Capturing the essence of #ARW2018
We visited Jack's on a busy Saturday night. Nothing quite matches up to the buzz of a packed restaurant. It was pretty much full with only the odd table not occupied.
Being a first timer, we had a quick look through the main menu before we picked from the set menu that Jack's have come up with for restaurant week. The first thing that jumps out is that you can get a steak, in a 3 course, £20 set menu. I knew immediately my main course decision was going to be easy!
For starters the offer is one of three from Classic Mac and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese and Celery Mayo, or Beef Satay with Spring Onion and Coriander Flatbread. G opted for the spicy wings (pregnancy has definitely upped her spice threshold!). Wanting to try something different I thought I would take on the Beef Satay. One word describes the starters.... Generous. The wings were the stand out. Eight crunchy wings with a nice spicy coating, served with a creamy dip and fresh salad. The satay aroma was what you would expect, hitting your tastebuds before the plate landed on the table. There was a bowl packed with fresh strips of beef engulfed in the rich peanutty sauce. The sticks of flatbread on the side were a great delivery method for mopping up the leftover sauce.
For mains, as I said, my choice was easy. The rib eye medium rare. Served with home made chips, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and a whisky and pepper sauce. G went for the chicken wrapped in bacon stuffed with black pudding, mash and a sauce of your choice. Which being Polish, of course she chose the mushroom sauce. For the vegetarian option there was a chick pea and butternut squash curry option. The steak was faultless. Rib eye as it does carrying all sorts of fatty, meaty, umami goodness. Cooked to a ruby red perfection. The accompaniments also hitting the spot. I actually had to fight G off the pepper sauce a couple times, although she did get to try a few of my mushrooms. G's Chicken was a straightforward dish, but pulled off excellently. The salty bacon acting as a perfect seasoning for the chicken, which was guarding the peppery black pudding inside.
To dessert. Again, three options. Oreo cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding, or profiteroles. G was totally stuffed so chose the cheesecake to go. I decided to go the same way. Another winner. One thing that really bugs me when I eat out is 'bought in' puddings. It was great to see a home made number here that really was a perfect ending to our night and this well thought out menu.
To add, Jack's will be moving from the once thriving restaurant row of crown terrace to take over 150 union street, formerly Eclectic Fizz. The Restaurant will be split over two floors with a separate bar also. So diners on restaurant week will get the added benefit of being some of the first visitors to the new venue.
In summary - if you are looking for your steak fix during Aberdeen restaurant week, look no further than Jack's. just make sure you go hungry, as the portions are more than ample!