Recently launching their new brunch menu, I decided to head to Aberdeen’s All Bar One at Marischal Square to get a bite of the action.
Welcomed by assistant general manager Jamie Wilson, myself and my colleague Samantha booked our brunch date for 10am on a Saturday.
Upon arrival, the venue was stunning. The interior design looks as good as it did when it opened earlier last year. Modern and sophisticated, we took a table at the back of the restaurant, one with a view of the Broad Street fountains.
To start, we kicked off our brunch date with the Vo-Go-Go smoothie with spinach, avocado, ginger and lime, and the Berry Blast smoothie which was packed with strawberry, raspberry and blackberry. Blitzed together, my Berry Blast was incredibly smooth and definitely tasty. Although it looked thick, it was rather light on my stomach which meant I had plenty space for food. However, the Vo-Go-Go version was not quite as smooth and had chunks of thick, creamy avocado, making it a little harder to consume through the paper straw. The ginger flavour was prominent and gave the drink a wee kick. But it was quite filling, so my dining partner decided not to finish it all.
Although there was a variety of brunch dishes to choose from, we decided to opt for the vegetarian options to suit my colleague’s dietary requirements. And we ordered a fair few as we’d purposely come hungry.
The Scottish Veggie Breakfast was up first. Boasting Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages, free range eggs, a roasted portobello mushroom, a grilled tomato, baked beans in a salsa sauce, a beetroot hash brown and a side of spinach and a slice of avocado, it was a vibrant spread.
The sausages were well cooked and the beetroot hash brown was incredibly delicious, taring away effortlessly as we tucked in with our forks. The salsa baked beans were the main highlight though, packed with intense flavour, but not too spicy – it was a brunch dish after all – we fought over the last of it.
The Vegan Breakfast Hash quickly followed and we smashed our way through the dish, just like the last. Featuring seasoned diced potatoes, spinach, mushrooms, red onion and tofu, then topped with Sriracha sauce, vegan mayonnaise and fresh herbs, this was one of our favourites on the menu.
All cooked individually and then piled into one bowl, the mushrooms were deliciously soft and the spinach melted in my mouth. The sriracha sauce added a kick to the dish while the creamy vegan mayonnaise calmed the spice almost instantly. It was a battle of spice and cream, balancing one another out beautifully. The tofu was crispy and added texture and depth to the dish, it was rather enjoyable and we cleared the bowl.
Up next was the Protein Egg Pot. The smashed avocado and free range poached egg dish was a feast for the eyes. The array of bright colours instantly demanded our attention, with the bright red fresh chillies and the microherbs on top standing out most. Digging into the dish, it wasn’t until we uncovered the top layer that the pot could be completely appreciated.
Tucked away under the crumbled feta cheese and the spicy chickpeas and chilli was the smashed avocado. Bursting the perfectly poached egg, the yolk dribbled down into the dish, devouring everything it touched. The chilli was incredibly tasty and it was a big eat with all the different layers of the dish adding to the overall taste. You could also add sourdough to the dish for an extra £1.50.
All of the dishes were pretty big, hearty portions, so value for money was no question so far.
Continuing the theme, the Shakshuka was no different. Free range eggs baked in a spicy chickpea, pepper and tomato stew, it was quite similar to the Protein Egg Pot. However, the pepper and tomatoes added that rich sweetness the pot didn’t present. The spinach was cooked throughout and this time, the eggs had been baked rather than poached. However, this made no difference to the consistency of the runny sunshine yellow yolk.
Opting for the vegetarian option, meat lovers can also add chorizo for an additional £2 if desired.
Bellies full, we passed on any hot drinks and opted for a fruity berry cooler. Served in a goblet, the drink boasted a handful of raspberries and was the perfect way to round off our tasty brunch stop.
As well as a range of vegetarian and vegan options there is also bacon and sausage sandwiches, full Scottish breakfast, a range of Belgian waffles, eggs benedict, eggs royale, eggs florentine and more to enjoy.
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