We were lucky enough to be invited along to the private Adelphi Kitchen Relaunch Event to sample their new menu, but what was it like??
What it is: The Adelphi Kitchen, a re-opened meat and seafood restaurant which has been rescued from financial troubles in Aberdeen’s economic downturn.
Where it is: In the Adelphi, a street which you can find through an archway at the end of Union Street, towards Castlegate in Aberdeen.
Score: 9/10, gorgeous food, perfect drink pairings from local suppliers, and great company!
If you read my recent Adelphi Kitchen Review from earlier this year, you might already be aware that I’m a bit of a fan-girl when it comes to this place. I’ve been visiting the restaurant for years, and have graced its tables with family, friends, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, and just about anyone else I can convince to eat with me.
The Adelphi Kitchen relaunch comes six months after it re-opened its doors to the public again, following its closure during the height of the economic downturn here in Aberdeen. It fell victim to external factors, like many other small businesses in the city at the time.
The relaunch could be a little late in the opinion of some, but it does help strike a new bolt of excitement into the eatery, attracting local foodies to come, eat, and share the meaty gospel with other locals. I really need no excuse to eat here though.
Myself and my plus one, the ever-keen Mother Maverick, toddled along to this event on Friday evening after work. Both nervous about the prospect of small talk with strangers, and hungry for whatever culinary goodies were about to be served to us.
I’ll apologise in advance for the poor photo quality in this review. The combination of dim lighting, and balancing drinks, food and camera all at once made for some less-than-ideal pictures, oops!
Upon arrival at the Adelphi Kitchen relaunch, and having my name ticked off the guest list (ooh-err, fancy!), we were greeted with all the food and alcohol one could ever need.
We picked up some sparkling Ferrari wine, and a gorgeous little smoky prawn cocktail style canapé. Small local prawns with hot-smoked salmon in a lightly spicy Marie Rose style sauce, wrapped in a crisp lettuce leaf. Even as someone who isn’t into wine, I can say that the white fizz we sipped paired really well with it.
Us Scots have a certain skill for balancing our food and alcohol in our fingers…
As neither of us were quite inebriated enough to make comfortable casual small talk with our fellow guests, we moved swiftly on to the next edible offerings!
Our eyes widened in anticipation as these divine sliders appeared at a nearby table. Tiny but delicious little beef burgers, topped with spicy sauce, soft pulled pork and melting cheese. Do I really need to emphasise how good these were?? We ate like five…
Also on offer around the bustling restaurant tables were these smoky Irn Bru glazed pork belly toasts, topped with chipotle popcorn. I can confirm that after tasting these three times to ensure they were delicious….that they were utterly delicious.
We also worked our way through crispy mac and cheese bites, buffalo style chicken wings, and some gorgeous gin from Esker Spirits.
If you’re into your Scottish gin, Esker Spirits are really worth trying out! This gin was sweet, spicy and ideal straight or with tonic!
Only two-thirds filled with food and various alcoholic beverages, the dessert table appeared. HELL YES.
Gooey chocolate brownie bites, weeny little tangy key lime pie bites, and mini crisp rhubarb doughnuts complete with custard dipping sauce. These desserts were unbelievably addictive. Key lime pie is one of my favourite desserts, so lapped up the sweet-and-sour green nibbles as soon as I could. And those DOUGHNUTS?? So small, so fluffy, so crispy, just YES.
A little too stuffed with food, and juuuuust a little bit too boozy, we departed with big grins on our faces. The company, the food and the drinks made this such a fantastic event to be a part of.
Overall, the food on offer was so well-thought-out. Every texture you could need, from crisp mac and cheese bites to meltingly soft pulled pork. A huge range of flavours, from spicy, to smoky, to sweet and sticky. All the little nibbles we sampled at this Adelphi Kitchen relaunch made us return for more, and made us extra keen to visit the restaurant to try out the full new menu.
The new wine and spirits list that the Adelphi Kitchen have on offer are enough to keep any booze enthusiast happy, and having some of the local purveyors there to discuss their wares and what led them to start producing made it even more enjoyable.
It was so nice to see this little restaurant flourishing and bustling with local foodies, especially after the hard times it has faced in the economic downturn. I hope it continues to grow and become the local gem that it is to many of its patrons.
If you live nearby and fancy trying somewhere new, The Adelphi Kitchen really is a great place to eat. The staff were unbelievably friendly and accommodating (even as the guests grew drunker!) and the food was ridiculously tasty as always. If you can, you really you try it out soon, especially so after sampling their fab new menu!
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Hope to see you all again soon!