Dundee looking East

  • The List
  • 16 September 2015
Looking East

Far East cuisine provides a world of possibilities for city's palate

Chinese and Indian restaurants and takeaways may be long established staples of most British cities, the majority of them providing equally long-established and familiar styles. Over the decades, Dundee has enjoyed an array of less-conventional and intriguing cuisines from the Far East, sub-continent and elsewhere.

It's no different today, with the range of international cuisines available in the city broadening to reflect the increasingly confident dining scene.

Japanese food
Recent times have seen a stepping up of Japanese food related activity in Dundee after years of doing without, after a Facebook campaign to bring the first restaurant in such a style to the city. First on the scene was DJCAD graduate Usman Malik's Oshibori in early 2014, which is located in the basement of Indian restaurant Ashiana, and which serves a variety of typical dishes like ramen, donburi and teriyaki, as well as a wide range of sushi styles using fresh Scottish ingredients.

Not long after came Jushi, a small Westport bar created by local entrepreneur Sasha Amjadi, which – as the name may suggest if you puzzle it out for a bit – offers the distinctive but popular combination of sushi and freshly-made juices. Now the latest addition is Kobee, a bright, modern venue with a bustling open kitchen and an interesting USP. Using two head chefs, it's both a contemporary Japanese teppanyaki and sushi joint and a more traditional Scottish restaurant serving steak, pizza, pasta and seafood. Boutique gin and vodka, craft beer and exotic wines are also on the menu.

Increasingly, the fashion in Indian dining has been not for the typically thick sauced curries like chicken tikka masala, which British diners know and love, but for a more exciting culinary trail into South Indian cooking. Rishi's offers the best of both worlds, with a range of curries which encompass familiar chicken korma and lamb with a wide range of idli and dosa dishes.

Both use a combination of rice and lentil flour to create a doughy, cake-like texture, with idli typically dumpling-shaped and served with curried sauce, while dosa are fl attened into pancakes and filled with, say, potato masala or dipped in chutney. It's a style of food that's catching on fast, but at the moment Rishi's are the first to break it to the diners of Dundee.

A Rishis Indian Aroma
11 Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5DL
This newest outpost of the Rishi's restaurant empire is worth a wander up the Hawhill. The extensive menu covers dishes from all over India, but the biggest thrills are provided by the South Indian specials. Authentic flavours abound: egg bondas…
B Jushi
40 Westport, Dundee, DD1 5ER
Bringing a breath of fresh air, along with juice, smoothies, and sushi, Jushi offers a healthy lunchtime option to the busy Westport area. Its opening filled a sushi-shaped void in Dundee and although it's now been joined by others it has maintained its…
C Oshibori
162 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4EA
Dundee’s first Japanese restaurant opened in 2014 and has quickly attracted a dedicated following thanks to its good-value bento lunch deals and well-prepared sushi. Udon noodle dishes make for excellent slurping and gyoza are a great starter to share…
D Kobee
42 Dock Street, Dundee, DD1 3DR
Opened in March 2015, Kobee promises a night of entertainment with its teppenyaki style of cooking. The chef prepares all of the food using intricate knife skills and lucky diners even get the opportunity to catch some tasters along the way. The…