This week I had the opportunity to sample some of the restaurants participating in Aberdeen Restaurant Week 2018 Part 2. With over 40 restaurants, £10 lunches and £20 three course dinners, you need to get involved. Luckily, myself and the other ARW Bloggers are reviewing all the menus to make your choice easier from the 3rd to the 9th September.
On Wednesday, I tried out the Pigs Wings for the first time, to preview their Aberdeen Restaurant Week lunch menu. Situated on Upperkirkgate, it is in a great up and coming area in the city centre. With Marschial Square across the road you could pop in for an ice cream at Mackies 19.2, although I can guarantee you will be filled to the brim with The Pigs Wings offerings. For an after-dinner drink, head round the corner to Brewdog.
The Pigs Wings has a great urban, modern feel with exposed brick wall and wooden tables. The music was also noticeably good. There are a few tables to eat in but as many did when we were there, it is also great takeaway option.
We arrived at the Pigs Wings and were greeted by the owner, Marcos, who explained the menu well and also provided us with recommendations. I love the story behind the restaurant. Marcos was made redundant from the oil industry two years ago. He came up with the name 'Pigs with Wings' and the concept followed. He initially envisaged a pop-up van selling his pigs and wings and this idea developed into their city centre restaurant. Two years later, himself and two others have opened Marcos' dream and it's such a great addition to Aberdeen's local food scene. One of my favourite things about the place is that all sauces are made fresh on the premises- no bottled sauces here. The Dulce De Leche sauce for the churros was unbelievable, but there is a whole range of savoury sauces to make your way through, too.
The Pigs Wings is open from 11am all the way through to 8pm so you can grab lunch or dinner.
The Pigs Wings menu unsurprisingly predominantly features pork and chicken. Their main feature is the subs- and you can't miss these. However, for those not fancying something so heavy, their signature pulled pork, falafel or schnitzel chicken can be made into a salad. There are also sides such as wedges and chicken wings and the tastiest part for me: the churros.
I was advised by Marcos that they cater for vegans with their falafel sub which uses vegan mayo but there are also plans to branch out on this side of things and include some more interesting vegan options. If anyone saw the Mexican Corn they featured at Aberdeen Inspired Nights, you'll know what to expect.
The ARW menu is the same as their regular menu. For lunch, pick a sub; side and drink. For dinner, pick a sub; side; drink and get churros! Believe me when I say that you get so much food for your money. If you're a big eater, come here.
Also worth noting is they will be offering student discount!
We had the Classic Hog; A huge sub roll overspilling with shredded roast pork, sweet apple sauce and crunchy pork crackling. It was so, so good! We also had The Schnizzle; filled with crispy coated chicken, coleslaw and homemade tomato sauce and olive oil mayo. Equally as delicious, probably even better than the classic. On the side we had Wedges with homemade BBQ sauce. The wedges were heavily seasoned and smothered in the sweet BBQ sauce- so delicious. Next time I go I really want to try the Kraftwurst and the cheese sauce on the wedges.
I will not go back to The Pigs Wings without always having the churros. Freshly made right in front of you, coated in sugar and served with the most amazing homemade Dulce De Leche, they were incredible! If you fancy another sauce, they can also be served with Cocoa Ooze white or milk chocolate dip.
Pigs With Wings is an amazing addition to the Aberdeen restaurant scene and their street food style offerings will make you keep coming back for more- I know I will be a regular!