With Seafood Week taking place at the start of next month, organisers Seafish have released a list of some of the top restaurants in Scotland to capture a seafood snap. 

Running from the 4th to the 11th of October, National Seafood Week is an annual celebration encouraging people to eat more of this delicious super food.

Seafish say that by eating the recommended two portions of seafood a week, you can boost cognitive function and support heart health, due to its high content of omega 3.

A spokesperson said: “Seafood is also a powerhouse when it comes to vitamins and minerals; zinc, iron, copper, selenium and B vitamins are essential for optimum function of the immune and nervous systems. Packed with protein, seafood also keeps you fuller for longer and aids growth and repair.”

To celebrate, they’ve pulled together a list of some of the top restaurants in Scotland to give your friends seafood envy.

Ondine

(2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD)

As Head Chef Roy Brett calls it, Ondine is a ‘proper seafood restaurant’. Ten years old this year, the restaurant is based in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, serving the finest sustainable seafood and shellfish from the East Coast of Scotland.

Treat yourself to Roy’s baked scallops, parsley butter and bacon jam or roast monkfish tail, spiced aubergines and cashews.

Fhior

(36 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SB)

A new addition to Edinburgh’s dining scene, opened in 2018 by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior’s menu seeks to reflect the restaurant’s Gaelic namesake – ‘true’.

Chef’s roasted brill with fennel, potato, smoked butter and mussels is one to make your follower’s mouths water – Scottish seafood at its finest.

Seaflower Cruises

(Portree Harbour, Quay St, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV55 9DE)

There are few better places to enjoy seafood than on board a boat sailing between Skye and one of its neighbouring islands. It doesn’t get much fresher, or more delicious than the meals served on board the 40-foot catamaran Seaflower.

Fisherman’s son Ewen Grant and fiancée Janice Cooney will help you document the journey of seafood and shellfish from sea to plate, with a fresh catch served on board during the one-hour boat trip.

Pineapple Seafood & Grill

(Meldrum House, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie AB51 0AE)

One of Scotland’s top luxury hotels, Meldrum Country House Hotel & Golf Course has made the most of the local area’s fishing heritage, opening a new Seafood & Grill restaurant serving produce from some of Aberdeenshire’s best fishing ports – Fraserburgh and Peterhead, alongside shellfish from the west coast of Scotland.

The oyster luge is not to be missed – a feast for the senses pairing whisky and oysters. This unbeatable combination brings out both the beautiful sea flavours of the oyster and the salinity of the whisky.

Gandolfi Fish

(64 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY)

Owned and run by Glasgow food hero Seumas Macinnes, Gandolfi Fish is one of the Merchant City’s foodie hot spots – a great place to watch the world go by while sampling the fruits of the sea.

The Gandolfi Fish Pie topped with cheddar cheese and potato is a hearty, soul warming dish; perfect for autumn.

• Find out more about National Seafood Week here

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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