It was a bit of a last minute decision to go to the Kirkview Cafe & Bistro (our empty fridge played a fairly significant part in pushing us out the door) but on a beautiful sun drenched evening it just seemed like a good idea to stroll into the city to enjoy the first night of Aberdeen Restaurant Week.
There are some places that just make you feel ‘at home’ in their surroundings and The Kirkview Cafe & Bistro, which is nestled in amongst the granite buildings on Union Terrace, is just one of those. With its cute little strings of fairy lights adorning the roof, classic French bistro style tables and chairs and pretty views out over Union Terrace it really is a lovely spot for meeting and eating.
The £20 dinner menu on offer this week is delightful with plenty of choice for all tastes and diets. For starters there was a Tomato and Chickpea Soup; Steamed Shetland mussels; Chicken Liver Pate or Salt and Pepper Calamari.
Spoilt for choice (well certainly when you compare the menu to what was on offer in our home that night) I opted for the Salt and Pepper Calamari which was served up on a bed of one of the lightest and tastiest wee salads I’ve had in a long time.
Hubby went for the Steamed Shetland Mussels which came with a garlic and cream sauce and a good dod of baguette to soak it all up.
Mains did not disappoint (even though I was convinced I’d ordered chicken and mushroom risotto) but instead got the Stroganoff as advertised. My stroganoff was however sensational, and Mr B’s blue cheese and spinach gnocchi was (according to him) deliciously tangy.
We had absolutely no room for dessert but ordered two anyway (just to take a photo), Banoffee tart and Eton Mess which when delivered were just too tempting so we had to eat them up.
A great start the Aberdeen Restaurant Week. I’ve decided my kitchen is closed for the week so now to decide where to go to tomorrow! Just as well these weeks only come along twice a year, they are too tempting.