My friend, Holly, invited me along with her to sample the festive menu of a relatively new cocktail bar and restaurant in Aberdeen named The Spiritualist.
We were greeted on arrival by the lovely waiting staff who brought us a delicious looking cocktail to our table. It’s one of their festive cocktails and I would highly recommend it. It was a Reverse White Russian. During the night we had the opportunity to try several other cocktails including the Supertini, which is The Spiritualist’s take on the classic Pornstar Martini so as you can imagine, this went down a treat, and also a Tom Foolery which is a fruity gin based cocktail and a personal favourite of mine. Finally we tried a Hollaback Girl – with a name like that, how could we resist. This is a raspberry and Chambord infused vodka cocktail, topped with kiwi and a candy love heart. It was delicious. They all were!
Our cocktail was closely followed by our starters. Holly opted for the Gin Cured Smoked Salmon with a rocket and orange salad and crowdie, which is a Scottish cheese. I chose the Ayrshire Smoked Ham and Leek Terrine with granary bread and piccalilli, which was incredibly tasty. It was presented beautifully which is also a bonus for that much needed Instagram shot.
For my main course, I decided to try something a little different for myself and go out of my comfort zone. I don’t normally like pasty but the filling sounded lovely so I chose the Roast Butternut and Feta Wellington with wild rice, charred brocolli and a rich tomato sauce and it definitely did not disappoint. The portion is very large so if you have the option, I’d recommend sharing with someone else though. Holly went for the same and she can also vouch for the fact that is was a mouth-watering meal but next time we would be sharing.
There is a lovely choice of desserts on the menu but chocolate is always my dessert of choice so I went for the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and vanilla ice cream. It melts in your mouth and perfect for those with a sweet tooth like myself. Holly opted for the Warm Christmas Pudding with Balvenie whisky cream which is a classic for this time of year. The Christmas pudding is a much smaller portion than the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake but after two courses prior, you may be quite grateful of this. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly did not leave any cake on my plate but the food baby afterwards was very real.
Would I recommend The Spiritualist? Yes, I definitely would. It tends to be a rather busy place, especially in the evening when people are after some nice cocktails so I would suggest booking prior to arriving. For a 3 course meal, it is only £25 per person, which I believe is a brilliant price for the quality and portions that we received. We both had a great time and were highly impressed with our service.
If you are intending to visit, or have been, I’d love to know your thoughts!