Revolution: Belmont Street, Aberdeen
AS THE Beatles crooned: “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all want to change the world.”
The menu at this Belmont Street bar might not exactly have punters manning the barricades, but by the look of it it’s certainly trying to change the way we think about pub food.
No scampi and fries or beef and ale pie to be found here. Instead, my wife and I were met with a dazzling array of unorthodox dishes like chicken katsu curry.
After much swithering we decided the summer mezze board (£10.95) sounded too good to miss.
We were right, too – the platter of tortillas and dough balls with a selection of dips and accompaniments was a real treat.
It was a cut above any sharing plate we’d had before. Where we’d half-expected olives from a jar there were wonderfully plump and firm manzanillas, and the usual salsa was replaced by a fresh and zingy pico de gallo.
The Italian nachos – pastry parcels filled with four cheeses – were also a sensational stand-out.
Feeling greedy, we also opted for the Denver fries (£8.25), a kind of millionaire’s chips and cheese.
A heap of skinny fries smothered in cheese and peppercorn sauce and scattered with huge chunks of steak, it was comfort food at its very best.