The Braided Fig has always been one of those hidden gems I have wanted to try but never quite got around to, so I was delighted to get the chance to visit it to sample the Aberdeen Restaurant Week menu.
Tucked away off Union Street, it was a lovely night to walk to the restaurant with my boyfriend. The evening was made even more special by a reunion with a uni friend I haven’t seen in years who was in Aberdeen for the night.
My attention was immediately caught by the large fig tree in the middle of the room, decorated with lovely fairy lights which really added to the ambience.
With nine years to catch up on since we graduated, we quickly made our choices. I plumped for the Sticky Ginger Chicken starter, as did my boyfriend, and my friend chose the Buffalo Cauliflower.
For being a slow eater, I demolished mine, loving the combination of the mango and peanut salad which perfectly complemented the flavourful chicken.
My friend enjoyed her cauliflower dish, which had a fiery kick (good thing she had chosen a lovely gin to wash it down with from the fantastic selection on offer).
Onto the mains and I couldn’t wait to try out the Braised Thai Monkfish, which was served with a delicious curry sauce and chunky vegetables on a generous bed of soba noodles.
Judging purely by the silence across the table from me (and the empty plate afterwards), I knew that my boyfriend was thoroughly enjoying his choice of the Pan Roasted Chicken, which came with haggis sausage roll, turnip fondant, creamed potatoes, carrot puree, crispy shallot and a Drambuie jus.
Next to me my friend was loving her Stir Fried Greens dish and being a hummus fan, she was pleased that it came dressed with hummus, mint, pine nuts and all important pitta bread to ensure no drop of the accompaniment was left behind.
I wasn’t sure I would have enough room left for dessert, but with the ARW offer of three courses for £20, it was too good a deal to even try to resist the Black Forest Chocolate Sponge. Served with delicious cherries and an amazing black cherry sorbet and chocolate shavings, it certainly didn’t last long. It was the same story with my boyfriend’s choice of the zesty Lemon Meringue, which came with pistachio granola, poached rhubarb and raspberry rose sorbet.
With attentive and friendly service all night and a buzzing atmosphere, I will definitely be back again and would encourage others to try out this hidden gem of the Granite City.