy tempura prawns.
Try this at Yo! Sushi: Prawn gyoza
MexicoFrom tacos to burritos, carnitas to enchiladas, who doesn’t love Mexican food? Thanks to its vibrant and fresh ingredients, like their famed assortment of chillies, beans and poblanos chili peppers, Mexican cuisine always leaves you suitably stuffed and a little flame-lipped.
Some of Mexico’s other delights include mole (pronounced mol-eh), a rich sauce perfect for accompanying things like enchiladas. It contains over 20 different ingredients including chilies, chocolate and nuts, and the widely-loved guacamole made with fresh avocados, diced tomatoes and onions, coriander, lime and chilli.
Try this at BarBurrito: Dos tacos with chicken and spicy beef
ThailandThai cuisine is a celebration of lively and fragrant flavours! From aromatic spices like cloves, cinnamon and chillies to fresh ingredients like lemongrass and coconut milk, Thai food carefully balances four major tastes of sweet, spicy, sour and salty to create mouth-watering dishes.
As food is very much a social activity in Thailand, dinners often include a platter of meat and fish dishes alongside sides of noodles, rice and soup. Some of their much-loved food include a traditional Thai green curry called gang keo wan, a wonderous spicy shrimp soup called tom yum goong and the fried noodle dish of pad Thai, which is one of Thailand’s national dishes.
Try this at Thaikhun: Chicken with cashew nuts stir fry (crispy chicken with cashew nuts, onions, mushrooms, peppers with a roasted red chilli sauce and crispy chilli)
IndiaIndian food is packed with tradition and wildly loved and celebrated around the globe. The cuisine is heavily influenced by regions, meaning you get vastly different dishes depending on where you are in the country.
The north celebrates rich dishes like tandoori chicken and tikka masala. The east is known for desserts including their creamy rice pudding called kheer, while fish curries are enjoyed in the west. Then there’s the south, where you can discover stew-style curries such as Kerala-style beef.
Try this at COSMO: Kashmiri lamb