Dundee is famous for a number of things. One of them is as the home of Desperate Dan, which unfortunately doesn’t do a huge amount for its food (there aren’t as many cow pies on menus as you might think). Another is as a port. A third is simply as a cool city (ask GQ or the Wall Street Journal). Both those things have impacted the city’s excellent food culture – so you’re sure to find a restaurant to tickle your taste buds near you. Find out more in our guide to restaurants in Dundee.
For such a small town Dundee has a lot of top quality restaurants. Here are three that are highly rated by locals, critics or both:
While Dundee is a city with some great fine dining, there’s more than enough room for some budget eats to go alongside them. Here are three of the top restaurants in town for a good, affordable feed:
While Scottish food shares a lot in common with British cuisine, its natural supply of its own game, fish, fruit, veg and dairy products has, nonetheless, given it its own set of national dishes. Here are some of the traditional Scottish foods you might find on British restaurant menus in Dundee:
For years French cooking dominated what was considered to be fine dining. The world of posh nosh has opened up somewhat in recent years, but French cuisine still exerts a powerful influence over the world of food.
The dishes are about building layers of flavour, with each technique used to enhance the dish. It’s about complementing the main ingredient rather than letting it disappear into the mix.
Dishes are often rich and indulgent, involving cream, wine and herbs, though they can be much simpler. It’s a way of cooking that goes well with the relaxed, pleasurable way many French people like to enjoy their meal at the end of the day.
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It’s fair to say I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with shopping, particularly at the Trafford Centre. The one thing that gets me through the sometimes-necessary trips to such places is the hope of finding somewhere good to dine when I’m finished. You’d think that’d be easy at the Trafford Centre, after all there are over 50 places to eat and drink. Although the majority are either coffee shops or the usual sort of chains you can find on any retail park - from Pizza Express and Nando’s to T.G.I Fridays and Frankie & Benny’s - there are several more interesting options too.