For our Valentine’s date this year, we headed to the new steakhouse and bar in Aberdeen, Vovem, to treat ourselves to a delicious meal.
Today is all about the food but I recently attended their launch party so go give that a read first to give you an understanding of what Vovem is about and what I thought on the decor etc here.
We decided to be a bit adventurous with our starters and try something new so we opted for the Ox Grill Scottish Langoustines and Signature Beef Carpaccio and they did not disappoint.
The Ox Grill Scottish Langoustines were my personal favourite of the two. I’d never tried langoustine prior to this dish and now it’s all I want in a starter and more. The meat melts in your mouth and is bursting with flavour. If you aren’t the biggest fish fan, I’d still recommend giving this dish a go because it tastes more like meat than shellfish, making it incredibly easy to eat. This starter is served with roasted garlic butter which compliments the langoustines perfectly.
The Signature Beef Carpaccio absolutely was a close second. If you’re unsure, carpaccio is a thinly sliced meat that is served raw. But again, don’t let that put you off. If you can look past the dish being raw, then you are in for a treat. The carpaccio, that is served with manchego cheese and a mustard dressing is packed full of meaty flavour that will tantalise your taste buds.
Main Courses and Sides
It happened to be a Tuesday when we visited Vovem, which meant steaks were 2 for the price of 1 – fantastic.
We both chose the Bannerman Butcher Sirloin Steaks with Béarnaise Sauce, and I can honestly say it was the best steak I’ve ever had. I asked for it to be cooked medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. It wasn’t chewy, rather it was tender and incredibly mouthwatering. The béarnaise sauce was beautiful also. If béarnaise sauce isn’t your preferred sauce, don’t worry because there is a pretty sizeable list of sauces and butters to choose from to accompany your steak.
For sides, we decided to order several and share. As always, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and we could barely make a dent in any of the side dishes but we had Potato Gratin, Vovem Frites, Onion Rings and Toasted Beef Dripping Sourdough.
The Potato Gratin was an interesting choice for me as I’m not the biggest fan of potato but this ended up being my favourite side. It was amazingly creamy and I know if I go back to Vovem, that’s the side I will be choosing.
The fries were also a nice side to go alongside steak, but they weren’t the most amazing fries I’ve ever had. I’m much more of a chunky chip gal and the Vovem frites were on the skinnier side. But Blair enjoyed them.
The onion rings though, oh my. They were tasty. They were the perfect crispiness, not soggy like some onion rings I’ve had. Served with a mayonnaise dip, they were just so bloody good. Mayonnaise is a winner in my book also though. If something is served with a mayo dip, I know I’m going to love it no matter what.
I honestly cannot remember that much about the toasted beef dripping sourdough which tells me I wasn’t really that fussed about it. So I’ll just leave that there.
Bursting at the seams, we had no room left for desserts but there is a great choice for those of you who can manage something sweet, like creme brûlée and a smoky whisky dark chocolate ganache and doughnuts. Sounds lovely, right?
I’m hungry writing this post but honestly, if you get the chance to visit Vovem for a meal, I would highly recommend. We received great service and even better food.