As I wrote this review at the end of last year, it was so good to open the theaters.
My God, we had missed the concerts, the smell of greasy paint, the roar of the crowd. We are very lucky in Aberdeen to have such beautiful theaters and a plethora of entertainment ranging from musicals to rock groups, from ballet to plays. It was until the last closing of the rooms.
However, after Covid’s cancellations and delays, the success of West End Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was finally in town and the crowds were back.
Over the past few months, I had listened to the soundtrack so many times that I could easily recite every word of every song.
No trip to the theater is complete without dinner and drinks, and we chose Molly’s Bistro within the Douglas Hotel on Market Street.
Market Street isn’t the healthiest street in town but it’s a short walk from the theater and we had heard great things about the food there.
The place was quite busy when my friend and I got there early on a Friday night, maybe a few had the same plans as us. The room was very bright, a little too bright, but halfway through the meal they dimmed the lights.
The dining room is on two levels, making it a bit more private than a large room, with smaller, more comfortable sections. It has a very modern and fresh feel with hardwood floors and pale wood tables and comfortable stylish red chairs.
There is a bar in one corner and a spectacular flower display hanging from the large skylight in the center of the room.
We were shown a table in the back which contained beautiful black and white images of old shipyards and mining, which is not surprising given that the restaurant community is a short walk away. port.
We received a very friendly welcome from the staff and this continued throughout our visit. They obviously have a number of repeat customers as they seemed to welcome a number of diners like old friends. As they left to get our drinks, we went through the menus.
The menu is not huge but even then a quick choice was almost impossible. I would have loved to try the Cullen Skink but knew I would have a hard time eating this and a main course so we opted to share the squid and zucchini tempura.
For the main course, I went for the chicken fajitas and my friend chose the haddock and fries. The other main courses consisted of the curry of the day, pasta dishes, beef stew, honey chili chicken, and steaks and burgers from the ‘the grill’ section.
For the non-meat eaters, there were also some interesting dishes like the risotto primavera or Molly’s homemade veggie burger.
The entree was served on a triangular black slate with the tempura elegantly stacked alongside a lime wedge and a ramekin of garlic mayonnaise. The batter over the calamari and zucchini was perfectly light and crisp and was a perfect starter to share.
A short wait and a lot of talking with my friend and my fajitas arrived. I was a little disappointed that the dish didn’t have a sizzle as promised on the menu, but the portion was huge and served with all the “toppings” – hot tortillas, grated cheese, salsa and guacamole.
The juicy chicken, onions and peppers were coated in Mexican spices and I have to admit these are the tastiest fajitas I have ever had. The dish had a real smoky flavor and although I couldn’t eat all the tortillas, I demolished all the delicious chicken and veg on the griddle.
Across the table, haddock was descending nicely, fresh, flaky fish in a crisp beer batter. A nice basket filled with fries; peas, tartar sauce and a slice of lemon completed the dish.
Always the one with a sweet tooth, I asked for the dessert menu. Featuring traditional dishes like sticky caramel pudding, crumbles and cheesecakes, I opted for one of my favorites, a summer berry pavlova, while my friend ordered a coffee.
Back on the black serving slate, the meringue sat in the middle elegantly covered with crème fraîche, strawberries and a pinch of icing sugar. It was delicious and light, sweet and juicy as it should be; the perfect end to our Friday party!
Throughout our visit, guests of all ages came and went quite regularly.
The hotel is located very close to all shops and the train station so a great place to grab something to eat. It’s also only a 10 minute walk to the theater and we enjoyed the walk trying to ease our full tummies.
As we left the friendly waitress inquired about the rest of our evening and we had a lovely conversation about the theater, a nice touch.
Molly’s Bistro offers you a warm welcome in a modern setting. The menu is full of classic family dishes made with good quality fresh ingredients. An excellent retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets; Can’t wait to come back very soon.
Address: Molly’s Bistro, Douglas Hotel, 43/45 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5EL
Phone. : 01224 582255
Price: £ 59 for a starter, two main courses, a dessert, a glass of wine, a soft drink and a coffee
- Food: 4/5
- Services: 4.5
- Surroundings: 4/5