Sunday, 8 June 2014

The Albyn

Topman denim shirt // New Look cami // Primark leather look trousers (had 2 pairs & both split, don't buy em girls!) // Dorothy Perkins boots // Prada bag // Tiffany & Co jewellery

Last week Gordon and I decided to treat ourselves to a big slap up lunch to celebrate the local holiday. Any excuse eh? After browsing trip advisor and various menus online, getting annoyed at the amount of restaurants that don't open on a Monday (why?!), we eventually decided on the Albyn. We've driven past the lively beer garden of the Albyn many times but never ventured in so this sunny Monday seemed like the perfect time. 

We were slightly disappointed to realise that the full menu isn't available outside. Gordon had his heart set on steak so we had to move indoors. Inside the bar is just as stylish although it felt a little dark and dingy after being out in the bright sunshine (not good for food photos! ;) ) and didn't have the same buzz as the busy terrace. The restaurant was quiet and we were sat all alone, bar a few business types in the corner. Our disappointment was quickly forgotten though with the arrival of cocktails...

Or mine was anyway... The Albyn Garden Martini was refreshing and sweet, just how I like it!

Gordon perked up when the food came...

We started with the "bento box" - basically a choice of 3 starters with salad and dipping sauce to share. Ours was made up of deep fried halloumi, haggis and black pudding bon bons and the most amazing Malaysian satay chicken skewers! Just the right balance of nutty and spicy. These were ridiculously good, so much so that I'll be having them as a main course next time!

The menu at the Albyn (indoors anyway!) is huge and I took ages to decide. Eventually I went for the coconut chicken, as recommended by the very helpful waiter. Chicken breast coated in coconut, on top of a caramelised banana in a curry sauce... holy moly! This dish sounds like it'd be quite sweet and could so easily go wrong, but again they've got the mix of flavours just right! I'd highly recommend it! 

Next up for Gordon was a fillet steak on the stone. The chefs start off your steak in the kitchen and you finish it yourself on a hot stone at the table, so it's exactly how you like it. Well worth the move inside I'd say. 

Just look at that piece of meat! The steaks alright too... (Sorry, not sorry).

They serve the steak with a giant plate of chips and, Gordon also asked for the "tower" of fried onions. I'd expected this to be a few onion rings stacked on a stick, but what actually arrived was literally a tower of fried onions. A whole full sized bloody plate full! I helped him out with these, it'd be rude not to.

Another cocktail down (cosmopolitans are not their forte...) and we moved onto dessert. Really I should of stopped at the main course but I never realise this until it's too late. When will I learn? The Pimms Eton Mess was too intriguing to refuse. 

They really like to stack things up at the Albyn! A giant bowl of cream, strawberries, meringue and what I presume was the "Pimms" at the bottom was presented to me. Mostly it was just cream though and I didn't taste anything Pimms about it at all. It wasn't bad but I'd just expected more. Gordon's pudding however was epic! The sticky toffee sundae was a mountain of ice cream, toffee popcorn and bits of sticky toffee pudding all covered in a toffee sauce... how many times can you say "toffee" in one sentence?

Feeling suitably stuffed, with food babies on show we retired to the garden for one last cocktail. Despite a couple of hiccups we enjoyed our meal at the Albyn and will be back for more.

You'll find the Albyn at 11 Albyn Place, just off the top of Union Street in Aberdeen. You can pop in for a bite to eat, a girly catch up over cocktails or you can even enjoy live music at the weekends!

Have you ever eaten at The Albyn?

Christy xx

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