(21 Crown Terrace, Aberdeen AB11 6HD)
Often hailed as the city’s best steakhouse, Prime Cuts on the city’s Crown Terrace serves up Aberdeen Angus steak and North Sea Lobster. The locally-sourced beef is dry-aged for 28 days in order to allow it to absorb the maximum flavour, and Head Chef Jeremy Harris also offers up Scottish delights such as neeps and tatties and single malt whiskies to accompany your meal. Keep an eye out for the 8oz New York prime strip; a grain-fed Angus full of flavour that can be both cut and cooked to your exact requirements.
(53-69 Queen’s Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YP)
Having added two AA Rosettes for fine dining to its name in 2015, IX is undoubtedly one of Aberdeen’s premium restaurant offerings. Patrons can choose their cut from the Josper grill, before the team of chefs headed by Kevin Dalgleish (trained at The Savoy in London) prepares the Simon Howie butcher-sourced beef to taste. At £36 for a 225g fillet of Aberdeen Angus it’s certainly not cheap, but the price is more than compensated for by the exclusive dining experience and premium atmosphere.
(28 Adelphi, Aberdeen AB11 5BL)
Branding itself as a charcoal-cooked meat and seafood restaurant, the Adelphi’s very intimate setting may be claustrophobic for some due to its diminutive size. If you’ve secured a table, though, you’ll be rewarded with a sumptuous 250g medium-rare rib-eye steak for £28. Add £4 to this price and you’ve the option to upgrade to their “Surf and Turf” special - which adds five langoustine tails to the dish and a little variety to the palate.
(2 Esplanade, Aberdeen AB24 5NS)
This twee seaside cafe transforms into a gorgeous bistro in the evening, with oddities such as King Prawn and Smoked Sausage Gumbo on offer alongside their chargrilled locally-sourced steak. Matured for at least 20 days, their 8oz rib-eye steak Garni is served with thick chips, rocket, cherry tomatoes and a flat mushroom. While the bistro is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, it’s an eatery popular for special occasions and anniversaries which offers views over the chilly North Sea while you dine.
(49-53 Queen’s Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YP)
The sworn enemy of the IX Restaurant at the Chester Hotel is merely metres down the road in the world-famous Malmaison. Mal’s restaurant counters with no less than four different types of Black Angus steak to choose from, weighing from 250gm to 550gm. A recommendation would be the steak-frites; a 250gm marinated rump steak served up with pomme frites, watercress and confit tomato for £22. With the walls draped in tartan and an extensive white, red and rose wine list, Malmaison is a masterclass in affordable luxury.
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