Archive for October, 2010

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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