Sunday, 28 January 2018

Aberdeen Restaurant Week - The Boozy Cow: Review (Aberdeen)

I don't know if you've ever seen it, but Boozy Cow runs this cool wee campaign #CheatYoSelf. Basically, they pick two names per day and if your name appears on their social media on said day, you can go and treat yourself to a BC burger for just £1. If you miss the day your name appears then you get a second chance that week to enjoy a burger for £1 by heading along on the Sunday. Pretty cool, right?

So you can imagine when 'Julia' and 'Calum' appeared in the same week, that we were already conducting plans to visit on the Sunday to take advantage of our £1 burgers.

Heading along mid-afternoon, we made ourselves comfortable in one of the booths and got picking what we fancied.

We ordered some water for the table, and Calum ordered himself a soft drink too. Our server explained how the deal worked and told us we could order extra toppings for the classic BC burger if we wanted at an extra charge of 50p per topping.

Participating in Aberdeen Restaurant Week, I also saw this as a great opportunity to showcase what the Boozy Cow has on offer.
If you've never visited before, Boozy Cow is a grunge-style bar/restaurant which specialises in dirty burgers and dirty dogs.

The food is all served on metal trays which are designed to be shared, and there's a roll of kitchen roll on every table for dirty fingers as the restaurant likes to encourage diners to eat with their hands.

When we visited, we got two BC classic burgers - a homemade beef patty served in a brioche bun with lettuce, pickle and tomato. Calum added hot chipotle mesquite sauce, Monetary Jack cheese and Bourbon pickled jalapeños. I added caramelised onions, Monetary Jack cheese and ketchup.

We also ordered a side of thin cheesy fries with spiced cheese, sweet onions and mustard, as well as wagon wheel onion rings which came with a side of thousand island sauce for dipping in to.

The burgers were delicious and super juicy. Boozy cooks their burgers medium/rare, so if you're looking for your burger to be cooked for a little longer, ensure you mention that to the server.

My caramelised onions were awesome, and had a slight crunch to them whilst bringing a sweet taste to the burger. The cheese was well melted on both Calum and I's burgers, so we were both chuffed with that. Calum's jalapeño's didn't taste too different to regular jalapeño's, but he liked his burger so wasn't overly fussed about the lack of bourbon taste they had.

The chips were great, and I especially loved that they were covered in English mustard. The fries were missing the onions that were meant to come throughout them, but we were too hungry and weren't really that bothered about this slight oversight.

The onion rings were my favourite and the thousand island sauce went extremely well with them. They were crispy, juicy and indulgent all at the same time. Some of them varied quite dramatically in size, so I made sure to grab the bigger ones before Calum got wind.

It didn't take us long to scoff the lot.
Having visited before, I know how good the milkshakes at Boozy Cow are, so we decided to share one having demolished two sides with our burgers.

We opted for a salted caramel popcorn milkshake. Topped with salted caramel popcorn, caramel sauce and a heap of whipped cream, the milkshake really didn't last long as we both tore into it. It was so good that we ended up having a straw war, trying to beat one another to the dregs at the bottom. Let's just say there were a few tears of laughter following this straw-off.
Boozy Cow had been good. It's a very chilled vibe and super relaxed. My only bug bear from our visit was just how cold the restaurant was. With it being cold outside, I'd pictured the restaurant being warm, however I didn't end up taking off my jacket as I wanted to enjoy my food without freezing my butt off. I have to say, it's the first time that's ever really happened to me, so it may just have been a bad day for the heating, or it may just not have kicked in throughout the time we were there.

The restaurant is involved in Aberdeen Restaurant Week and will have both a lunch and dinner menu available. The dinner menu, which is priced at £20.18, includes two burgers (from the menu), two sides and a chocolate brownie for dessert. So for £10.09 each, that really is a bargain! Better go grab your burger buddy asap.

   For Now...

Just Julia



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