It’s time to revive the retro delights of prawn cocktail, showboat dinner parties and fondue as Six by Nico restaurants transport guests through the decade of disco with new dishes.

Angel Delight, instant mash, a Primula cheese swirl, Spam or some chunks of tinned pineapple for some added sophistication, the 1970’s retro food trends can only be described as the decade that good food forgot, but there are dishes that are still held in great affection today.
 
But now it’s time to chill the Babycham because ‘The 1970’s’ are back on the menu with the latest concept at Six by Nico restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Chef Nico Simeone will celebrate some of the highs and lows of the pre-Instagram, pre-clean eating era that will see prawn cocktail, chicken kievs and trifle being served up as Six by Nico cooks retro 70’s food with an upmarket twist. 
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Picture: the six course tasting menu will feature some classic favourites from the era

 
The new six course tasting menu includes Spam & Mash: potato espuma, smoked ham hough and pickled mustard seed; prawn cocktail: tiger prawn, baby gem ketchup, tomato and shellfish marie rose; chicken kiev: black garlic emulsion, pea pesto and rainbow radish; salmon tikka marsala: onion bhaji, caramelised cauliflower and lime gel; Duck A L’Orange: confit duck, aromatic carrot and orange puree.
 
And it wouldn’t be the 1970’s with a classic British pudding. Retro diners will love the sixth dish on the menu, which offers a unique twist on the dessert – a trifle of summer berries served with saffron, almond sponge and whipped creme friache. 
 

Chef Nico Simeone said: “People ate the most bizarre stuff in the ’70s and we want to create incredible new dishes that would define the decade.

“It was the era of the showboat dinner party when meals didn’t just taste out of this world, they looked out of this world too.”
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Picture: Chef Nico Simone will be cooking 70s classics next month

 

Diners can book a table now for ‘The 70’s’, which will run from Monday to Sunday throughout August in Edinburgh and Tuesday – Sunday until early September at the Glasgow location.

The menu will be priced from £28 per person in Glasgow and Edinburgh with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine and specialist drinks pairing for an additional £25 at each restaurant.

As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as retro snack sides. 

 
Nico added: “Our new menu concept is all about a time, a place and a fantastic reminder of the past with your favourite dish.
“Children of the 70’s will remember eating them all the time at home and our team at Six by Nico are super excited to revive them for a new generation in our restaurants.”

 To make a reservation and to book now, visit the restaurant’s website.

‘The 1970’s’ will run from Tuesday 7th August until Sunday 16th September 2018.

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Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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