Recently I took my first trip to BrewDog Union square with Kirsty. We are both big fans of BrewDog but hadn’t visited this particular restaurant so after a morning of shopping we decided to stop by and see if the atmosphere matched the other restaurants in Aberdeen.
The decor is dark, quirky and the open beams of wood as a ceiling gives it a sort of industrial vibe.
There is a mixture of high and low tables and there is a large open bar at the back of the restaurant. One of the walls was covered in a big graffiti mural which definitely adds to the laid back experience.
BrewDog is known for great burgers and I found out that they also do a range of vegetarian / vegan options, wings and pizza too!
I decided to go for a faithful favourite that I knew was going to taste good – The Cluck Noris. The burger is made up of buttermilk fried chicken, (a lot of) avocado, red onion, cajun mayo & coriander in a sesame and poppy seeded brioche bun.
Presentation wise this burger doesn’t look the best and I think most of the burgers are sort of ‘thrown’ together but in a good way, if that makes sense. Taste wise – amazing. The chicken is crispy yet juicy and the spiciness of the cajun mayo is balanced well with the creamy-ness of the avocado. The menu recommends that you have this burger with a pint of Lost Lager but unfortunately I was the designated driver on this occasion so a coke had to do!
Kirsty recently review the Beyond Meat Burger which is one of BrewDogs vegan options and as tempted as she was to go for that again, she decided to choose the Spicy Meaty pizza instead.
We were both intrigued about what was going to arrive as neither of us actually knew Pizza’s were an option. The Spicy Meaty was made up of ‘nduja, spicy pepperoni, chilli flakes, smashed napoli tomatoes and of course Scottish mozzarella. BrewDog recommend having this pizza with a pint of the classic Punk IPA however Kirsty opted for a half pint of Elvis Juice.
No meal is complete without sides and after a busy day of shopping we were ready for them all! Our first side was of course sweet potato fries – something I absolutely have to order every single time I’m there because they are that good!
As fans of spicy food we were keen for something with a kick and opted for 3 buffalo chicken wings and 3 buffalo cauliflower. The buffalo sauce was so good – you could smell the spice on them when they came over. The cauliflower side was new to us both but I would absolutely recommend giving them a try! They were soft and crunchy and tasted way better than I could ever have imagined.
I will always be a big fan of BrewDog however I don’t know that I’ll be rushing back to this one in particular. This is nothing to do with the staff, the vibe or the food but more because I don’t think it’s their most convenient location for me. I don’t see myself heading to that restaurant without having my car. If you live near Union Square then I think this is a great place to visit for some great tasting food and beers! My two go-to beers are Kingpin or Zombie Cake – give them a try next time you’re there!
What’s your favourite BrewDog beer? Lemme know in the comments!