Launching a new food and drinks menu recently, it only seemed fitting to head along to The Spiritualist on Langstane Place in Aberdeen to try out the offering.
Joined by my boyfriend, we arrived for our booking on Saturday at noon sharp. Shown to our seats by a friendly waitress, we scanned the menu looking for stand-out dishes.
Spying the new range of frozen cocktails, we deliberated between ourselves to figure out who would be driving later, resulting in me getting the chance to sample the Blood Orange Slush I had my eye on.
Both liking the look of the hanging grills, I decided to opt for something a little different to showcase the range of dishes The Spiritualist boasts.
Ordering our drinks, a can of Ting for him, we admired the beautiful aesthetic of the eatery which included a ‘cocktails’ neon sign on the wall and a carnival horse hidden downstairs near the toilets.
It didn’t take long for our drinks to arrive so we soon had our food orders placed and with the kitchen in no time.
The cocktail boasted a sour kick which ended on a sweeter finish. The tangy orange cocktail reminded me of a refreshing can of Tango with a slight alcoholic kick which made it very tasty. Served with a slice of dehydrated orange to garnish, I was impressed with the concoction which was one of four frozen drinks available.
Having passed on breakfast, we both opted for a starter. The Cold Town beer braised pork, pepper and mozzarella calzones peaked by boyfriend’s interest, and I was sold on the chipotle and maple marinated chicken wings with a sour cream and chive sauce.
Served with a spicy tomato sauce, the doughy pizza-esque starter was packed with filling. Soft, the dough soaked up the ingredients inside. The pork was lovely, while the cheese proved quite stringy. My boyfriend commented on the lack of pepper, but was certain it had been used in the sauces that were getting sucked up by the dough.
The spicy tomato sauce was rich and very flavourful. It had a vibrancy to it, both in taste and appearance and was great for dipping the mini calzones into.
My starter was also incredibly tasty. The chicken was succulent and lathered in the barbecue-inspired marinade and the portion was very generous for one person. There was plenty of meat on the wings and it tore away with no effort required. Topped with chopped spring onion, the sour cream and chive sauce went very well with the wings, however, I was enjoying the wings so much I forgot to use so much of the dip.
The sauce made my starter the stand out and was definitely a highlight of our visit to The Spiritualist.
Onto the next cocktail and it was a Cosmopolitan which made an appearance. The fruity, sharp cranberry, orange and vodka-based drink was presented in a martini glass.
One of the bar’s specialties, the hanging grill was a must-try. Many of my friends had ordered one before, so it was about time we experienced one.
My boyfriend decided to try out the drunk chicken and red onion grill. Served with bourbon glaze, he took the ramekin of sauce, pouring it down the skewer as instructed. The sauce dripped down the meat and vegetables, and landed on his Mexicana fries.
The chicken was chargrilled and was ever so slightly overcooked to his liking. The sauce definitely helped in masking this, and the pungent, juicy red onion did so too.
His Mexicana fries definitely put a smile on his face. Covered in crushed tortilla chips, smashed avocado, chopped red chilies, jalapenos, cheddar cheese and sour cream, the portion was on the larger size, making it a big eat for one person.
Light and fluffy themselves, the chips were crunchy and the ends still had the skin on, giving them a little crispy crunch.
I on the other hand, tried out the steak ciabatta. I had toyed with a few different options, but the harissa mayonnaise and the caramelised onion had me sold.
The steak itself was flat iron. The ciabatta bun sandwiched the steak, the caramelised onions, baby gem lettuce and harissa mayonnaise all together. The steak was lovely and there were two slices of it cut up within the roll. The caramelised onions were sparce, but sweet and cooked well. The mayonnaise added a nice wee creamy element to the dish.
The sandwich came with the option of having fries or soup – fries it was for me. I didn’t finish it all, but I managed to polish off the steak.
Rounding off our visit with something sweet, we had our heads back in the menu deliberating what we’d share. The white chocolate and Nutella cheesecake sounded tempting, as did the brownie cheesecake square, but it was the baked chocolate chip cookie dough that won.
Arriving piping hot, it didn’t take long for the salted caramel ice cream that sat on top of the thick, creamy cookie dough to melt all over it. The dark chocolate sauce drizzled across it brought a niggle of bitterness to the dish, but it was the luscious milk chocolate in the warm cookie dough that got better with every spoonful.
Extremely sweet, we polished it off between us and relaxed back into the booth we’d made our home for the hour and a half we’d stayed at the restaurant.
It’s safe to say there’s plenty of choice at The Spiritualist and with dishes like crispy katsu chicken salad bowls, mini kebabs, pasta of the day, slow roasted red peppers, battered haddock and chips and so much more available, all tastes and diets are catered for.
Check out the full menu here.