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Restaurant review: Gallery Bar, Chester Hotel, Aberdeen

© Kenny ElrickThe Chester oozes city chic with great food
The Chester oozes city chic with great food

The Gallery Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or two created by master mixologists.

Location

Perfectly located in the city’s West End.

First impressions

Supremely stylish while simultaneously relaxed and comfortable.

Service

Swift, professional and friendly. We arrived on a blustery day for a pre-booked lunch and were immediately greeted by a smiling server and led to a comfortable table for two. Our order was taken within minutes.

Menu

The lunch menu at The Gallery Bar has a tasty selection of starters, main courses, dishes from its Josper Grill as well as salads, sandwiches and deserts. It boasts produce from largely local companies.

Taste

My guest and I shared a starter of Haggis bon bons that came with traditional HP sauce on the side. We agreed they were the best we’d tasted. Undecided on her main course – Katsu cod loin or truffle macaroni cheese – my guest finally plumped for the former that came coated in panko breadcrumb, accompanied by charred tenderstem broccoli and Katsu sauce.

The cleared plate spoke for itself. I went for scampi panko-breaded langoustine tail with fries, crushed garden peas and homemade tartare sauce – it was absolutely delicious. The langoustine tail was plump and succulent although the sauce was a little heavy on the gherkin.

Ambience

Oozes city chic. This restaurant wouldn’t be out of place on New York’s swanky Upper East Side.

Price

With drinks our bill came to a little over £75 – which seems fair enough given the quality and location.