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February 12, 2013
Yatai on 's Langstane Place: Aberdeen's answer to Tokyo
Yatai on ‘s Langstane Place: Aberdeen’s answer to Tokyo

Aberdeen’s restaurant scene is never quiet but the last few months have been particularly hectic.

The latest news is that, after many delays, Mr Oliver is opening his Jamie’s Italian restaurant on Monday 18th February. You can browse the menu for the Union Street restaurant here.

The 5pm Restaurants blog was also delighted to see that Yatai has re-opened on Langstane Place. The Japanese restaurant won the Best Oriental Restaurant category at the Scottish Restaurant Awards back in 2009.

Since then, it has popped up here and there in Aberdeen without ever seeming to settle down. Hopefully they will stay where they are for the foreseeable future as their food looks incredible.

Sashimi is a big part of the offer at Yatai
Sashimi is a big part of the offer at Yatai

We’ve lifted a couple of pics from their Facebook page but, if you are fan of sushi and sashimi, then it’s well worth having a longer browse.

We also note that a couple of new places have surfaced in Union Square. The new branch of Cosmo is part of a rapidly growing chain of pan-Asian buffet restaurants that is sprouting up all over the UK.

Depending on the day of week and time of day, customers pay a set fee ranging from £7.99-£14.99 for adults and are then free to graze from over 150 different dishes which are prepared at twelve cooking stations.

An Edinburgh branch is said to be in the pipeline later this year.

On the upper level of the Union Square Mall, a recently opened branch of Las Iguanas is getting into the festival spirit this week. Serving a mix of South American foods, especially those from Brazil and Mexico, it is going buck wild for the Rio Mardi Gras and serving a £15 Carnival menu.

You can browse 5pm’s rapidly expanding range of Aberdeen restaurants here.