With so many restaurants and eateries taking part in Aberdeen Restaurant Week it can be hard to make a choice! Why not have a browse through some of our reviews for November 2021 to get some further insight into what is on offer. We work with a team of social ambassadors, DCT journalists and the team at ARW to try out as many of the dishes on offer as we can and you can read and see some of our thoughts below! Please also check out our social channels for more pictures and stories of foodie adventures!
Mac's Pizzeria - Review by Aberdeen Inspired
With so many restaurants taking part in Aberdeen Restaurant Week it can be hard to choose where to go – but I’m a sucker for a pizza so Mac's Pizzeria was top of the list. We headed there on a chilly weeknight and grabbed a seat in the vibrant, relaxed restaurant. As we were both driving, we were delighted to be offered some mocktails to start, I enjoyed a ‘porn star’ and my friend opted for a mojito, both of which were delicious. Mac's are offering a great deal of a starter and main for £12. For our starters, I chose the stuffed doughballs which were so good – lovely garlicy cheese mouthfuls of soft dough, what more could you want. My friend tried the classic bruschetta which was also great with really fresh ingredients.
Now on to the main event – the pizza! I am a little bit of a creature of habit when it comes to pizzas, but decided to try something different and asked for Zucca E Spinaci (although was kindly permitted to swap out the white base for a classic tomato). Including mozzarella and gorgonzola, along with honeyed butternut squash, spinach and crunchy walnuts, this is definitely an unusual pizza but I really enjoyed the flavour combinations and will be ordering again for sure. My friend opted for the Macs Signature Pizza featuring black pudding and haggis – again this was something she wouldn’t normally try but it was very much enjoyed although quite heavy so she took the last few slices home in a box. By this point the restaurant was packed and a quiz night was just starting, we were tempted to stay but feeling sleepy after so much food we headed off after a quick visit to the prettiest bathrooms in town!!
Highly recommend Mac's for a meal during ARW – for more information on their menu, click here.
Kin Kao Thai - Review from Waffling On About Food
One of the things we love most about ARW is trying out places we haven’t been before. This year we headed along to Kin Kao Thai on Union Street. For restaurant week they are running a £10 2 course lunch menu and a £20 evening dinner menu. The menu has the perfect amount of variety and will certainly have something to tickle your fancy!
The service was lovely with a very welcoming and attentive team, and despite a power cut in the middle of service still pulled of a seamless dining experience!
To start with wee ordered:
Tord Mun Pla, lightly spiced Thai fishcakes served with a sweet and sour sauce. The texture of the fishcakes was fantastic.
Tord Man Khao Phod, crispy sweetcorn cakes served with a chilli sauce. These were also absolutely delicious and had a super crunchy texture and had been fried to perfection.
For our main courses we chose:
Gaeng Kiew Wan, a thai green curry with aubergine and chicken. Wow did this pack a punch. With a healthy kick of spice and a rich creaminess from the coconut it was the perfect match!
Pad Thai, delicious rice noodles with a sweet tamarind sauce, topped with chicken and tofu. There was a lovely rich flavour from the charred tofu and chicken combined with the creamy peanuts.
We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and for £10 it was an absolute bargain, we were both completely stuffed and very satisfied. You should absolutely check out Kin Kao Thai for restaurant week. We will definitely be heading back soon to order some more Pad Thai! Book in quick to save missing out on a fantastic meal!
Kin Kao Thai - Review from Aberdeen Inspired
After reading about Waffling on about Food’s great experience in Kin Koh Thai, I couldn’t resist a visit myself to snap up the ARW deal before it finishes on Sunday. Meeting a friend for a good natter, we grabbed a seat in the airy restaurant and it didn’t take long for us to pick our dishes. As two vegetarians it was great to see all the main dishes were available as both vegetarian or meat based so we had the choice of the whole menu. We didn’t hesitate at both ordering a classic tofu and vegetable Pad Thai, with my friend ordering the sweetcorn cakes, and I asked for the spring rolls. All the dishes were brought out together which suited us fine and everything was delicious. The food was very fresh, the tofu in the mains was particularly well cooked and juicy and couldn’t be faulted. I would never have considered this restaurant before ARW but I will definitely be heading back here sometime soon!
For more information on Kin Koh Thai, please visit their ARW page here.
Kin Kao Thai
Ferryhill House Hotel - Review from Aberdeen Inspired
The Ferryhill House Hotel is a lovely venue (to stay and eat at!) and only a 10 minute walk from my home so I decided Aberdeen Restaurant Week was the perfect opportunity to dine there. We opted for the 2 courses for £20 dinner, however there is the option of £25 for three courses. We both opted for the black pepper and herb sole goujons - it was such a large portion I had trouble finishing it off! Not normally a fish lover I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious this main was. Even though the main was so filling there is always room for dessert! I ordered the sticky toffee pudding and my friend ordered the pear & peach crumble - both really delicious and hit the spot & was a perfectly sized portion. The staff were super friendly and service was speedy - I would definitely recommend The Ferryhill House Hotel for ARW!
The Globe Inn - Review from Aberdeen Inspired
The Globe has been around for years but was taken over by private owners in November 2018 and has completely transformed since I was last there! Lovely cosy décor and an appetizing menu, with various special offers for Aberdeen Restaurant Week so it was an ideal opportunity to give it a try. We popped in for a 2-course lunch for £10. We both enjoyed the buffalo cauliflower wings, a vegan alternative, with either sweet and sticky maple BBQ or Louisiana hot sauce. These came in a huge portion and the batter was light and not too greasy, with tasty toppings. They would easily have been enough for a lunch, but onto the mains! I selected the grilled halloumi open sandwich which was delicious – was pleased the halloumi was cooked perfectly and the sweet roasted red peppers it was topped with went perfectly, along with really fresh sourdough toast. My friend opted for Mac and Cheese, which he polished off no problem, noting it was really tasty. A few desserts were on offer too but we were stuffed by then! Service was friendly and prompt, making it ideal for a quick working lunch, but could also happily have a leisurely meal there in the comfortable surroundings. Would definitely recommend The Globe Inn for a meal this ARW or any time.
For more details please The Globe's ARW page here.
The Globe Inn
Amarone - Review by Aberdeen Inspired
Amarone is a very well know and liked traditional local Italian restaurant that has recently been refurbished and is in excellent condition. The interior is spacious and striking and very comfortable indeed. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and staff were very helpful and attentive throughout. The ARW menu is based on traditional Italian favourites, all to a very high standard. You have the choice of two courses at lunch time and we kicked off with the minestrone and bruschetta which were very generous starters and extremely tasty. The rigatoni was an intriguing mixture of tradition with added chilli. A real treat. If you are in town, this is a lovely venue, on the main street, but well worth a visit. The venue is very popular so best book in advance and let them know you want the ARW menu when booking!
The Stag - Review by Aberdeen Inspired
The Stag is a very well known and liked traditional local public house with a loyal and friendly clientele. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the surroundings very clean and comfortable. Staff were welcoming and very helpful and attentive throughout. The ARW menu is based on traditional favourites with the Stag’s own unique take on these dishes. The Cullen Skink is a great starter on a cold day and we followed this us with stovies and the meatless burger, both of which were excellent. If you are in town, this is a great value for money offer to heat you as the days get colder.
The Globe Inn - Review by Innes Walker
The Globe is a very well know and liked traditional local public house and lounge, located next door to the newly opened and outstanding ‘Under the Hammer’. The Globe is spacious and striking. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the surroundings very clean and comfortable. Staff were welcoming and very helpful and attentive throughout. The ARW menu is based on traditional favourites with some more contemporary dishes included in the mix. You have the choice of two courses at lunch time so those with sweet and savoury tastes will get what they want. The tempura cauliflower in hot Louisiana sauce (sticky BBQ also available) was a very generous starter on a cold day, as was the vegetable and coriander soup. We followed this up with the Caesar chicken wraps which came with crisps and salad, which were excellent. If you are in town, this is a lovely venue, slightly off the main street, but well worth a two minute walk for great food and an outstanding venue.
The Globe Inn
The Ashvale - Review from Aberdeen Inspired
The Ashvale has been an Aberdeen institution for nearly forty years and in the fickle restaurant industry such longevity is surely worthy of a letter from the queen. For Aberdeen Restaurant Week The Ashvale is offering a fixed price £20 dinner and £10 lunch menu with all the favourites. We ordered the Haggis Bon Bons to start, with lovely light and crispy batter, the Haddock Supper (what else!) again arriving at our table piping hot and crispy with deliciously fresh flaky fish and I finished my meal with a generous portion of sticky toffee pudding while my husband tried to hold on to his Knickerbocker Glory as the kids eyed it with intent. You really cannot beat a visit to The Ashvale for a “proper” fish supper. Traditional salt- shakers, malt vinegar glass bottles and tartar sauce in abundance (no extra charge) ready on the table and a warm and friendly welcome from staff, some who have worked in the business for almost as long as it has been running. The Kids Menu did not disappoint either, with our youngest declaring hers the best cheeseburger she’s ever had! Kids ice cream (so many flavours) is served with mini tubs of toppings – another hit. Both kids took to the colouring-in competition proudly handing in their entries on departure. It was good to see the restaurant so busy and my husband enjoyed the nostalgic photos of the Aberdeen of his youth - queues outside Arnotts!! lining the walls. All in all, a great family restaurant well worth a visit. Our bill without drinks came in at £56 for a family of four, with two dining on the ARW menu.
For more information on The Ashvale, please visit their ARW page here.
Da Vinci Italian Restaurant - Review from Aberdeen Inspired
Da Vinci’s is in a lovely secluded setting and the interior is cosy and comfortable but with plenty of room. The ARW menu is versatile with all you would want from an Italian Restaurant. Staff were busy but very friendly and helpful all evening. The bruschettine pomodoro and polenta were very tasty starters and really wet the appetite for the main course. I had the home made lasagne which was excellent, tasty, but not too heavy as this dish can often be. My guests enjoyed the tagliatelle and the home made meatballs with tomato sauce and roast potatoes. The tiramisu and panna cotta did not disappoint and we treated ourselves to coffee liqueurs to finish off. Great food, great surroundings and attentive friendly staff. This is not to be missed.
For more information on Da Vinci please visit their ARW page here.
Kirkview Cafe - Review from Aberdeen Inspired
For ARW lunch this year the Kirkview Café is offering the choice of two tapas dishes (usually priced at £6 each) and a dessert for only £10, which is excellent value for money. This venue was comfortable and cosy and we enjoyed the calamari, chicken fajita and fried chicken, all of which were excellent. The sticky toffee pudding and vanilla cheesecake also hit the mark to make a very enjoyable but slightly indulgent lunch. This is well worth checking out for ARW!
The Station Hotel has been recently refurbished and is a clean, comfortable and very relaxing venue. The £10 menu covers afternoon tea and light bites and is very good value for money. From the latter we enjoyed the excellent chicken broth followed by the salmon bagel and the cheese and pickle sandwich. I really nice light lunch at a reasonable price. The afternoon tea menu looks superb too. For more information on The Brasserie please visit their ARW page here.