Sunday, 12 March 2017

Cognito Deli: Aberdeen's latest foodie hot spot

I'm a bit of a creature of habit, especially when I find somewhere which ticks all the boxes. Funky interiors, a great food menu, a comfortable setting, friendly, knowledgeable staff and most importantly, an extensive gin list.

Opening a few months ago just down the road from the flat, I've frequented to Cognito Deli one too many times. If and when a loyalty card becomes available, I'll be first in line. What attracted me initially to Cognito Deli was it's stunning interior design, as well as its menu concept which is great if you're looking for foods to share. The added bonus of it's impressive gin selection is well, just that, a massive bonus.

Using locally sourced foods and making its own homemade breads in house, there's something to suit all tastes be that for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Whether you're a fan of the Instagrammable bruschetta's, the picture perfect meats and cheese boards, or the oh-so-gooey Cognito melting pot, I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. Having visited a few times now, I'd like to say I'm quite familiar with the menu having tried various dishes.

With the gin trend growing increasingly popular, the eatery has cleverly jumped on the band wagon and has incorporated gin flights into their drinks menu. From Scottish gins, to gins hailing from around the world the knowledgeable team can guide you through the menu and find the perfect tipple for you.

All of the gin flights available include three gins and a premium tonic flavour of your choice. The Junior Jet Club costs £11 and the Mile High Club is priced at £14. Cognito Deli also has its Cognito's Choice, which is a 50ml serving of your favourite gin in a goblet glass with a premium tonic water flavour of your choosing. All of the gins are served with delicious garnishes to compliment the flavour.

Admittedly, I've tried multiple gins on the menu, always sampling a new one every time I'm there. Unless it's first thing in the morning for breakfast, I don't want the other locals talking about me. There's also a vast drinks menu available featuring everything including prosecco, wine (red/white/rosé), Scottish craft beers, beers, cider, other spirits and an array of soft drinks and hot drinks too.

Turning attention back to the food offering, must have dishes are without a doubt the melting cheese pot and the bruschetta's. Featuring a mix of the deli's cheeses, served melted fondue style with warm bread and focaccia, I can't even begin to describe how good this dish is. Another winner, the bruschetta is great I especially like the fresh tomato and basil with shaved serrano ham option. Big enough to share I'd get one of each and split it with someone else. If there's a big group of you grab a few different bruschetta's, a cheese board, a meat board and a melting pot. It's guaranteed to fill you up. They've also got a great selection of open sandwiches and their brunch menu is pretty envious too.

If it's just a cake and coffee you're looking for, then I've got good news. The tea's and coffee's come with the cutest (and most delicious) wee empire biscuit. I'd pay a visit just for one of those without a doubt. The eatery also boasts some great cakes which are perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Most of their desserts and cakes are from Highland Patisserie, and boy are they tasty.

As well as offering the perfect pit stop to refuel, or indulge in a new gin or two, the deli also has a great selection of local artisan food and drink products you can purchase to take home. From a wide selection of gin bottles, to locally sourced eggs, to sauces and condiments, it showcases a real taste of Scotland, allowing customers to pick up bits and bobs at their convenience. 
If you haven't already popped in to this awesome gem then you absolutely must. It's a pretty busy wee place so I'd recommend booking ahead to ensure you can get a seat. There are sometimes restrictions on how long you can reserve the table for, but give the staff a call I'm sure they will do everything they can to accommodate your needs. The team are awesome and boast great knowledge of the food and drink they have on offer.

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Just Julia



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