Food, Glorious Food, UK Edition

Scotland and England might not always be held up as bastions of cuisine – but I had another great couple of weeks of eating my way across the countryside. I am sure my suits are getting tighter, but it has been worth it.

Highlights (chronological order):

  • The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven: Salmon Skink (smoked salmon, potato, cream in a bowl made of local bread, with local beers, looking out over the harbour.)
  • The Dolphin Café, Peterhead: Haddock and chips (fresh local haddock, landed right next to the café, in Europe’s largest white fish port)
  • Amuse, Aberdeen: Great British Menu Tasting Experience (One of the flashiest restaurants in Aberdeen, showcasing a range of local produce – highlight was the langoustine tart)
  • Ramen Dayo, Glasgow: Tonkotsu Miso Black Ramen (Rich and garlicky with super tender cha-shu and a great mix of add-ins and sides. Didn’t think I’d go to Scotland for Japanese food, but I was craving some noodles and this delivered hard.)
  • Glaschu, Glasgow: Tasting Menu (The prospect of Scottish fine dining was too interesting to pass up. Not big on salads, but amongst the venison and cod was a truly amazing hunk of roasted celeriac with a reduction that I would drink by the pint).
  • Kaf Coffee, Partick: Cubano Pastry (I found this little café in Partick hunting a decent coffee – and discovered some of the best pastry offerings I’ve had anywhere. The savoury Cubano was a highlight – like the sandwich but wrapped in crisp pastry – and the raspberry and peach donut that followed was also worth a mention.)
  • Akoko, London: Tasting Menu (There aren’t many places in Australia to get West African cuisine, and Akoko was high on a few of the ‘best in London’ lists that I looked up, and I now understand why. Highlights: Grilled octopus with moimoi and the iconic jolloff rice)

Special mentions:

  • Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer; this Scottish confectionary seemed to be a standard addition with the tea and coffee at the various places I stayed in Scotland – so I probably ate more of them than is good for me.
  • Still on confectionary, the Braemar Chocolate Shop do some exceptional choccies.
  • I’m probably going to put a separate Winston Churchill-related post up at some stage, but it’s worth mentioning the Churchill Burger at the Grasshopper on the Green pub in Westerham, Kent (not far from Churchill’s former house at Chartwell).

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