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A family dinner in the Moonfish Cafe in Correction Wynd in Aberdeen. Small but not cramped and when we arrived on a Saturday evening it was almost but not quite full. The menu is small – 5 starters and 5 mains, which I always think is a good sign. After an amuse bouche of king prawn tempura, I started with scallops and black pudding – slightly different in that the black pud was presented in a deep fried ball. These were good but, so long as they are fresh and you don’t overcook them, scallops are always good. Main course was excellent – curried monkfish which was super tasty.

Wine list was also short with a very reasonable markup – not the rip off of selling a £7 wine for £25 that is all too common.

Too full for pud but coffee and tablet (Scottish fudge) was enough.

Fixed price of  £18.50 for 2 courses but we had some supplements (for scallops and steak), wine, pre-dinner drinks and coffees. About £28 each.

Visited, October 2010

 

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A new blog (Jane Eats Edinburgh) on the Edinburgh resto reviewing scene. Great, witty writing with evocative descriptions. Highly recommended.  Top of my blogroll list.

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I’d wanted to eat at Chop Chop for a while – before it became famous for it’s appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s Best Rastaurant’s programme – but things never worked out. Finally, got there in October 2010 and it lived up to expectations. I went with my daughter Jane (aka TheGiantTeacup), a Chop Chop regular and was guided by her in choosing dishes.

We had the famous aubergines, pork and prawn dumplings, noodles and peanut and mustard sauce, pork ribs, marinated pork and spicy tofu. The aubergines and dumplings were outstanding and I was gratified that the pork didn’t taste too different from the one we make at home (from Kenneth Lo’s 1974 Chinese cookery encyclopedia).

This may sound like too much food for 2 people – it was, but Chop Chop have the all too rare policy of recognising that when you buy food in a restaurant it’s then yours and you should be able to take it away. No aubergines or dumplings left but Jane went home with enough for Saturday lunch.

Cost about £52, which for the quality and amount of food was very reasonable. No drink as I’d been at a Lupe Pintos wine tasting and Jane was abstemious.

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I’ve written about Lupe Pintos in Tollcross before – a great Mexican/Spanish deli. They organised a wine tasting of Spanish wines and I went along with my daughter Alison expecting to be there for 10 minutes and to taste a teaspoon of 2 or 3 wines. How wrong can you be! It was great – we were there for an hour, tasted nine different wines with enough wine for Ali to decide that driving was a really bad idea. 3 whites, a pink, 4 reds and a lovely sweet Moscatel. Informative discussions and friendly chat. There was one typical (very good) Rioja but the others were Spanish wines unlike any I’d tasted before. Ali and I were knocked out by the quality and I now have strict instructions that our Christmas wine should come from LP.

Well worth going there for wine – from £5 upwards. We’ll certainly be buying wine along with our chorizos in future. And the people are really friendly and helpful.

October 2010.

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A typical French bistro is the heart of Edinburgh. Typical in every respect – the food is not great but is OK, it takes ages to get the bill and it’s not overpriced. We had eaten lunch here before and enjoyed it so we thought we’d try it for dinner on a Friday evening. We booked well in advance but really didn’t need to as, when we arrived at 8 pm. there was only one other table taken. My meal was classic – fish soup, magret de canard and then creme brulee. I suspect the fish soup was from a jar – the ones they sell in French supermarkets but it was quite acceptable. The duck was well-cooked – still pink but, as I’ve had  in France, the potatoes were over cooked. The creme brulee was a bit tasteless. Red house wine.

Overall, I think this is a better place for lunch than dinner – but if you want to re-experience your French holiday, this is the place to go. The deli is interesting.

About £21 each. Visited, September 2010.

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