Hello lovelies! Long time no speak. Life’s been a tad hectic so I’ve unfortunately had to put Bonnie Blondie on hold for a while. But I’m back now (yay!) and here with a post on the Union Square Supper Safari!
A supper safari (also known as a progressive dinner or “that thing they did in one episode of Desperate Housewives”), is an event where you go to a new restaurant/house for each course of a dinner. Our location was Aberdeen’s Union Square which, if you don’t know Aberdeen, is our biggest shopping centre and pretty much the hub of the city. Now, I’m in Union Square practically every day, but there are still restaurants that I haven’t tried yet, three of which were destinations on our “safari”, so of course I jumped at the chance to finally get a chance to taste test some new places!
We all gathered at Las Iguanas – the first of the three restaurants I was trying for the first night – for our meeting place where we tried some of their cocktails. I got the Cuban Cherry which is a mix of rum, cherry brandy, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, and almond syrup, and tasted oddly like strawberry laces which was fantastic. I’m a massive rum fan and also anything sweet, so the Cuban Cherry pretty much nailed evey thing I love in an alcoholic drink! They had a pretty extensive drinks menu as well so there’s bound to be something you enjoy, especially if you like fruity drinks!
For starters we headed across the floor to YO! Sushi where we got a quick rundown of the company’s history and new menu from our server who was super enthusiatic about the food and was more than happy to give us advice on what to pick especially as, you guessed it, YO! Sushi was yet another of the stops that I had never tried before (and he also mentioned BABYMETAL were doing a concert at the flagship London restaurant which got me incredibly excited, I love me some BABYMETAL).
Back to the food, I ordered the hoisin duck rolls and the chicken fried rice which I had split opinions about. The hoisin duck rolls were incredible and I could easily eat nothing but those until a died. Seriously, is there anything better in this world than duck with hoisin sauce?! The chicken fried rice was OK, nowhere near as good as the duck rolls, but I’m not sure if it’s because the rolls were just that good or if I just wasn’t keen on the chicken. Probably a mix of both, to be honest. I also got some green tea which is always a good shout, no matter the cuisine you’re eating!
Next we scooted along to Byron Burgers who I’ve written about extensively before. This visit I went for a Monterey Jack cheeseburger along with a dirty Oreo milkshake (i.e. it’s got a shot of rum in it). The rum-infused milkshake was definitely better than the “normal” milkshake (although both are pretty damn fab) however, I do prefer the Byron burger to a “plain” cheeseburger. Still tasted incredible though – as always!
Finally, we ended up at Carluccio’s which was also the final restaurant I was at for the first time that day. I was suitably stuffed after all that food but I somehow managed to make room for some vanilla gelato. You can never go wrong with some gelato and I honestly think it tastes better than ice-cream. Alas, I didn’t manage all of it but I gave it a good go!
Basically, I ended up rolling home after all this but oh my God was it worth it! I’ve now discovered three new spots to drag my friends to for food and I can’t wait to try out some of the items for the other courses we missed on this wee safari!
Have you ever been to any of the chains we visited on our supper safari? What’s your favourite restaurant to visit? Tell me in the comments below!
I was invited to try out these restaurants by Frank PR for Union Square.