The Carmelite was a restful port in a stormy opening day of Aberdeen Restaurant Week, for my dining companion and I. Attentive staff quickly made us feel relaxed, and drinks were speedily dispatched as we selected the lunchtime treats on offer.
We did that girly thing of “You have that, and I’ll have this and we’ll share”, giving us both a taste of delicious “Truffle’d Mushrooms”, which were served with toasted baguette, and a gorgeously light “Whipped Chicken Liver Pate”, with homemade chutney and oatcakes, that my chum said was the best pate she’d ever had.
We went solo on our mains, however. She had “Venison Sausages, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Thyme and Berry Jus”, while I had an absolutely stupendous plate of “Frito Misto” - tempura battered calamari, salmon, haddock and prawns, skinny fries, tartare sauce. This beautifully cooked seafood spread must present one of the best bargains of the entire ARW £10 For Two Course Lunchtime Menu!
We decided to pay a wee bit more to add on a delicious dessert each. This time, both of us opted for the same “Caramel Apple Tart, with Vanilla Icecream” – nae sharies for these quines. And we were glad of that because this warm, crisp, toffee sauced variation on an old standard completely hit our sweet spots and provided the perfect end to a welcome Monday treat. Caramel at the Carmelite.
We’d recommend you try it for yourselves this Aberdeen Restaurant Week!