A note from Joelle...
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!
|We were greeted with these delicious spiced mulled ciders! Safe to say, there wasn't a drop left in anyone's glass!|
|Getting warmed up (literally) for the cocktail presentations by award-winning (and blimmin' hilarious) mixologist Andy Pearson|
|I was chosen to make a cocktail with Andy and rose to the challenge!|
|NAILED IT! (with only a few minor spillages)|
|Should have concentrated more to Andy's technique instead of making dodgy gifs!|
|Adding the finishing touches to my rum eggnog!|
|And here's my eggnog creation in all its glory! This was my first ever egg nog as well.|
|My eggnog cocktail passed Eimhear's taste test (phew!)|
|Laura was up next, and she got top marks from Andy for her cocktail skills!|
|And this was the finished cocktail: a lovely Chocolate Orange Martini (ooooo, fancy!)|
|THE CONCENTRATION! Can you guess what it is yet?|
|Ta-da! A Snowman cocktail! THE FEELS!|
|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.
|Up first was this mushroom risotto and goat's cheese bruschetta|
|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!|
|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!
|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.
|I'm not one to hang about when it comes to a hot roast!|
|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.
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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 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
Check out their website HERE
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