I decided to pay a visit to one of my favourite places in Aberdeen for a vegetarian meal, the aptly named Food Story to take in their special menu for Aberdeen Restaurant Week. Accompanied by my newly married friend Lucy, we had lots of wedding chat to catch up on over dinner.
Food Story is a rustic and relaxed diner with quirky touches at every turn from the unique art works adorning the walls to the ornate water urn marked with a handmade ‘hydration station’ sign. As always, there was a buzz about the place as we arrived, including some live musicians and we wandered under the fairy lights to claim our table before heading up to the counter to place our order.
The friendly staff explained the menu offers a fixed starter and dessert with a few options to choose from for mains – we made the mistake of both ordering exactly the same which I realised afterwards was not the best plan for a food review but what can I say, great minds think alike! We both grabbed a can of organic elderflower juice, remembering too late there is the option to BYOB here if you’d like for a small corkage fee.
The starter arrived promptly after ordering – delicious fresh rosemary flatbread, drizzled with tasty oil and accompanied by wholesome hummus topped with chili jam which was a lovely sweet addition. We were both hungry and devoured speedily.
For my main I’d been looking forward to the Teriyaki Tofu but this was unavailable, so we both opted for the Hot Pot Special of the day, a veggie filled Bombay Aloo. This arrived in a large bowl accompanied by plenty of brown rice, bubbly poppadoms, juicy tomatoes, tzatziki, more fresh flatbread and a nourishing salad which featured tender stem broccoli, rocket, sunflower seeds and sweet dried cranberries. The curry had a mild spice to it and was super tasty. The whole dish was incredibly filling in a good way – I could feel myself getting healthier as I ate!
We didn’t have much space left for pudding but powered through and were soon presented with the Fudgy vegan chocolate cake, which came accompanied with pecan and caramel ice cream and sprinkled with toasted coconut. The ice cream was really lovely, a slightly different texture due to being vegan I assume but very tasty, especially with the accompanying coconut. The cake was very moist and sweet and again I enjoyed more than I had expected for a vegan option.
Its great to see such a wide variety of restaurants in the Aberdeen Restaurant Week line up and vegetarian or not, I hope you consider giving Food Story a try, you won’t be disappointed.