When you are all shopped-out, Ask Italian will give you the carb boost you need to continue your afternoon in Aberdeen’s bustling Union Square shopping centre. Or go there to prep you for a chilled evening at the cinema, which is not far away at all.
Specialising in casual Italian dining, you’ll find the award-winning purple basil and pesto Genovese on the menu. This is a British take on a family favourite of carbonara (yes this one has mascarpone in it). There’s also a host of other Italian favourites such as Bolognese and margherita pizza. Its antipasti options are great for sharing and you can chose from the fritto – with mushrooms, calamari, zucchini fritte served with a selection of dips – or the classic selection of cured meats, cheeses and bread.
If you are vegetarian, vegan or don’t eat gluten, fear not. You no longer have to miss out on this popular cuisine because it caters to each dietary requirement with exciting dishes. The extensive special menus mean you don’t have to pick from limited option on the regular menu but can instead enjoy altered versions of the classics. It also changes parts of its menu seasonally so you’ll always have variety regardless of when you visit.
Don’t forget to try the desserts. Ask puts an exciting spin on savoury Italian dishes by turning them into puddings. Try the baked chocolate gnocchi filled with Nutella and served with a chocolate dipping sauce; or the yoghurt panna cotta – a lighter take on the creamy classic. The pistachio and olive oil cake and vegan blood orange chocolate tart are further award-winning creations, so make sure to give them a try.
Its modern interiors and open kitchen make for a relaxed and comfortable dining experience and its quirky touches of ivy hanging from the ceiling and tropical murals make for a highly Instagrammable experience. Whether it be for the food or the décor is up to you.