It was a very wet walk from the office to The Stag but a warm welcome was received.
The Stag only serve food until 8pm (6pm on a Saturday) so its definitely an after work or early evening spot. The restaurant week menus were set out on all the tables and the place was full to capacity when we arrived so we had little choice of where to sit.
On offer for starters was a choice of Cullen Skink, Garlic Mushrooms or Sticky BBQ Ribs, we opted for the latter two which were presented in a simple no frills way. For mains there was a choice of five dishes including a Vegetable Stir Fry, Ribeye Steak and Thai Chicken Curry. Feeling a bit fishy, I chose the Halibut Goujons and we also opted for the Wagyu Steak Burger. The Halibut turned out to be Haddock that night (as the Halibut had not been delivered) but no matter, a huge portions of fishy goujons arrived alongside an equally ample steak burger both served with chunky chips. Both were cooked well and tasted like good pub grub should , hearty and filling.
Room for pudding? Not really but we forced ourselves to try the Strawberry Cheesecake and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Unfortunately they were a little disappointing with the cheesecake having a soggy bottom (perhaps it had been out in the rain too) and the Sticky Toffee Pudding was just a cake with ice cream – the toffee had gone walk about. We did not complain as quite honestly we could not eat another morsel and the two courses we had received were good value for money.
The Stag does not pretend to be something it’s not and is quite simply a good stop for pub grub on a cold night. The portions are hearty and the choice on the menu for Aberdeen Restaurant Week was ample. Go give it a try but remember to get there before last orders at 8pm (6pm on Saturday)!