With the announcement that 10 Dollar Shake would be taking over the former Enigma space in Aberdeen's Academy shopping centre, whoops of joy echoed throughout the city. They did in my head anyway! These crafty cocktail connoisseurs have a passion and talent unrivaled by anyone in the area and I couldn't wait to see what they'd come up with. It didn't take long... first up - Bos'n!
The upstairs of Enigma has been transformed into an upcycled heaven of a pop-up bar, serving up classic Latin American cocktails - think daquiries, caipirinhas, margharitas... they've stocked up on their rum and tequila!
My first taste was the "Brazilian passion" - a deliciously creamy passionfruit concoction recommended by the friendly, attentive waitress. All the staff are more than welcoming and we felt right at home. So much so that Gordon was determined we should just book a hotel and stay for the night! (We didn't, this time.)
Eat Beetroot are taking care of the kitchen at Bos'n and doing a pretty fine job! Their charcoal cooked meat and seafood restaurant The Adelphi Kitchen has been a huge hit since opening this year and together with 10 Dollar Shake they have the perfect formula for success. I wonder if they'd do my wedding together... I digress. Bos'n has a tapas style menu of modern Mexican cuisine that I was more than ready to dive into...
Pao de Queijo (Beef sliders)
Lamb Quesadillas - Yogurt - Lime
Crispy Goats Cheese & Red Pepper Roll
Chicken Curry Skewers - Special K
All the food was amazing but the lamb quesadillas were definitely my favourite - I'm literally drooling just looking at the photos!
It's easy to emerge yourself in World Cup fever at Bos'n - tuck into Latin American inspired snacks and get into the carnival spirit with a slushy Tommy's Margharita or Zombie cocktail in a Tiki mug. We'll definitely be trying these next time! But a cold beer and a unique papaya flavoured margharita were the grand finale for us on this occasion.
Nobody seems to know how long this bar will be "popping up" for so make the most of it while you can.
We are "Bos'n" to see what 10 Dollar Shake come up with for part 2 of their Enigma transformation!