I’ve done a lot of these reviews … I’ve eaten a lot of food … but Native gave me the best meal I have had in Aberdeen by some way.
Arriving on Saturday night we were quickly shown to our seats in the busy restaurant.
It took me some time to settle on a starter – torn between the pork liver and orange pate and my eventual choice of the chicken and black pudding terrine, served with pear chutney, micro salad and chargrilled bread (£6.95).
I’ll never know if I picked the best of these two dishes, but I’m fairly confident I got it right.
The terrine was delicious. The chicken was succulent and flavoursome with the strong taste of the black pudding kicking through. The pear chutney gave a lovely sweetness to the dish and the crunch from the bread set it all off perfectly.
It wasn’t just the taste and textures that made the dish. Visually, it was well presented when it arrived at the table – a running theme throughout the evening.
Across the table my dining partner for the night went for the pan-seared scallops with black pudding in filo pastry with red pepper puree and micro herbs (£7.45).
The scallops were perfectly cooked and the black pudding and pastry was an excellent partner.
Moving on to the mains I opted for the treacle cured beef fillet with fondant potato, honey roasted parsnips and carrots, buttered kale, garlic puree and a red wine jus (£17.95).
The beef was incredibly good – tender and flavoursome with a slight sweetness from the treacle glaze which sides set off perfectly.
Overall it was one of the best plates of food I’ve ever had.
My companion went for the chorizo stuffed pork fillet with caramelised apple, creamy savoy cabbage, turnip and mustard sauce (£16.95).
Again it was just delicious.
Comfortably full, I in no way needed a dessert. But when my dining companion announced she was diving in for a third course I was quickly coerced to join.
We both opted for the chocolate bombe with caramel peanuts, chocolate custard, fresh berries and toffee sauce (£6.45).
Arriving at the table the dish once again looked fantastic
A white chocolate dome encased the caramel peanuts and the waiter poured the hot toffee sauce over the creation splitting it apart to reveal the inner treat.
For me the dish was a bit too rich and sweet – the toffee sauce in particular.
However, across the table it was met with much delight. In hindsight, I should have called it quits after the main or gone for the cheese and biscuits.
Despite being another year older, I still haven’t developed a sweet-tooth.
What we had
- Scallops with black pudding in filo pastry
- Chicken and black pudding terrine
- Chorizo stuffed pork fillet
- Treacle cured beef fillet
- Chocolate bombe
How much it cost: £77.65
At just under £80 including drinks it certainly wasn’t a cheap night out – but with the sheer quality of food the price certainly can’t be criticised.
As for the service from the staff, it matched the quality of the grub, even if it was a little on the slow side.
In total we were in the restaurant two hours and 15 minutes.
The atmosphere was warm and welcoming with the eatery less than three-quarters full during our visit.
Despite this it still felt quite intimate and it was easy to have a conversation across the table despite a lot of background chatter in the room.
Overall I can’t find any fault with Native – although I can fault myself for taking a sweet dessert – this meal was simply stunning.