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Pavilion Cafe

3My quest for seeing more of Scotland in 2017 continues, albeit sill in a limited range from Aberdeen… My latest trip took me to Montrose – a coastal town between the City and Dundee, which I had previously visited twice – both times on a murky, cold and wet day.

This time, it was a glorious early afternoon, and the coastal route looked mesmerising – even if the drive was a bit hazardous considering the freezing temperatures and ice on the roads. In fact, the trip was worth even just that stunning panorama of the sea shimmering in blissful sunshine…

And that blinding shine continued in Montrose where the low winter sun made it difficult to figure out which way the curious road system was going; however, finding Pavilion Cafe, where I was meeting my dear friend currently living in Forfar, proved pretty straightforward.

Once I reached Melville Gardens, the Pavilion was impossible to miss – it looks like a pavilion after all. As I entered, the place was mobbed (no surprise considering it was Saturday lunchtime), but my friend managed to negotiate two seats at a 4-person table, next to another pair of “girlfriends”, also seemingly catching up on recent affairs.

Mocha at Pavilion Cafe

Mocha at Pavilion Cafe

The waitress arrived straight away to present to us an extensive menu of the day’s soup, quiche, special mains and desserts… out of all that the deli platter caught our ear and – seeing that we had both had a wee breakfast earlier – we decided to share it.

We also went for the coffees at this stage, which arrived quickly after we placed our order; it’s a good job I was immersed in a conversation as my disappointment probably didn’t show as much – a mocha served in a tall glass doesn’t fill me with confidence. Also, the colour of it was quite pale, so I wasn’t expecting a punchy brew; and, sadly, I was right – the coffee was a bit on the weak side, not offering much cocoa sweetness and resembling more a sweetened latte rather than a mocha.

Which was a great shame, because the venue was very warm and welcoming, with huge dose of character and bursting with life; the staff were friendly and easy going but also attentive; and the food was lovely, offering something for everyone’s taste, and more.

Even though I wouldn’t rate the coffee the highest, I would certainly recommend paying the Pavilion a visit – I know I will, even if it’s just for one of the extensive selection of scrumptious looking homemade cakes…

Mocha: £3.00

Verdict justification: So-so coffee but a lovely venue for a quick snack or a longer catchup with friends 

Pavilion Cafe Facebook page

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The Kitchen Works

3-and-half1You’d think you’d have an ample choice of where to go for lunch or coffee, when working in the city centre; but, alas, Aberdeen is a curious place, and after some time you realise there’s only a few venues you’re keen to frequent – at which point any new arrival is a welcome distraction.

I’ve been aware of The Kitchen Works for quite some time (probably soon after its arrival last year), but looking from the outside in, it seemed like a tiny place – and whenever I walked past it (which was hardly a handfull of times), it seemed too busy for a quiet cuppa.

This time, however, I was finished with a meeting and wandering up Union Street at this funny time of “late enough after breakfast, but too early for lunch” – or, in other words: “a coffee would do just nicely”.

Even though the biting winter cold did not encourage long walks, I still decided to venture to the Works, to give my escapade a bit more purpose (coffee research, no less) – and was very surprised to learn that the venue was actually huge, extending far from the narrowish entrance.

Mocha at The Kitchen Works

Mocha at The Kitchen Works

It was also very clean and minimalistic, seeming a bit incomplete, but still harnessing a good dose of charm. The sandwich and cake selection was matchingly scarce, but at least there was hot soup in the pot; more importantly too, mocha appeared on the drinks menu which is all I was after. I made my order and took a seat on the bench by the wall on the right; at this time of day, there were plenty of tables to choose from anyway.

Some time after, the coffee arrived, delivered by the barista’s somewhat uncertain hand; the sight of it didn’t fill me with confidence either, as it resembled more of a cup of cocoa… and tasted like one too.

A bit too hot on arrival, at first I thought the coffee was on the mellow sweet side; but as the brew cooled down a bit, I figured it actually tasted more milky than chocolatey. It had a bit of a caffeine punch to it, but lacked a balance of flavours or smoothness of texture.

Despite that, it was still quite a pleasant drink, even though not the best mocha I’ve had; but if you’re after a bit of peace and quiet in the city – either to do some work on the laptop or to catch up with a friend – you certainly wouldn’t feel out of place or sorts at the Works. Definitely worth a try – who knows, this might turn out to be your new lunch destination of choice!

Mocha: £2.75

Verdict justification: Nice venue in the centre with good coffee – worth a visit

The Kitchen Works website

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