Diary: Let's Do Lunch - The Foyer

Reviewed by Beverley Tricker, managing director, Tricker PR.

When is a charity restaurant in a church not a soup kitchen? When it's The Foyer in Aberdeen. This stylish, converted church eaterie couldn't be further from soup-kitchen style, yet its aims are surprisingly similar.

All profits fund the charity of the same name that supports disadvantaged youngsters aged 16 to 25.

The interior, with its double-height glass ceiling, has overtones of modern furniture designer Phillipe Stark and Changing Rooms, with industrial flooring on the bar walls and liberal use of purple-painted pillars.

But the white walls, which double as gallery space for local artists, stop it from looking too Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen. The chairs, however, seem to have been chosen for style over comfort.

The menu is inventive with excellent vegetarian choices and gluten and dairy-free dishes. Dishes are as diverse as fried sardines with chick pea, feta and tomato salad and loin of venison with butternut squash puree, honey-glazed fondant potato and red wine jus. The main menu, which changes every six weeks, is supplemented by a selection of dishes served between 10am and 6pm.

Portions range from sizeable to gargantuan. And if you've no room left for dessert, force yourself - remember it's all in a good cause.

Where: 82a Crown Street, Aberdeen AB11

Contact: 01224 582277

How much: £22 for three courses

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