Thursday, 10 April 2014

Lazy Sunday at Rock & Oyster

A note from Joelle... 
As a big seafood lover, I couldn't stay one more day in Aberdeen without trying one of the city's most talked about restaurants, Rock & Oyster. It's a seafood restaurant in the cultural size of Aberdeen called Union Terrace.
I had heard so much about Rock & Oyster from fellow Aberdonians, so I rocked up (see what I did there?...) with my pal Elsh to have a spot of lunch.
On Sundays, they have a 'Lazy Sunday' Menu with three starters mains and two desserts. We had a choice of two courses or three, and we went for three... obviously! 
First up, we had calamari with with a cool dill dip. I expected a tiny little portion of calamari as most restaurants tend to hate giving out decent portions of seafood. 
We were really happy when a mountain of crispy squid arrived! No seasoning was needed for this, just a fork! 
We couldn't hold back our smiles as we tucked into the squidy-goodness!
Next up was the fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce. I opted out of the peas as I'm not a fan though. 
LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THOSE CHIPS!! Really light crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside - the way it should be done! I liked the fish, even though I found the batter a bit too fluffy for my taste.
Finally we both went for the 'Dessert of the Day', which was this lemon tart with a raspberry sorbet. 
To be totally honest with you, I got a bit emotional when I took my final spoonful - it was that good! The light, crunchy glaze on top with the sharp/sweet wobbly lemon filling was a beautiful pairing. I am not a usually sorbet fan (it's just flavoured ice!!), but this sorbet just worked so well!
 Let's have one more look at it, shall we?
 All in all, we had a wonderful time and I am making a list of more dishes to try! I've got my eye on the seared scallops, fish pie, mussels and whitebait! Mmmmmm, good thing we now have loyalty cards!
Now, I know this is a bit off-topic, but I was really impressed with the background music in the restaurant. I was tempted to get out my iPhone and 'Shazam' a few of the relaxing, minimalistic tracks. And to my surprise, Rock & Oyster have a list of tracks they play on their website - who'd have thought it! 

Many thanks to head chef Ryan for his kindness and great hospitality. We will be back!
If you are ever in Aberdeen City, check out Rock & Oyster!

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