When a leaflet came through my door with the new launch of their gastro pub for The Dunavon in Aberdeen, Dyce, I was salivating over the vast selection and variety of the dishes. Me, the boy and one of our good friends decided to pay this place a visit. The restaurant is called Bryson's Restaurant but I believe the entire place is actually called Dunavon. It's not clear which name they actually go by...
We went on a Saturday night and I was sure to book a table. My first impressions making the booking over the phone wasn't great, the man on the phone sighed his way through the booking making me feel like I was an inconvenience to them. I decided to shrug it off and look forward to what would be a delicious meal. The table was booked for 7pm but we had arrived slightly early at 6.45pm but we were seated promptly.
The atmosphere was buzzing with many diners in good spirits. The interior looked really nice and cosy, certainly a place that I would go on a first date. We sat there for about 15 minutes without menus or an offer of a drink whereby the boy had to get up and approach someone at the bar for a menu. The server was apologetic and took our drinks order thereafter. We did notice there was only 3 or 4 servers that night for the whole restaurant and perhaps understaffed.
Then we were in for another wait to order food. Not a good sign again but by looking at the food passing by our table, it looked like we were in for a treat. When we finally ordered and had some good chats, our meal came and it looked delicious!
I ordered the Black Mac n Cheese and sweet potato fries. The mac and cheese had black pudding scattered over the top with bits of bacon mixed in with the pasta and bound together with creamy cheese sauce. It was divine! The boy ordered the steak mince burger which looked really good but he commented on the fact his fries didn't look up to scratch.
When our plates were cleared, we decided to skip on pudding at the risk of waiting longer but when we asked for the bill, it never came. We then paid at the bar to save the server another task.
Overall, the meal was fantastic and at a 'Vanessa temperature' which equates to being very hot! But the service let the whole thing down and in total we were there for an hour and 45 minutes and we only had one course and one round of soft drinks. We would go again but perhaps once the crowd has died down after the launch of their new gastro pub and perhaps on a weekday but I'm so sorry Bryson's....you won't be seeing us again any time soon :(