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#1 Njugle

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 12:36 AM

Okay guys and galls, let's have it...

What's hot and what's not in the realm of Shetland fast food and eateries.

Put your opinions down and who knows, could be the local 'Michelin' guide. :D

Then again it could just let me know where to go on Saturday night to save the effort of cooking. :idea:

PS Use nicknames or hints if you want to avoid shameless promotion/legal action :wink: But i don't think any of you are that 'blett'

#2 Muppet

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 12:49 AM

Bacon roll fae Lizzie's cafe! You'll never upstage it!!!!!!

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 09:31 AM

Best Fry up = Co-op (5 or 8 items. The choice is yours)

Best Saucermaet roll = Weighbridge takeaway (I recommend cheese and onions on it, with a bottle of Lucozade. DO NOT BUY THE COFFE)

Best BLT = Slotties (nice hats)

Best 'proper grub' = Maryfield or Mid Brae Inn (they don't skimp on the tatties. Monty's, take note)

Best steak = Baroc (make sure someone else is paying)

Worst bacon roll = Winddog Cafe (Microwaved. How dare they! I recommend firing it out of the van window)

Worst service = Monty's (waited 1/2 hr before we were offered a drink)

But what's the best Indian take away/restaurant in Zetland? Raba / Sarmile / Spice of India / The Brae one? Peter Gear, you are the accepted authority on such matters. Please enlighten us

Bacon roll fae Lizzie's cafe! You'll never upstage it!!!!!!

Where's that?

#4 Muppet

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 11:37 AM

Bacon roll fae Lizzie's cafe! You'll never upstage it!!!!!!

Where's that?


Mmm, showing my age here! Was where Last Ditchology used to be, the original harbour cafe.

But what's the best Indian take away/restaurant in Zetland? Raba / Sarmile / Spice of India / The Brae one? Peter Gear, you are the accepted authority on such matters. Please enlighten us


Sarmile does it for me! Some of their Nepalese dishes are wonderful, pity it's only a takeaway.

#5 Njugle

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 12:46 PM

Bets bacon roll was DEFINITELY Lizzies! And see that grill thing they used, you just wanted to grab it and snog all that dripping bacon fat out of it mmmm...

Ahem! Enough of my fantasies.

Sarmile does it for me. I think they've slipped a little since they first opened but they still rock. Best value snack in town; Chicken tikka roll from there.

Maryfield is great but can anyone manage three courses? I did it once, but had to leave one of the side dishes that comes with the main.

Best steak- I would have to say the shetland hotel, as a one off.

Baroc seem to do good food, decent portions but the presentation reminds me of school canteen, ie dumped on the plate. (snobby, eh?)

Questions:

what's this new lerwick hotel gaff all about, haven't been.

Is the NAFC good? Personally i don't rate it that highly, it's a canteen serving fish 5 days a week, and...

Where oh where oh where is our decent seafood restaurant? We live in the middle of the sea for flukes sakes. Anywhere else in the world...etc

Chinese? Muckle dyke for takeaway, silver bus for eating in.

oh yeah, rumour has it that the sarmile guys want to find a restaurant venue and if they can't will move away :(

And peeriebryan; co-op wins on price for fry-up but have you seen what they do to black pudding? it's a crime against offal! dried up cheap plastic yuk! And the fat soaked tattie scone, and those awful hash browns

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Posted 28 January 2006 - 03:30 AM

The Queen's Hotel is THE BESTEST if Fat-Man is cheffing. Otherwise don't bother. Expensive but worth it if you're 'celebrating'. He's creative, exceptionally good at his job... superb seafood, incredible menus, fantastic selection. Best chef in Shetland? Can anyone out there nominate another?

Sunday dinner (if you want to treat your good lady but you don't have time to put a roast on yourself), has to be the Carvery at the LK Hotel.

Or if you're with the lads, it'll be curry. Spice are good at mains, Raba good at starters. Sarmile excellent allround.

Wind Dog; well, I await this summer's takeaway fare now that they've gone into partnership with Margaret. You never know, we can but live in hope. Andy's an excellent chef, but I agree that in the past his takeaway buns were somehow less edible than petrified poo and deserved to be thrown over the side of the ferry - thank goodness for the Skibhoul shop's bakery. Shame the management didn't perpetuate the "local history" table-spreads of the Haroldswick shop when they moved the facility to Baltasound. Anyone ever experienced the eat-in facility in Fetlar's shop? Then of course there's always the Hilltop

#7 Njugle

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 12:25 AM

Just to drag this topic back to the top of the pile as a lot of new opinions have come along since it was last discussed.

Any further food wisdom knocking around.

I am now led to believe that the best chinese takeaway is the silver bus. Only tried the new dragon place once and it seemed alright, any experts?

Anybody had any grub at the place in Hillswick yet?

#8 BigMouth

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 09:55 PM

I had something to eat in Hillswick last year when my son came up. I have to admit to being really impressed. First place that I have eaten where they ask you to pay what you think!

Four major exceptions to the rule that visitors have that the only dish eaten here is mince and tatties, Montys (only had lunch there), Baroc (for their steaks), the new Deli/cafe in the Toll Clock whose name escapes me, and lastly the Spiggie Hotel. Oh, there was the Bigton Cafe for lunch on the only day that it was ever open when I passed for their brie and advocado sandwiches. Cool, I didn't know you could get advocados here.

Brae Inn was memorable for the fact that they should equip you with mountaineering gear as the portions are so big.

I haven't been to any of the fast food places. Once went into Burger King and had something that tasted like tepid dog. Never again

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 10:19 PM

I had something to eat in Hillswick last year when my son came up. I have to admit to being really impressed. First place that I have eaten where they ask you to pay what you think!

That's the Booth, I take it.

Excellent food, Pay by donation? I think I've paid more for food there than i would have been charged 'cos it's such a nice idea!


There is a new place en-route to hillswick, opened last year. Anybody been there? Or maybe it's pay by donation too and i'm out of touch :oops:

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 10:23 PM

I had something to eat in Hillswick last year when my son came up.


So he finished his foccacia rolls and tracked you down did he?? :wink:

so one day I sent my son off to the shops for a couple of foccacia rolls and a jar of lemon mayonaisse, packed my suitcase and buggered off before he got back.



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Posted 20 March 2006 - 11:07 PM

I had something to eat in Hillswick last year when my son came up.


So he finished his foccacia rolls and tracked you down did he?? :wink:

so one day I sent my son off to the shops for a couple of foccacia rolls and a jar of lemon mayonaisse, packed my suitcase and buggered off before he got back.


Arghh!!

You must be a defective in the police force, oops a detective in the police farce.

Its a fair cop guv'

:o

#12 BigMouth

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 11:11 PM

There is a new place en-route to hillswick, opened last year. Anybody been there? Or maybe it's pay by donation too and i'm out of touch :oops:


Where is this place?

I was referring to the Booth in my tale about my other son :wink:

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 11:18 PM

Is it at Breiwick or somewhere? It was in the paper last year. The chef is reputed to be really good, the view is said to be really good and it's big enough to hold a coach party and open all day!

Sounds too good to be true eh?

That's why i wondered about it. :wink:

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 05:48 AM

The seafood restaurant at the Lerwick Hotel is quite good we were there about 3 weeks ago.

Good selection of seafood and a lot of local ingredients used as well.

Definitley would go back there.

Service was good as well - mind it was pretty empty due to the snow. The paella was cooked from scratch if I remember rightly.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:07 AM

Nobody has yet mentioned the sit in bit of the Fort Chippy. A bit cramped and a bit of a goldfish bowl I admit but surely the best place in Shetland for the freshest cooked Fish and Chips and at a very reasonable price too.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:19 AM

Nobody has yet mentioned the sit in bit of the Fort Chippy. A bit cramped and a bit of a goldfish bowl I admit but surely the best place in Shetland for the freshest cooked Fish and Chips and at a very reasonable price too.


Their breaded fish is brilliant. For years I stayed away from fish and chip shops as I didn't like the batter that they use. If I have fish and chips, it is almost always the Fort chip shop and always breaded fish.

On the day that I arrived here I was really looking forward to some fish. I was really happy to be living in a fishing port. I went for fish and chips at one of the competitors. When they told me that they had run out of fish I thought that they were winding me up because I was obviously not a local. I just would not believe that they didn't have any. They really didn't though. :(

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 12:22 PM

I like the spice of india. Great on a sunday for the buffet, really good. Havent been in a while since i live in edinburgh.
The golden coach is hard to beat too, and thats in comparison with other big restraunts south i've been too. Overall Shetland has a quite high standard of food, although - typically shetland (or scotland) the service isnt always up to scratch. Its maybe unfair to criticise specific eataries on such as public and influential forum! but certainly you do get the feeling the customer isnt always right.
I actually think certain pub staff have really bad manners in shetland, quite grumpy and moaney, western-saloon bar esque!

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 12:32 PM

The golden coach is hard to beat too, and thats in comparison with other big restraunts south i've been too.


I have to agree there. I have never left there disappointed.

Raba does it for me on the Indian front. I always used to eat the lamb phal until recently when I was put on new medicines for a sinus problem. The medicines worked too well and I could suddenly see why phal is too hot for most.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 08:16 PM

Sarmile is the best takeaway in town. Napelese Tikka Massala is superb.
No too keen on da Great Wall for sitting in, was in a couple of weeks ago, finished wir starter, waiter came and got wir plates then our main course appeared straight away. They always seem to try and get you out a.s.a.p.

Lerwick Hotel takes a bit o beatin

Dont like Osla`s too slow and found a hair in me pancake!!!!

Raba is always good.

Skipidock is pretty reliable

Harbour Cafe will be better once da smoking ban comes into play!!

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 10:50 AM

Harbour Cafe will be better once da smoking ban comes into play!!


The Harbour Cafe were one of the few businesses to grasp the nettle early. Smoking has not been allowed there since the start of this year