Before I moved to Edinburgh I studied in Aberdeen and this month I got to make a visit back up North. Here are my top 3 meals from the month:
Summer is officially over, which means that in Autumn we have even more reason to warm up with a Sunday Roast. Having never been to The Ox before, Sam and I decided to venture here on a rainy, hungover Sunday to cure us. We were lucky to be seated because it was so busy, but it has such a great vibe that we were happy to wait until a table became available. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long until we were seated upstairs.
I knew straight away that I would have the Roast Beef Ribeye and I thought that Sam would have the Bay Roasted Leg of Lamb, but he surprised me and ordered the Handmade Ox Burger. The burger is served pink, which was an eye catcher for him! Even though we knew we would have big mains, we decided to share the Crispy Squid & Whitebait to start because Sunday’s are for eating as much as possible.
The starter was a good choice because the batter was deliciously light, which also meant it wasn’t too filling. My roast was just what I needed and everything I look for in Sunday Lunch. The perfectly cooked, pink meat was served with Yorkshire pudding, gravy, horseradish sauce and a mound of roasted vegetables. It was all very tasty, especially the veg, the only small issue was that there was a bit too much fat on the meat for me.
I loved the Ox for its good food, friendly staff and welcoming environment – I can’t wait to go back!
Sam and I both spent 4 years studying in Aberdeen, but Maggie’s opened towards the end of our final year, so we never got to pay the restaurant a visit. This month, we got the chance to spend an evening back in the Granite City and we chose to finally visit this BBQ and Cajun food joint. Before arriving, I had set my sights on the Po Boy of the Day, but unfortunately this wasn’t available. I was feeling a little bummed at this stage because they also didn’t have any wings, which was my starter of choice. Sam and I decided to share the Buffalo Chicken Bites and I went for the Creole Seafood Platter for my main.
The restaurant is split in to two different seating areas, which I loved because you’re never sitting in a big empty room. The décor is fun and clearly showcases the type of restaurant you’re in. I was enjoying the setting, but I enjoyed it even more when the starter arrived and it was delicious! The waitress had warned us that the bites were spicy, but they were just the right amount and the blue cheese sauce helped if they started to get a bit on the hot side! I’m a big fan of buffalo chicken and I loved Maggie’s ones.
My main was a huge portion, so I couldn’t finish it, but I thoroughly enjoyed the fish. The mix of haddock goujons, southern fried shrimp and tempura popcorn crayfish tails meant that I didn’t get bored eating the same thing. I wasn’t interested in my fries because I felt I had enough fried food with the fish, so I would have preferred the option of another side. Sam’s main was the BBQ Plate with Brisket & Pastrami and he chose Half Corn on the Cob and Mac n Cheese for his sides. The Mac n Cheese was extremely tasty and I would definitely have preferred this over fries – luckily Sam doesn’t mind sharing!
Maggie’s is the ideal place for a casual meal when you’re looking for big portions of tasty food.
Nowadays, because of the Internet, I mostly know everything about the restaurants that I’m visiting in advance. I’ve normally seen them on Instagram or checked them out on TripAdvisor, Bluerapa Thai was a complete surprise. After trying to find somewhere to seat 7 of us last minute on a Sunday, Sam’s family booked us in to Bluerapa at Haymarket. There were a few tables occupied when we arrived, but it wasn’t overly busy. The setting is a good mix of casual and formal, with low lighting, but a BYOB format that makes it more relaxed.
The menu has a mix of different options and I was swaying between a number of dishes, but my eyes kept drifting back to the Yum Salad of Crispy Fried Seabass, so that’s what I went with! We also ordered some chicken spring rolls to share as a starter. The spring rolls were a good size for sitting alongside the prawn crackers that we kept receiving and were served with a delicious sweet chilli sauce, which also worked well with the crackers.
My main course exceeded all my expectations. The dish included mango, shallots, apple, cashew nuts, coriander and a mint and chilli dressing. It was a fantastic eat because of the combination of sweet and savoury flavours. I also thoroughly enjoyed the texture of the crispy fish mixed with the soft noodles. By the end of the meal almost everyone’s plates were empty (someone made the mistake of ordering a dish that said ‘fire’ beside it and it was a bit on the hot side), so overall it was a successful meal.
Bluerapa is great if you’re looking for something away from the city centre, that is reasonably priced. The fact that it’s BYOB also means that it’s good for large groups who are looking to have a few drinks.