This is a rather belated review of Fusion Bar and Bistro in Aberdeen where we had the tasting menu in December. We’ve been there in 2010 with friends and had a wonderful meal – very imaginative dishes – and so were keen to go back.
The tasting manu had the usual structure – an amuse bouche, 2 starters, a fish and meat course then 2 desserts.
The amuse bouche was essentially a carrot soup – OK but frankly not very exciting. The first starter, was more interesting – polenta with mushroom. The second starter was also very competently executed – but again, ham hock terrine is not really very imaginative.
Both the fish and meat courses were excellent. My favourite dish was the sea bass and the fillet steak was juicy and tasty.
The pre-dessert was a simple sorbet, followed by a toffee apple panacotta. Both were nice but neither had the ‘wow’ factor. Panna cotta, to be honest, is now a bit of a cliche.
My daughter decided that she would like to try the cheese – and she was disappointed. Considering how many excellent cheese there are from the North-east of Scotland, this was an unimaginative selection.
Writing this more than a month after our meal, it is indicative of the meal that it is hard to remember much about it.
The meal was enjoyable, the service was excellent. The restaurant wasn’t busy but the overall atmosphere was good. Apart from the cheese, which was dull, everything was competently cooked. Yet – compared to our outstanding experience the previous year, the meal was unimaginative. Talking to the sommelier (who was very knowledgable), we discovered that there had been a change of chef and this is undoubtedly the reason for the change.
Tasting menus are expensive – this was about £50/head and you expect something rather different. We really didn’t get it here and I can’t recommend it as an experience.