What a strange but interesting evening we had in Shaheen, Dundee’s newest Indian restaurant.
The transformative power of great architecture and spatial design to make the spirits soar is inarguable, from the grandeur of the Baroque to the understatement of Le Corbusier.
This was my third visit to the Italian Grill in recent months, my dedication not so much a declaration of love for their food but an attempt to try and keep up with the revolving door crammed with head chefs at this City Square conundrum.
Twenty years after opening, Dundee Contemporary Arts remains a hugely important cultural beacon in the city.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Despite frequently having breakfast there (the perfectly cooked, deliciously creamy scrambled eggs on toast is an absolute steal at £3.60), I have never really thought of Bridgeview Station as a place to go for lunch or dinner.
Lands of Loyal in Alyth was a complete revelation and certainly one of the nicest surprises of the year for me.
Haar has received a succession of glowing reviews since it opened in April this year – not least in this paper where it scored a remarkable 49/50 just after the fog had lifted enough to peer in the door.
From whichever direction you come, the drive to the Glenisla Hotel is pretty magnificent, with the beautiful Angus Glens unfurling their dramatic grandeur as you drive deeper in. At this time of year it’s especially moving to see the farmland being prepared for autumn and winter, a poignant reminder of the power of nature, the cycle of life – and possibly where your lunch is coming from.
Malmaison hotels have gone through various owners since their quite brilliant launch by ace Scottish hotelier Ken McCulloch in 1994 and sadly it’s fair to say that they have got less special as the years have gone by.