Sitting in the newly remodelled Siberia, in Belmont Street, as Aberdeen lined up to play Kilmarnock at Pittodrie, I wondered where everyone was disappearing to – plenty were entering but the long, narrow bar and restaurant simply wasn’t getting packed out! A quick recce to the very back of the premises revealed a sizeable patio area, full of folk having a great time in the sun, complete with a view of Union Terrace Gardens in the distance. No wonder it’s where everyone was flocking to for drinks and food on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
However, there were plenty of diners and drinkers inside, too. Like us, they were looking for a tasty weekend treat, whilst the football was on. We kicked our meal off with two very interesting starters - a Trio of Bons Bons; Haggis, Black and Mealie, plus Buffalo Cauliflower with Louisiana Hot Sauce. Cauliflower florets were deep-fried in a light, crisp batter, whilst the bon bons were similarly crispy and very flavoursome. Cajun-coated Halloumi sticks were also an option, as well as a delicious sounding Cullen Skink served with focaccia bun.
Then AFC were red carded in the 4th minute of play at Pittodrie. Luckily, my Dons-mad dining companion had hold of what he called “A very acceptable house red” by then.
Needing comforting, he then went for Loaded Mac ’n’ cheese - Black pudding & haggis with a parmesan crumb served with garlic bread & side salad. (There is a vegetarian Mac option available). Because, apparently, you can never have too much oatmeal-based food when your team’s being gubbed at home. In fact, his Loaded Mac looked gorgeous and was, he said, full of subtle cheese flavours that allowed the black pudding flavours to come through. Just as well because Kilmarnock went on to score twice in the second half whilst I occupied myself with a really high class burger – beautifully meaty and teamed with sun-dried tomato, parma ham and mozzarella. Broccoli and Beetroot Skewers looked tasty, too.
I finished off with a Peanut Butter and Banana Sundae purely in the interests of research. (You’re welcome.) It was sweet, sticky and creamy – but with just enough banana to convince me I was getting one of my Five-A-Day! All in all, a “back of the net” end to a Saturday fixture at Siberia which will see us coming back for a re-match. Don’t miss your chance to score from their Aberdeen Inspired Restaurant Week Menu. With not a Killie pie in sight. Luckily.