I’M ALL about remaining loyal when it comes to food.
Feed me well once and I’ll be sure to come back for more.
But feed me well twice? Well, you’ll have me as a loyal customer forever.
Yes, Howies has got me hooked and it’s all down to its delicious chargrilled chicken breast – but more about that later.
Rewind to a few weeks back when I first dined at Howies.
First impressions count and Howies certainly made a lasting one on me.
So a few weeks later I decided to take my mum to the cosy Chapel Street restaurant.
I wanted to take my mum there because of the food, but I also knew she’d ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over the Scottish-theme decor.
And I was right. From the prickly thistles displayed on each rustic wooden table to the tartan seat covers – she was a fan already.
A polite waitress promptly showed us to our booth and talked us through the specials before she left us to pick our dishes.
True to our Aberdonian heritage, my mum and I are always looking to get good value for our cash.
So the lunch-time meal deal with two courses for £10.95 seemed like a winner.
For her main, my mum ordered the veggie burger – Portobello mushroom, Banchory Devenick feta, baby spinach, tomato and grilled pepper, served with hand-cut chips.
Going back to that chicken… I didn’t even have to think about what I was ordering.
The chargrilled chicken was served with roasted aubergine, red pepper and tomato.
The dish also comes with chorizo, but I decided to skip that.
It wasn’t too long before our mains were served up and I was reunited with my new favourite dish.
As previously, the chicken breast was perfectly cooked and succulent, and it went really well with the roasted veg and tasty tomato sauce which was carefully slathered over the top.
My mum’s veggie burger was a generous size and the hand-cut chips – which tasted like perfectly fresh chipper chips – were served attractively in a little wire basket.
The feta cheese fell apart in her mouth and was a perfect complement to the Portobello mushroom.
It was obvious that a lot of time and effort had gone into each dish.
As it was a rainy day outside we looked forward to cheering ourselves up with desserts.
Unfortunately, this is where I have my only complaint as we felt a little forgotten about. We had a good 15-minute wait before the waitress returned to take our order after handing us the dessert menu.
Nevertheless, my bannoffee pie was seriously worth the wait.
Presentation was on point, as it was with the main courses, and the sinful sweet was too good to be true with swirls of thick whipped cream and sweet toffee sauce.
My mum ordered the cranachan and enjoyed the sweet raspberries and whisky ice-cream, although she did say the whisky flavour was very subtle. With our bill totalling up to just £30 – which is seriously good value as our meals were well above pub grub standard and verging on fine dining – I really wouldn’t think twice about returning to Howies for another natter with my mum and a catch up over some fresh, wholesome grub.