On Friday night we went to Native which is located in the Hilton Garden Inn in St Andrews Street. Being pretty discerning foodies we resisted temptation to check it out before hand so we really had no idea of what to expect. What we found was a restaurant that offers delightful, well thought out, simple, classy modern dishes that are cooked beautifully by Head Chef Miguel and his multi-national kitchen brigade.
The location is smart and the service was genuinely warm and attentive. Assistant Manager, Andre gave us a warm welcome and was happy to chat about his passion for the restaurant and their first foray into Aberdeen Restaurant Week.
Head Chef Miguel, who hails from Seville, came out to say hello and explained the inspiration for his menu comes his love of both his home country, Spain, where they treat food with in an uncomplicated and respectful way and his second home Scotland which he feels offers some of the best ingredients in the world. He selects simple seasonal ingredients that speak for themselves and blends the flavours of both counties together and presents dishes in a way that can only be described as delightfully delicious.
The Aberdeen Restaurant Week menu offered by Native gives diners a great choice of dishes that will be prepared and presented to your table so beautifully that you’ll be reaching for your smart phone to snap some shots whilst at the same time secretly salivating over what’s just been served up.
For starters we tasted Halibut with kataifi pastry and scallop sauce and cooked and pressed Port Belly with creamy mash, pomegranate and braised jus. Textures, colours and tastes that were delicious in both dishes.
Our main courses of Breaded monkfish rolled with squid ink and served on saffron potatoes with baby broccoli, cashew kernels, poppy seeds and sweet lemon gel and Chorizo stuffed Pork Fillet with creamy savoy cabbage , turnip , caramelised apple and mustard sauce were equally mouth watering.
Dessert for me was Sweet pearls, a tapioca with coconut milk, mango puree and strawberry coulis whilst my fellow diner chose very wisely and washed it all down with a White chocolate bombe which is a bit of a show stopper, both in terms flavour and presentation.
All you really need to know is that a visit to Native simply won’t disappoint on any front. The menu is good, fresh and modern and the team behind this little gem should be proud of what they dish up, we will certainly be going back.