Thursday, 8 February 2018

Aberdeen Restaurant Week - Revolution: Review (Aberdeen)

Having visited Revolution in Aberdeen many-a-time, I'm no stranger to their large and varied cocktail menu. From the good ol' classics to cocktails served in kettles, their drinks offering is somewhat appealing to many.

But what many people don't know is that Revolution Aberdeen have a pretty decent food offering too. From pizza's to salads, to barbecue dishes to mezze boards, the menu is pretty inclusive and covers cuisine from every neck of the woods.

So you can imagine my delight when I found out that Rev was giving evening customers who ordered from the three-course Aberdeen Restaurant Week dinner menu a complimentary cocktail.

Heading along with a one of my old University pals last Friday, the two of us were hungry for good food and drinks, as well as a healthy serving of gossip. I hadn't seen Steph in ages so we were very excited about the occasion.

On arrival, we were shown to our seats - a lovely, cosy booth located in the outside area downstairs - and talked through the menu. Having not been to Rev in a while, it took me a few minutes to decide what cocktail to go for. I started with a Blue Movie, which Steph also picked. The Blue Movie was superb, it was light and refreshing and really just reminded me of a Blue Lagoon - which didn't surprise me as the cocktail featured Absolut Berri Acaí vodka, Blue Curaçao, lemon, apple juice and lemonade.

We were both feeling pretty ravenous having worked a long week. Whenever I dine out with someone else, I always try my hardest not to get the same as the other person. Both being in completely different moods for what kind of food we wanted, I was grateful she wasn't eyeing up the Buttermilk fried chicken strips the same way I was. Featuring three pieces of fried chicken strips, it was the big easy mayo that really captured my attention. The chicken was lovely and did the job, but the chipotle style mayonnaise was the one element that completely made that dish.

Steph had ordered the garlic flatbread which was topped with garlic butter and parsley. She really enjoyed it as she tore into it with her hands, however I would have personally liked a little more garlic butter on it - but I adore garlic and would use it in most dishes I cook at home. The flatbread was cooked well and was nice and fluffy on the inside.

We ordered a couple more cocktails at this point and tucked in.
After demolishing our starters, we caught up on all things work, life, and family. I'd been good friends with Steph at University and I alway enjoyed catching up with her and hearing how everything was going. We were both pretty ambitious at Uni (we still are) so there was  lot of reminiscing to be done having not seen each other in so long.

For mains, I decided to go for the glazed half roast chicken. The half roast chicken was served with  a gorgeous, rich chipotle BBQ sauce, chips and coleslaw. The chicken was lovely and moist and fell off the bone very well. The skin was a little crispy and was covered in the chipotle BBQ sauce which was also served on the side too. You can never have enough BBQ sauce in my opinion. As well as the chipotle BBQ sauce, you could order the hot sauce instead, however I stuck with the servers recommendation and it didn't disappoint.

Steph opted for the Sri Lankan chicken curry. A creamy, coconut and tomato sauce chicken curry with chilli, lemon grass and coriander which came served with jasmine rice and a wedge of fresh lime to squeeze over. Steph really enjoyed her curry, but the kick of chilli was quite strong for her so struggled to finish it once she'd eaten her rice which was a nice was to cool the dish down.
We ordered a few more cocktails, with my choices being the strawberry daiquiri  and a pornstar martini. The frozen strawberry daiquiri was created with Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, vanilla liqueur, strawberry purée, lime, grenadine and cranberry juice and came garnished with a strawberry sweet - my fav! The pornstar martini with SKYY passionfruit, Absolut Vanilla vodka, passionfruit purée, sugar, orange juice, and came topped with half of a passion fruit to garnish. The drink also came with a Freixenet prosesso chaser - although I usually drink it before the cocktail to cleanse the palette.
Moving on to desserts, we were both eyeing up the warm chocolate brownie originally, that was until Steph spotted a chocolate brownie sundae which was a huge game changer for her.

The brownie sundae boasted lots of ice cream, bourbon brownie pieces, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and was topped with rainbow drops. It all went so well together and Steph loved the brownie pieces.

My brownie was super soft and gooey on the inside, and was beautifully crisp on the outside. It melted in my mouth and was hands down my favourite dish of the meal - even though I did love the BBQ chicken. It was bursting full of chocolate and the vanilla ice cream which came served on the side went extremely well with it and really complimented the richness of the brownies. It was exactly what any chocolate lover would want out of a warm brownie dessert.
Revolution was bouncing that night - the music was fantastic and everyone seemed in the mood to party. Having come straight from work, neither Steph or I were dressed for the occasion, and as temped as we were we ended up passing on the opportunity to dance the night away. We surrendered our table to a group of girls who were out for the night and made our way out of the venue.

Everyone was having a great time and I must admit, I was pretty jealous of them. Full up with fine food and delicious drinks, we headed home for the night - not before planning our next trip out of course.

During the Aberdeen Restaurant Week project, Revolution are running both a two-course lunch and a three-course dinner. The three-course dinner also comes with a cocktail included in the offer which is a great way for them to showcase their food and their drinks offering. Revolution also run a number of different offers throughout the week too, so it's worth checking online what offers they have on all the time.

Happy dining out folks, and good luck picking a cocktail - there's just too many good ones to choose from!

   For Now...
Just Julia


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