The Malmaison in Aberdeen is part of the boutique hotel chain and we visited on a Sunday night when many restos are closed. The evening did not start well – we had booked for 8 o’clock but when we arrived they said they had the booking was for 8.30 so we had to wait. But, to be fair, we were offered drinks on the house.
The interior is simply weird – traditional granite exterior but the interior is predominately black. The dining area has been designed as a warehouse with exposed services etc. I didn’t like it much. The weirdness increased when we were finally seated beside the glass fronted meat room. So, we dined looking at pieces of raw meat and steaks. I’m not squeamish about such things but I’m sure some people would not be happy.
The food wasn’t bad. Starter was guinea fowl stovies – guinea fowl with potatoes – which is hardly a normal type of stovies but it was quite tasty. Main was a fish pie – fish with a crispy pastry topping – but, for no obvious reason, it was served in a pan with a handle. Pudding was flapjack (bit too chewy) with drambuie ice cream.
Meal was reasonably priced (£17.95) for 3 courses and well cooked. Wine was stupidly expensive – the markup is a disgrace, with no reasonably priced house wines. We ended up with an English rose – which was OK but not memorable.
Visited, September 2010. I doubt if we’ll be back – food was not good enough to compensate for the weirdness and the pricey wine.