Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The 'Deen Scene: The Filling Station Christmas Event

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' - Mariah Carey ♫ ♪

:)
The Filling Station was the first ever restaurant I tried in Aberdeen! I had just gotten off the plane as a bleary-eyed wannabe student. And sauntered in after being recommended to try it by a kind man on the airport bus. A year later, I also took my sister when she came to visit. You can read all about that HERE.
Aaaaaaaanyway, fast forward two and a half years and I'm happy-dancing after receiving an email inviting me and my pal Eimhear to come and sample the Christmas menu! 
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
We were greeted with these delicious spiced mulled ciders! Safe to say, there wasn't a drop left in anyone's glass!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Getting warmed up (literally) for the cocktail presentations by award-winning (and blimmin' hilarious) mixologist Andy Pearson
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
I was chosen to make a cocktail with Andy and rose to the challenge!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Sh-sh-shake it!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
NAILED IT! (with only a few minor spillages)
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Should have concentrated more to Andy's technique instead of making dodgy gifs!

Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Adding the finishing touches to my rum eggnog!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
And here's my eggnog creation in all its glory! This was my first ever egg nog as well.
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
My eggnog cocktail passed Eimhear's taste test (phew!)
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Laura was up next, and she got top marks from Andy for her cocktail skills!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
And this was the finished cocktail: a lovely Chocolate Orange Martini (ooooo, fancy!)
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
THE CONCENTRATION! Can you guess what it is yet?
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Ta-da! A Snowman cocktail! THE FEELS!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Eimhear and I both got this delicious Russian Raspberry Punch cocktail. I definitely recommend it if you like sweet and refreshing berry flavours

Onto the food! We sampled smaller versions of The Filling Station's 2014 Christmas Menu.

Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Up first was this mushroom risotto and goat's cheese bruschetta 
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
This was my first ever risotto, and I had heard so many horror stories about it! But let me tell you...I died and went to creamy, mushroom Heaven!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Up next was an American classic! Burger and fries with maple bacon. Sweet and savoury together can be quite hit-and-miss, but once again Assistant Executive Chef, Andy Hamilton and his team nailed it on the flavour blend.
Even the the red cabbage coleslaw (which I'm not usually keen on) was delicious! 
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Next up was this mini-Christmas dinner. Roast potatoes (the best I've ever had, by the way), sugar snaps, green beans, baby carrots, stuffing balls, (well seasoned) mashed potato, angle on horseback (or pigs in blanket if you're from the North), turkey breast (THAT WASN'T DRY!!) and a pot of cranberry sauce).
When you come for the Christmas dinner, you will receive a whopping 7oz slice of turkey, mmmmm.
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
I'm not one to hang about when it comes to a hot roast!
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
When this dessert came out, it was as if I hadn't even two courses before this!
WHAT A BEAUTY! You'd think this Oreo Cheescake will Chantilly cream and vanilla ice cream would to heavy and too much to handle after a main meal, but it was perfect. Why? Because it was light, not dense and stodgy. The chocolate bourbon base was short and crunchy and the mascarpone and crushed Oreos were a match made in foodie heaven.
Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
Lots of great deals for you!


Filling Station Aberdeen Christmas Menu
It was great to mingle with some familiar blogger faces and some new ones! Thanks so much to the Filling Station for having me down!

The Filling Station are real pros at amazing customer service and incredibly delicious  food.
The staff are so passionate and it's just a total joy eating here time-and-time again!

The Filling Station diners are dotted all over Scotland (Edinburgh, Stirling, Inverness and Aberdeen), so come and have a merry ol' time with them!


254 Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1TN

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