Review on Native by Nick Nairn at Hilton Garden Inn
Following the successful Kailyard restaurant in Dunblane, celebrity chef Nick Nairn has once again partnered with the Hilton hotel group with the launch of his Native by Nick Nairn restaurant, set in the Hilton Garden Inn located in the heart of Aberdeen. The elegant restaurant has a contemporary décor with smart polished dark wood tables set against comfy olive green chairs and walls adorned with local pictures of a bygone era.
The kitchen taps into the bountiful supplies the region has to offer, with top-notch ingredients supplied from trusted local producers including grass reared beef and lamb, and ultra-fresh seafood sourced from Aberdeen and Peterhead. Nick has appointed Gary Leishman as Head Chef of the restaurant, who previously worked at Carberry Tower and Ackergill Tower and together they have produced a menu that is true to the seasons, showcasing accomplished cooking techniques.
Kick off with hand dived Orkney scallops, chorizo picante, pea, lettuce and toasted oatmeal or maybe haggis tortellini, beetroot, trompette mushrooms and Cabernet Sauvignon vinaigrette. Moving on meat lovers might opt for for a streak from the grill menu served with plum tomato, flat mushroom, onion rings and fries, together with your choice of sauce or pan-fried Peterhead lemon sole on the bone, brown butter, capers, parsley and lemon. Scrumptious desserts close the show with a passion fruit crème brûlée paired with coconut shortbread or Nick's soft chocolate cake, caramel sauce, honeycomb and crème fraiche.
Knowledgeable staff, a pleasant buzz and a concise wine list hits the right notes.
Nick Nairn and Gary Leishman
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card