I don't know about you, but I love a good date night. We tend to go for a meal at a restaurant of my choice (cause
I know the best spots I'm bossy AF!) usually followed by a movie, live band or cocktail bar. This month's date night was a little different - for Christmas, Gordon had got me tickets to see Breakfast at Tiffany's at His Majesty's Theatre! We don't often go to the theatre in Aberdeen, but Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my all time favourite movies/books so it was a special treat for me that needed a special treat of a pre-theatre dinner, so a table at No 10 was booked!
I'd heard nothing but good things about the recently refurbished west end bar and restaurant. Situated at No 10 Queens Terrace, the basement restaurant boasts a stylish, high end interior of exposed granite and dark wood and leather furnishings. Pages of sheet music line one wall, with a sleek black piano taking pride of place against it. Even the monochrome bathroom styling is on point! The space is much larger than I had anticipated, with a lively bar greeting you at the entrance and flowing into the quieter restaurant area. Despite food being served all day we were among the first diners to arrive fairly early at 5.30pm on a Saturday. The tables around us quickly filled up as the evening went on.
I skipped the starters personally - having already scoped out the dessert menu, I was saving myself for that! I did however break my 8 week dry spell and enjoyed a fruity little peach bellini from the cocktail menu. Gordon is always drawn by anything with black pudding and so he couldn't resist ordering the haggis and stornoway black pudding croquette. The rich flavours were complimented by the sweetness of the root vegetable crisps and apple and was the perfect opening to the meal!
Next up for him was the beer battered haddock, served with perfectly cooked chunky chips and a very strong but delicious homemade tartare sauce! Of course, anything peanut flavoured will always get my vote so the chargrilled chicken satay was perfect for me. It was divine. A huge piece of chargrilled chicken, with chunky roasted veg and saffron rice, smothered in a tasty satay sauce, with just a hint of spice and a little tang from the spring onion. The coconut added an unusual aspect to what would otherwise be just an everyday side salad. Judging by the tables around us, the chicken satay is one of No 10's most popular signature dishes!
The dessert menu at No 10 is definitely one of the main attractions. Hello peanut butter brittle cheesecake! I love cheesecake (and peanut butter!) but unfortunately it doesn't love me. The idea of sitting through a whole play with a sore tummy made me opt for the equally amazing white chocolate and cardamom crème brulee instead. It was served with these lovely little almond biscuits which were ideal for dunking! Luckily, my other half stepped up, forgoing his usual sticky toffee pudding so that I could sample his cheesecake - I knew there was a reason I'm marrying him! My only qualm is that I prefer a thicker, crunchier biscuit base - other than that, perfection! And that banana ice cream...!
Have you ever dined at No 10?