If there’s one place to try this Aberdeen Restaurant Week, then it’s Cafe Harmony.
I had the pleasure of attending Cafe Harmony for a sneak preview of their Aberdeen Restaurant Week menu ahead of the foodie week commencing on Monday 24th February 2020.
Cafe Harmony is a quaint restaurant situated on Bon Accord Terrace in the centre of Aberdeen – brilliant for stopping by after a long day of work to brighten up your day or a bite to eat after browsing the shopping centres and spending more than you would like to admit, all while being accessible on foot from Union Street.
If you have been spend-happy, then you can take joy in knowing that for this week you can have a 3-course meal for only £20 when dining at Cafe Harmony.
Cafe Harmony’s Ethos
A welcoming Sicilian restaurant, Cafe Harmony is passionate about promoting the incredible artisan food and beverage producers within the North East of Scotland. They to serve a delicious Italian menu that consists of mainly Scottish produce – both to reduce the negative impact on the environment and support local businesses in our economy.
The restaurant is spurred on by Sicilian chef, Franco, and the accommodating waiting team. From the moment you walk in, you feel relaxed and are greeted with a smile. Even when matters out with their hands arise, like unruly customers, which is obviously few and far between, the team are quick to act and make sure their customers are comfortable.
Cafe Harmony Interior
The relaxed vibes are continued through the decor of the restaurant. Look around and see an eclectic mix of wooden tables and chairs and Scottish nicknacks showing homage to its roots. You will also come across the twinkle of fairy lights, greenery and a calm, muted colour scheme that will leave you feeling homely.
Cafe Harmony Drinks
Staying true to their ethos, the drink selection at Cafe Harmony is truly Scottish. Whether you fancy a beer, gin or just a soft drink, Cafe Harmony offers the local produce. For the beer fans, they offer a selection of Six Degrees North beers (brewer in Laurencekirk) and Brew Toon beers (brewed in Peterhead). If gin is more your scene, then there is Esker gin from Aberdeenshire, Porter’s gin and The House of Botanicals gin, both distilled in Aberdeen. Something harder perhaps? Well, even the tequila is from Aberdeen so enjoy!
For the drivers, a selection of lemonade flavours like Misty, Hint O’ Mint and Scottish Raspberry) from Summer House Drinks are a strong option. Produced in Fraserburgh on a family farm, the drinks are handmade using only natural ingredients and no artificial flavours.
Cafe Harmony Starters
Now onto the main event – the food. To start Cafe Harmony treat you to Concasse Tomato Bruschetta, Hummus served with Warm Pitta Bread or Patatas Bravas.
We opted for the Hummus and Pitta Bread and Patatas Bravas on this occasion but I would definitely love to try the bruschetta.
The flavoursome, chickpea hummus was incredibly moreish, hitting you with a garlic tang. Dipped into the hummus, the warm pita bread with hints of a tomato sauce is delightful on the tastebuds. Sided with the generous bowl of crispy potato wedges, with its slightly spicy, smokey tomato sauce, topped any Patatas bravas I’ve ever previously consumed. The flavour was unique and not one to be forgotten.
All starter options are vegan-friendly which makes the menu onto a winner.
Cafe Harmony Main Courses
For the main course, the options available during Aberdeen Restaurant Week are Vegetable Tagine, Spaghetti Carbonara or Grilled Chicken Breast with Seasonal Roasted Vegetables with the choice of a cream mushroom or sundries tomato sauce.
I instantly chose the Vegetable Tagine, partly because of my conscious effort to eat as plant-based as possible but mainly because it sounded lovely.
Another generous helping, the tagine with its chunky, roasted peppers, carrots and potatoes on a bed of aromatic couscous makes it a hearty, yet healthy meal. The rich tomato sauce is bursting with spices and the vegetables are cooked to perfection. What’s even better? This dish is all plant-based!
A firm choice of the night was also the Spaghetti Carbonara. Blair isn’t shy to a carbonara so when he mentioned while eating that this was one of the best he has tried it says it all. The creamy, egg-yolk-style classic pasta dish, with pancetta sprinkled through, is comfort food at its finest.
Cafe Harmony Desserts
To finish off the evening, you can choose between Sorbet or Tiramisu.
Tiramisu, an Italian staple, is what we both decided to devour for our last course. The coffee-infused dessert, with its layers of coffee-dipped ladyfingers and cream-like mixture, gives your sweet-tooth it’s fix while not being sickly sweet. The dessert melts in your mouth which ended our night on a high.
If you’re looking for an atmospheric Italian Restaurant this Aberdeen Restaurant Week then look no further. The food is evidently made with care and love and the staff are enthusiastic and inviting.
We will definitely be back to Cafe Harmony soon!
To book, quote ‘Aberdeen Restaurant Week’ which will allow you to receive the special menu. This can be done by telephone on 01224 580590 or visiting https://www.cafeharmony.co.uk.
I’d love to know if you head along to Cafe Harmony and your thoughts afterwards so leave your comments down below. I know you’ll enjoy your time there as much as we did.