On a dreich and wet Monday night, it was a relief to step into the welcoming atmosphere of Molly’s Bistro, located at the Aberdeen Douglas Hotel on Market Street.
This was my partner and I’s first visit to Molly’s and we were keen to see what it had to offer for Aberdeen Restaurant Week.
Greeted warmly by our server, we were shown to our table and quickly discarded our saturated coats. I’m one of those people who always agonises over menu choices, but in this case didn’t take long to decide what I wanted.
Always a fan of mushroom dishes, I plumped for the creamed garlic mushroom bruschetta with parmesan shavings and rocket, while my other half opted to warm himself up with the soup of the day, tatties and leek, which was served with homemade bread.
Arriving promptly, I quickly made my way through the dish, which was presented beautifully and tasted as good as it looked. Across the table, the hearty soup with generous tattie chunks also went down very well.
Onto the mains, roast rib eye of beef, served within the biggest Yorkshire pudding I have ever seen in my life, along with the chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables and rosemary and thyme roast potato.
My other half chose the smoked cheese and chorizo stuffed chicken served with spring onion mash (which he substituted for normal mash) with a cajun cream sauce.
Served with a red wine jus, I thoroughly enjoyed the roast beef, my only disappointment was that I wasn’t able to finish the Yorkshire pudding. Cooked perfectly it was everything a roast should be, and the rosemary roast potatoes in particular were delicious.
My other half also made his way quickly through his generously portioned main, and also found space to steal some of my deliciously seasoned potatoes.
Onto the dessert and wow this was more than worth trying to save space for, and being a notoriously slow eater, this was definitely the quickest I have ever eaten a dessert...and neither of us were willing to share. I chose the gin fizz and lime cheesecake served with lemonchello sorbet, while my partner went for the chocolate orange gateau served with chantilly cream.
A huge cheesecake fan, this was one of the best I have ever tried and had a beautifully balanced creamy flavour with a lovely crumbed biscuit base, while the crème brule style topping was divine. When asking how the chocolate gateau was going down, I was greeted with a big smile and “mm chocolate orangey”, which says it all!
With a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, great service and lovely food, this was our first but will certainly not be our last visit to Molly’s Bistro. We can’t wait to return and highly recommend the venue, which is taking part in Aberdeen Restaurant Week, underway from now until Sunday March 1.