Considering its seaside location, it should come as little surprise that Aberdeen is home to a handful of seafood restaurants. The Silver Darling is among the prettiest of the bunch, boasting floor-to-ceiling glass windows on three sides which capture views over Aberdeen’s coastline and beyond.
Occupying a first-floor space by the docks, The Silver Darling lets its stunning views do the talking, with the rest of the dining room being kitted out with simple interiors such as light wood tables and chairs and flickering candles. Although you’ll get to soak up the coastal views on whatever table you dine at, we’d recommend reserving a window seat to really make the most of the experience, especially if you’re visiting for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.
As previously mentioned, The Silver Darling champions fish and seafood, although the menu is not afraid of global accents either – think Spanish-style pil pil prawns with chilli and garlic, or panko-coated aubergine with katsu sauce. Elsewhere, you’ll find the more traditional likes of fish & chips, pan-seared halibut and a prawn and crab linguine, while if you’re not in the mood for fish you can instead tuck into dishes such as roasted venison drizzled with a blackberry jus or chargrilled Scottish steaks.
The Silver Darling’s sweets menu is overseen by their in-house pastry chef, who turns out creations such as cinnamon and nutmeg crème brûlée or popcorn and salted caramel panna cotta. Those with a savoury tooth can satisfy their cravings with the artisan cheese platter, which is served alongside charcoal wafers, oatcakes, red onion chutney and frozen grapes.
The restaurant’s selection of seafood is well matched to its line-up of European wines, several of which are available by the glass or bottle. Be warned that prices can add up, especially if you choose to indulge in The Silver Darling’s selection of fizz – with such a gorgeous location and sharp service though, it would be no surprise if you find yourself in a celebratory mood.