Hidden deep in Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter you’ll find Musa, a truly authentic venue homing the very best of music, culture and food in one place. A perfect spot to start of September’s Aberdeen Restaurant Week (ARW).
Easily identified by its iconic circle window (which will make anyone with a passion for natural lighting weak at the knees), Musa stands out with it’s red branding and authentic style. Inside, Musa has a commitment to deliver amazing artisanal food using only the best of local produce creating a hub of not only food but live music and art.
I’ve been meaning to try Musa for a while now and was pleased to see them adding to the ARW list. Alongside me was trusted style Queen (and Musa virgin) Hannah to help me eat through the menu.
Sitting down at our bottle capped table with our freshly made bread, we read the menu and it was clear that the Musa menu offers variety for all tastes.
It was a sharing starter for us with the Aberdeenshire Haggis Spring Roll. Not your usual tightly rolled spring roll with minimal filling - this is a bumper roll packed with haggis served on a bed of tomato and chilli jam. It had crunch, perfectly spiced haggis that balanced with the sweetness of the jam. A perfect starter for two to share and ever so easy on the eye.
For main, I had the Summer Truffle Gnocchi with pea puree, sundried tomatoes, aged beetroot, charred broccoli, pickled onions and pea shoot salad. Hands down the best Gnocchi I’ve ever had. Musa’s Gnocchi is light and absorbs the tastes of its vibrantly coloured plate mates creating a substantial but refreshing eat.
Hannah had the Lamb Rump which was an absolute bargain this being on the ARW menu, usually priced at £22 alone. The lamb was a dream which melted in your mouth and was served with the right amount of candied sweet bread, potato press, charred broccoli giving you a hearty plate to work through.
Now to dessert. I’m not often one for Lemon Meringue but the Musa twist to our previous courses made me intrigued to see what would arrive to our table - safe to say chef nailed this one and was my show stopper. A tower of citrus filling topped with the right amount of meringue on thin pastry accompanied by a smooth raspberry jelly and sorbet - a dream of textures and tastes. A perfect take on the well known dessert and was out of this world (sorry mum).
The good, the bad, the ugly - vibes are vital to me when I’m eating anywhere and Musa has my name all over it. A unique space with quirky features and elements only adding to the experience.
There’s nothing I hate more than standing out like a sore thumb in a posh joint but Musa have the best of both worlds - you can expect five star food here but served, delivered and enjoyed in a laid back atmosphere.
Musa oozes culture and you're in the prime location for exploring around the city centre to up those levels. Just a few steps roon the neuk, you’ll find the green to act as one of your starting points for Nuart. Walk off your meal with a post dine gander or work up an appetite to finish off with a rewarding Musa meal.
That takes us to the end of my review and all I can say is - if Musa isn’t on your hit list for ARW get booked in and you won’t be disappointed.