Review: Musa, Aberdeen

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.

Haggis Spring Rolls

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.

Chicken and Chorizo Ballontine

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.

Brad was pretty happy with his Roast Pork Loin

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.

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