Review: The Hub Cafe, St Switch Street

Spicy food and value for money are two of my favourite things.

I have to confess, before I reveal what I consider to be the best kept secret in Aberdeen, my self-preservation instinct is at odds with my better self.

Quite simply put, I am feart I will not be able to get a table here in future.

Okay I’ll spill the beans.

Every Friday and Saturday from 5pm, this quirky little gem of a place transforms into a curry house – one that can match any other around.

Add to the mix, a five course meal here costs £20 per head … you catch my drift.

So how can a wee corner cafe in the West End change into a curry house, I hear you ask?

Well, apparently the owner is a dab hand at Indian cooking, and the lady clearly loves to cook.

So at the end of the working week, my husband and I decided to head out for dinner.

I called ahead to check on availability and was pleased when I was offered a table.

Here you are invited to bring your own bottle and you’ll pay a corkage fee of £5.

With a nice bottle of Rioja in hand, my husband and I were warmly welcomed to our seats.

Our friendly waitress was quick to bring us wine glasses, and water for the table.

We sat back and enjoyed savouring the aroma of our fruity Rioja which matched well with the delicious spices wafting overhead.

Quick as a flash, our waitress returned with poppadoms and mango chutney.

We both dived in and scooped up the sweet chutney which was so thick, you could have easily stood a spoon in it.

Up next was a serving of vegetable samosas, chicken samosas and vegetable pakoras – one of each for us both.

I normally avoid eating fried food and I have to confess I am still in the dark as to the cooking method applied. Still, I marvelled there was not even a hint of grease residue.

Both of the samosa varieties were tasty and filling, however, the pakora, filled with plenty of spinach, with a lovely spicy kick got the thumbs up from us both.

The next course was from the tandoori range, and we were offered the choice of either a chicken drumstick, lamb chop or tandoori vegetables.

David plumped for the chicken, while I ordered the lamb chop. Both were delicious.

The tenderised meats simply melted on the tongue.

There was a choice of four main courses … two of which were vegetarian. My husband went for the chicken jalfrezi, while I ordered the lamb bhoona. We both ordered plain naan.

My husband’s main dish disappeared in no time. The chicken was plentiful, and the thick sauce, filled with green chillies, peppers, onion and tomatoes, balanced the flavours perfectly, and easily satisfied his spice craving.

The naan was super soft, moist, and the perfect accompaniment to the curry.

My lamb bhoona dish was outstanding, fresh, and had just the right amount of spice I like in my Indian cuisine.

We had no room for dessert, but both of us left with a slice each of the finest carrot cake we have ever tried.

I consoled myself as I took my leave … safe in the knowledge, should I not be able to get a table next time, at least I can still pick up a takeaway!

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