Aberdeen Restaurant Week is just around the corner which means it’s time to start the tricky task of deciding which restaurants to go to and with 48 to choose from it’s hard to pick! Whether it’s two courses at lunchtime for £10 that takes your fancy or a three-course dinner for only £20, here are some highlights of Aberdeen Restaurant Week that you might have overlooked.
Tucked away behind Union Street on Langstane Place is The Spiritualist. This cosy bar and restaurant is offering both a lunch and dinner menu with options for vegans, carnivores and everything in between. They work hard to use fresh, local ingredients that give the menu that extra special feel.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Spiritualist Sundae sounds amazing, ice cream piled high with meringue pieces and a berry compote or I’m intrigued by the vegan berry jelly as it’s not often you get jelly as a vegan dessert option.
For those missing summer, a visit to Café Andaluz will transport you straight to the Spanish sunshine without the hassle of packing your suitcase! Both the lunch and dinner menu give you a choice of their many different tapas dishes so now might be the time to try something new! You can’t go wrong with the patatas bravas, fried potatoes covered in a spicy tomato sauce or the pollo marinado, which is chicken marinated in lemon and paprika. For dessert there’s nothing more Spanish than freshly made Churros con Chocolate or fried doughnut sticks with a hot chocolate dipping sauce.
A classic pub with a focus on craft beer The Hop & Anchor is using restaurant week to show that they know more than just beer. They have a great choice of food including the Smokeburger which has smoked cheese, smoked mayo and smoked streaky bacon to give you that smoky fix. The starter that caught my eye was the fried jerk halloumi fingers, something a bit different to your standard halloumi fries.
To show off a different side, Hop & Anchor are going vegan for their £20 dinner menu. To ‘Save the Planet One Burger at a Time!’, try the beyond meat burger which is topped with vegan gouda or if that’s not your thing the smoked tofu, sweet potato and spinach pie is another tasty option.
With 12 draft lines, 10 kegs and 2 casks, you have to have a beer while you are there. With their £20 dinner menu a beer flight is included with your three courses, giving you the perfect opportunity to give one a go.
Why not try a pint of Victory which is the house lager or the Sierra Nevada, a pale ale?