Our son invited his girlfriend to our home in Aberdeen to meet the family for the first time and tour the area.
Luckily the weather was good and we took her to one of our favorite tourist spots, Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven.
We walked along the edge of the cliff enjoying the magnificent sea views as the sun shimmered on the waters lapping the shore.
The dramatic cliffs and fortress ruins were the perfect photo backdrop and we ended our morning with a delicious ice cream from Giulianotti’s in the town square.
No. 10 Bar and Restaurant
All that fresh air and exercise had worked up an appetite for us, so we were glad we booked a seat at Bar & Restaurant #10 that night.
I’ve seen so many Instagram posts featuring their roast dinner recently and I was so keen to try it.
My son and girlfriend are both vegan and we were delighted to see that #10 has a separate vegan menu.
With all the Covid marquees now gone from outside the venue, we descended the stairs to No 10 and our eyes had to adjust from the bright sunshine outside to the dimly lit basement restaurant below .
There is a stylish bar on the left side but we went straight to our table in the restaurant.
For Sunday tea time it was relatively busy, with young families and couples scattered around the room. A group of young women arrived fully dressed and headed for the restaurant’s private dining room.
They quickly closed the blinds, so I don’t know what the occasion was, but we saw balloons decorating the room.
Decor is modern and relaxed; dark green leather seating with dark wood tables and chairs sits on contemporary herringbone wood flooring. An exposed brick wall runs along one side of the room and in front of this is an open prep area for wait staff while leather covered booths adorn the other walls.
A young waiter offered to take our drink order and handed out menus. As the weather was nice outside, a few of us fancied a cocktail and asked for the cocktail menu as well as the vegan menu.
The bar has a delicious menu of varied cocktails and the waiter said they can do any of the classic cocktails as well. So I ordered my favorite Aperol Spritz while others enjoyed the “Ten Times Ten” made with Tanqueray #10, kwai fei, mango, charred rosemary and lime; everything went down a treat.
The menus have a wide choice with the entree offering of Scottish royal scallops, smoked cheddar and leek and crab croquettes and apple curry all equally mouth-watering.
In the end, I opted for the Chilli Garlic Shrimp with Mediterranean Bread from The Bread Guy, and we also ordered a Crispy Tofu Hoisin Noodle and a Smoked Garlic Paprika Hummus from the vegan menu. .
My prawns were fabulous, giving me a Spanish holiday vibe while enjoying tapas by the beach. They had just the right amount of spice and the bread was perfect for mopping up the sauce.
The two vegan entrees were elegantly presented on rectangular plates. The cucumber dish was declared ‘good’ with a bit too much cucumber to hummus ratio and no roquito peppers mentioned on the menu. The noodle dish was superb with bok choi, bean sprouts, peppers and tofu coated in hoisin sauce. Crispy noodles on top added crunch to the dish.
There’s also a great choice of mouth-watering mains, with sections for salads, grilled meats and fish, as well as more traditional dishes. My Ultimate Sunday Roast dinner should have arrived with a bang, I was so excited about it!
Served on a large wooden board, it really had the wow factor. I chose the Scottish Prime Rib Roast as a nice change from my usual chicken. This was served with about five roast potatoes, roast parsnips and carrots, two Yorkshire puddings and my favorite ingredient skirlie.
The beef was tender and juicy and I loved the miniature pot of red wine juice to pour – a dish triumph.
There are also mouth-watering sides on the menu; maple-glazed pigs in blankets, parmesan cauliflower or even a macaroni and cheese that would be ideal for sharing.
My husband loved his cider roast pork belly with spring onion puree. The pork had the perfect crispy skin, but the piece de resistance was the mustard vinaigrette with white wine and hazelnuts which merged all the delicious flavors of this dish.
Across the table, grilled shwarma skewers with red onions and peppers looked like a delicious summer dish served with rice, pita bread and a garlic and chilli sauce that certainly packed a punch. .
The Mediterranean vegetable enchiladas didn’t fare as well with the fairly small enchiladas, and the avocado salad could have come with a dressing to liven it up a bit.
We sat back and relaxed, commenting on how busy the place was for a Sunday evening. Unusual for me, I declined a dessert as I was so full, but my husband can’t get past a panna cotta, while a vegan hot chocolate cake and salted caramel ice cream was shared on the table.
The fudge cake could have been slightly warmer, but it oozed a rich, velvety sauce and was polished off in no time. Perhaps the dish of the night was the coconut rum panna cotta with exotic fruit salad and crushed meringue – like summer on a plate.
The creamy and sweet panna cotta had the “perfect swing” and was surrounded by tropical pineapple, mango and passion fruit and crushed meringue. I was only supposed to have a taste, but ended up having almost half of this Italian delight.
The service was skilful and professional from the young waiter, but he seemed serious enough; maybe a little chat would have been more welcoming.
It’s great then see that the n°10 changes its menu according to the seasons with fresh and local products. The standard of food is well above the usual pub grub with an interesting twist on many dishes.
What a great end to a great weekend of sunshine and sightseeing in the northeast.
Address: No.10 Bar & Restaurant, 10 Queens Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1XL
P: 01224 631928
Price: £140 for three starters, four mains, two desserts, three cocktails and a beer
- Food 4/5
- Service 4/5
- Atmosphere 4/5
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