So after a last minute decision and a bit of luck, my group and I managed to snare the last table at Musa last night. It was my first time eating there – or any restaurant in Aberdeen for that matter – and I can confidently say that it set the bar pretty high for my future dining experiences.
Firstly, the building and decor is just beautiful. Located in a refurbished church, Musa manages to retain the charm and dignity of the original church while keeping a warm and welcoming atmosphere for their guests. We were led up the stairs by a friendly staff member to a great table set up underneath a stained-glass window.
When presented with the drinks list, I was impressed by the substantial range of both bottled and tap beers from local brewers and around the world. I spied with excited the Brooklyn Lager – one of my all time favourites.
The food menu was a good size, and all the dishes read as delicious. After much deliberation, I settled on the Haggis Spring Rolls for my starter, and the Seared Chicken and Chorizo Ballontine as a main.
I should confess that this was the first time I’d ever tried haggis, so I can’t really compare it to any other haggis dishes out there. But, as a standalone dish, I loved it. The spring roll was fresh and crispy, and the haggis was subtle, slightly spicy and very yummy. The rolls were served with a tomato chilli jam and apricot pieces, which complimented the dish well.
My main was also a success. The ballontine was served on a wild mushroom and truffle risotto, which in my opinion, was the star of the dish. The chicken and chorizo was nice without being spectacular, though the chicken was a little dry if I’m going to be very picky. However, the mushroom and truffle risotto was AMAZING. I could easily have just eaten that as my main and gone home in a sleepy but satisfied carb coma.
It should also be noted that drinks menu also featured a good wine list and substantial range of whisky. I had a small glass of Rioja with my main, and it went down an absolute treat.
Though too full after my main for my own dessert, I did sneak a few mouthfuls of Brad’s Chocolate Orange Sticky Toffee pudding, which was yummy, but perhaps a tad forgettable after my incredible risotto.
Overall, I loved Musa. It had great food, drinks and service in a unique yet welcoming atmosphere. I read on their website that they offer live music some nights, and I’ve a feeling that would be an awesome experience. I’ll certainly be back. And – to be perfectly honest – I’ll probably order the risotto.