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52 The Green, Aberdeen, AB11 6PE / Tel: +44 (0)1224 590094 / Opening Times: Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 15:00 18:00 - 21:30, Sat: 12:00 - 16:00 18:00 - 21:30, Sun: 12:00 - 16:00

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      04.12.2010 17:26

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      I cannot even begin to explain how bad the dinning experience is at Cafe 52. Cold, cramped venue. Dull, small menue. Food was so bad it was beyond beliefe. Once famed for fresh seafood Cafe 52 has gone down hill and is now unrecognisable. DO NOT EAT HERE

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      10.11.2008 20:56

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      Cafe 52 was once THE restaurant in Aberdeen with a truly imaginative menu. Unfortunately those days are long gone. It really is living on its past reputation. The food portions have reduced and the choice and quality has been dumbed down although the prices have risen. It really is a shame to see such a decline. When will management realize that the punters are not stupid and will simply move on. I know I have !

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      25.01.2008 13:30

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      DISSAPOINTING

      Touch of the emperors new clothes here i think,every time i dine at Cafe 52 it is dissapointment despite allways being fully booked and raved about.Stupid flavour combinations badly executed with over familliar service.Tip, being reffered to as "guys" all night soon becomes very wearying.
      Lastnight myself and my fellow diner both being non meat eaters chose a cabbage,halumi,cous cous + beetroot dish,after first being told this was off the menu,then on again just for us.
      However each plate was quite different from each other my cous cous being a purple claggy mush compared to the fresh looking,smelling,tasting version my friend was served.Elsewhere on my plate the cabbage was tough and stringy,the halumi was small and greasy,and the overwhelming flavour was of earth!
      The side dish of sweet potato chips consisting of a very small dish of cubed greasy undercooked sweet potato.
      when i pointed this out to our server i was given a bowl of fresher cous cous with a pesto dip and a balsmic dip ??????????????????
      but really who wants to pay £14 for an average bowl of tasteless cous cous with two pointless dips.
      overall as before extremely dissapointing.

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      17.08.2007 16:31

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      I went to cafe 52 today, i sent my burger back.. it was cold as were the 10 chips! the people i were with had cold bland betrrot pasta... which has no beetroot. I'm usually a big big fan of Cafe52 but it really really has gone downhill. Next time i'll go to moonfish round the corner

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      23.10.2006 23:24

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      What a joke!!!Best food in Aberdeen?!!!Cold food!!!!Rubbish!Service great though despite appalling, expensive food.p.s had to click on a star.

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      13.10.2005 13:09
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      Subtle lighting, fantastic aromas....... A little piece of heaven in Aberdeen!!

      This has to be the best restaurant in Aberdeen, the food is out of this world, the staff are warm and friendly, the restaurant is small and very unusual, but that is what makes it so special.

      There is something endearing about the rickety tables and the simple but very effective decor that makes this place unique, it is somewhere that once you sit down you really don't want to leave.

      The evenings are simply the best, subtle lighting (lots of candles), fantastic aromas and wine served at the perfect temperature every time... A little piece of heaven in Aberdeen!!

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        13.01.2001 18:42
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        Cafe 52 is known as "The Red Cafe", due to it's interior decor...basically stone walls painted deep red, with the odd piece of displayed artwork for sale. The cafe is small, and not the easiest place to find if you don't know Aberdeen well, although it is close to both Union Street and the bus and train stations. The best way to get there from union street is to find the graveyard, cross the road, and ask someone for the steps down to the Green. The steps are numerous and steep, and once you reach the bottom you'll be in just the right frame of mind for a coffee and a bite to eat. Perfect. Turn left at the bottom of the steps, and if it's a clear day you might see one or two metalic garden tables and chairs outside, marking the entrance to one of Aberdeen's most successful small businesses. The tables and chairs inside are the same, lamentably, although if you get a seat on the comfy long bench against the wall, you'll be fine. The cafe started out with a simple but original menu - a range of breads, sandwich fillings and dressings, still available during the day. I recommend the mushroom and brie on ciabatta, with mango guacamole dressing. Aside from the sandwiches there are a number of interesting main course dishes, including rabbit and pear sausages, feta cheese in foil, and the delectable fruit mash, prepared with mashed potato mixed with whatever fruit happens to be in the kitchen - grapes, or apricots maybe. Delicious. The daytime punters are an ecletic mix - from students to professionals, and the odd hungry tourist who has been directed to the cafe from the train station. A haven for musicians and arty types, as well as business people who know they can expect quality food, friendly service, and a superb cup of coffee. However, the people who run The red Cafe are true business people. In the last couple of years, Cafe 52 has cashed in on it's popularity, and it'
        s growing number of customers, creating an evening menu which they call "Food Technology", and slapping extortionate prices on them. If you're feeling particularly decadent, try sausage and mash with baked onion for around £15 The vegetarian options on the evening menu are very limited, too - pasta, or an aubergine layered vegetable bake type dish. All the food is delicious, no arguments there, but I do object to paying restaraunt prices in a Cafe. Look out for special offer leaflets, buy one get one free etc, and join the Cafe 52 mailing list - you will get invited to some great events, and receive special offers. The main problem with Cafe 52 is the lack of comfort - it's small enough to hear every conversation on every table - whether you want to or not. The table and chair legs are often uneven, and the music can be uncomfortably loud. However, the waitresses are patient, and will try to serve you just what you want - however difficult you are being. (Me? Difficult?) All the food is freshly prepared. The managers will listen to any comments or suggestions you make as a customer. If you begin to go regularly you are greeted like an old friend. For the best experience at The Red Cafe, go for lunch, and grab a table on the right hand side as far in as you can go. There is a fairly wide drinks menu, but don't leave without trying the peach tea. It's the one thing that will ensure you will return, time and time again.

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          12.01.2001 16:58
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          Café 52 is situated in what is called The Green in Aberdeen. This is a small pedestrianised area just off Union Street. It has been here for several years now and was started by, as they call themselves, a couple of amateurs. Since then Café 52 has been a roaring success. It is housed in the ground floor of a narrow building and has an industrial feel to it. The bare brick walls are painted a warm red colour and the extraction system from the kitchens, which are situated the back of the café, runs the length of the café and exit just above the front door. The seating capacity is not huge and I would not recommend trying to get a table there at 1pm on a Saturday. I normally go at about 2pm when it is less busy. The tables and chairs towards the door are metallic but as you get further back the chairs become more comfortable and you are out the way of the draught when the door opens! The window seats are also a good place to sit as you can people watch out of the huge windows. The music is at a perfect level, loud enough to hear but doesn't drown out any conversation even at a large table. The walls are decorated by eclectic work from local artists and can range from photographs to illuminated plastic rhino horns! Café 52 is open until midnight most evenings and serves food until 10.30pm. Although I have been there many times for lunch, I have yet to sample their evening menu. I hope to rectify this soon! The lunch menu is large with a good selection of snacks and light meals. They have the "thinking mans toastie" or tortilla wraps with fillings such as chargrilled vegetables or green madagascar pepper salami. Home-made pizza slices are another good option as are the lentil pasties, tortilla platters, soup of the day and a large selection of hot and cold salads. The light meals include rabbit and pear sausages served with mash (absolutely delicious!), a full breakfast and pasta served with their own sauc
          es. The prices may appear to be a bit expensive but it is good value for money. The toasties and tortilla wraps are around £3.95 whereas the light meals are around £5- £6. Their range of desserts changes every day and are baked by the wonderful "Mrs B". Favourites include sticky toffee pudding (of course!), apple and pear crumble, apple and fig cake and carrot cake. The café is licensed and they serve a range of beers that it may not be possible to get anywhere else. For instance, they sell Budvar on tap that most other places only sell in bottles. Their coffee is fantastic especially the espresso. This is one of my regular haunts on a Saturday afternoon shopping trip and it is probably my favourite lunch place in Aberdeen. A cosy café with good food and an excellent people watching vantage point - perfect!

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          cafe 52 restaurant is a centre point and a meeting place, retaining fruitful communication for our residential and non residential friends. In its 14th year its devotees have retained momentum supported by the culinary bold. cafe 52 is now a second home for many and a rest assured restaurant for two. It enjoys favourable reports and a thumbs up from seasoned foodies. From a bargain basement beginnings it has now elevated as the choice for unpretentious global goodies.