The Jaws theme tune should have been playing every time I walked past the windows of the Kirkview Cafe and Bistro as I imagined devouring the tempting cakes and treats on display.
On my errand runs in the city, I tend to find myself stopping to eye its menus as I make my way along Union Terrace.
I finally decided to dive in after a girlfriend described the central dining spot’s food as “mouth-watering”. With a raving review like that, how could I not try it out?
We slipped into the cosy and bustling restaurant and chose a prime spot by the window.
Having got lucky with our choice of seating, it was clear why the owners chose the name.
Diners can take in the views of Union Terrace Gardens, the city skyline and the former Triple Kirks’ spire, all while being in one of the most relaxed restaurants I’ve been to.
The restaurant definitely won some brownie points in my book with the selection of music. I was finding it difficult to keep from my humming to myself. We were so engulfed in the comfortable atmosphere and caught up in our conversation, when the staff approached to take our orders we had to ask for a few more minutes to peruse the menu.
The menu stated: “We only use fresh, carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients to make all our beautiful, rustic dishes”.
Eager to taste the flavours promised on their mission statement, I chose the hummus and red pepper bruschetta as my starter and my friend opted for the chicken nachos.
Our starters arrived promptly thanks to their speedy and friendly service.
My hummus and red pepper bruschetta tasted light and fresh, and was beautifully presented.
The colour of the hummus was vibrant and the drizzle of balsamic on the plate was just the right touch of zest to cut through the earthy flavour.
The hummus bruschetta was accompanied by a salad an arugula which helped to balance the colours on the dish.
A surprise centre of caramelised onions was the highlight of the bruschetta which made it all the more sad when I was done savouring every bite.
My friend said the nachos were crunchy, savoury and “packed with flavour”.
Ready to move on to the main event, I eagerly ordered the BBQ chicken melt burger as my main dish.
My friend quipped that I was very confident and quick in announcing my order. I explained that it was the burger that piqued my interest every time I walked by. She ummed and ahhed before choosing the garlic mushroom carbonara and brie bruschetta.
It didn’t take long before my burger arrived with its smoky BBQ aroma dominating our dining table.
The burger buns were soft and held up against the amount of chicken. The cheese had also melted perfectly. My first bite was embarrassingly and quickly overshadowed by my second.
The smokiness of the BBQ paired well with the cheesy flavour on the grilled chicken.
A tablespoon portion of coleslaw was served and crispy, golden chips which I happily tucked into.
My friend said her garlic mushroom carbonara and brie bruschetta was unlike anything she’d ever tasted.
The bruschetta came with a side of sweet potatoes, a personal favourite of hers.
At the end of our hearty meal, we allowed ourselves some downtime to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and take in the views of the city.
What we had
Hummus bruschetta, chicken nachos, BBQ chicken melt burger, garlic mushroom carbonara and brie bruschetta.
How much it cost
What we thought
Kirkview Cafe and Bistro offers diners a relaxing experience with an incredible and tucked away view of the city. A great place to eat for diners of all flavour palettes where they can enjoy everything from burgers, speciality sandwiches and afternoon tea, to top quality restaurant dishes including vegetarian options.