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I was lucky enough to be invited to Howies to get a sneak preview of their menu for Aberdeen Restaurant Week. So my husband Alistair and I went along on Saturday and I'm pleased to confirm you guys are in for a treat - the menu is a cracker! And is pretty much guaranteed to cater to all dietary requirements (they have gluten/dairy/meat/nut free options)!
Soup of the day with freshly baked bread or oatcakes Smoked mackerel paté, beetroot relish & oatcakes Butternut squash falafel with tabbouleh & houmous Haggis, neeps & tatties with thyme jus
Handmade fishcake, poached egg & seasonal greens Butternut squash & sage risotto, pine nuts & spinach Chargrilled chicken breast, potato & celeriac boulangère, sautéed leeks, mushroom duxelle & tarragon jus Crisped pork shoulder & black pudding, sautéed potatoes, cabbage & apple sauce
Banoffee pie – biscuit base, toffee, banana & whipped cream Sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce & homemade vanilla ice cream Lemon posset with seasonal berry compote & lavender shortbread Poached rhubarb, hazelnut crumb, almond milk anglaise & raspberry sorbet
Everything sounds good, right? Struggling to decide what to have? Yeah us too! We eventually had a lightbulb moment and decided to share.
So for starters we went with the mackerel pate and butternut squash falafel. Although very different from each other, they were both equally tasty and actually quite light (just the right portion size for a starter). If I had to choose between them I would probably go for the mackerel pate but Alistair said he would go for the falafel (and he normally avoids vegetarian dishes - according to him "the money's in the meat" haha!).
So, on to the mains - we ordered the fishcake and pork & black pudding. Again, very different dishes. The fishcake was just the perfect portion size (especially at lunchtime). The pork & black pudding on the other hand ... wowzers! THAT was a feast! Definitely order this if you're hungry! Not that I'm complaining - our plates were pretty much licked clean. Plus I (cough) might have had a wee gin to help wash it down. Sticking with 'local' I had the Porter's Gin Tropical Old Tom (one of my top 3 favourite gin's just now).
We actually went to Howies during Restaurant Week back in February too. We had the banoffee pie and sticky toffee pudding for dessert then so this time we finished with the lemon posset and poached rhubarb. How we managed dessert I'll never know! We were absolutely stuffed. Surprisingly though, we did - puddings go in to a separate compartment, right?!
During our visit in February I had the haggis, neeps and tatties to start and the butternut squash risotto for my main. Both of which I am also happy to recommend. You can check these out on my Instagram here.
Howies has been serving up the best of Scottish produce for nearly 30 years and is a firm favourite in Aberdeen. As you know, I'm a big supporter of 'eat local' and these guys are a great example of that ethos. They even have a produce map displayed in the restaurant to prove it.
They're open Mon to Sat for lunch and dinner, and you'll be glad to hear the special offers don't end with Restaurant Week. Students can get 10% off the bill, and there are special lunch and early evening menus too.
Check out Howies restaurant week menu here.
And find out more about Howies here.
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