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Bar, European, British, Scottish, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined here on a Thursday night. The restaurant was very quiet which was a shame as the food and service was brilliant. Our waitress explained the menu to us and talked us through the dishes when they arrived too. Due to a changeover of...menu there were a few dishes not available and also worth noting that the online menu was different to the menu that is served. For starter we had the Korean chicken and red, white, black and haggis puddings. Both delicious big portions and lots of flavour. The steak frites was so tender and the wontons were amazing. Really big portions. Staff went out of there way for you and were so attentive. Will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped off here whilst visiting Aberdeen to see a show. We chose this restaurant based on their online menu and the one outside the restaurant as we wanted somewhere that could give options for both ourselves as meat eaters and our friends that are...veggie and vegan. The restaurant was very quiet when we got there and we were quickly seated. The decor is lovely and the fig tree in the middle of the restaurant was interesting. However the first disappointment was that the restaurant menu was nothing like we had looked at online/outside and offered very little choice for our friends and that as they were changing from an off to a peak season menu several of the choices were not available.Most of the meals did not come with any side dishes , with things like veg or chips having to be ordered as extras. We had a very long wait for our meals to come, which we could not understand as there was hardly any diners there . They also seemed to be very over staffed with 5 staff standing around the bar chatting most of the time we were there . Meals were ok , but nothing special , and the pie that I had was was so scalding hot it had lost all its taste and I had to wait 10 minutes before it was cool enough to even try to eat. We ordered dessert but had to ask them to serve it quickly or we would be late for the show , ( we had already been there 1.5 hrs ) but they made a real fuss about having to ask the chef if he could do this. Would have really liked to have given this restaurant a better review but think they need to think about the menu they offer, make sure they keep it updated everywhere and improve service and wait timeMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous sunday lunch. Friendly staff, comfortable restaurant and really delicious food. Lovely pink roast beef and some of the best roast potatoes that I've ever had.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

Don't miss the opportunity to visit here if you are in Aberdeen. The combination of flavours in the dishes we had was awesome. Service was friendly.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Very pleasant, quiet, relaxed luncheon for Valentine’s Day, menu extensive, one member of staff we met, Callum who was most hospitable, he was kind putting me near a radiator, it was a cold day, never rushed, most attentive!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

We visited as a family of 7 … 4 Adults 3 children. On entering the restaurant it has the “braided fig” tree as a centre piece which sets the scene of a smart but not pretentious restaurant. The service was great, attentive and helpful. We...got drinks and ordered the food. As requested the children got their food out first and it was not only delicious but you could tell it was quality. There was then the potential of an issue that the adult mains were taking a while HOWEVER, after asking the question they duly came … and to refer to the heading … my goodness it was worth the wait .. 2 roast dinners 2 x chicken pies. This food was clearly freshly prepared and delicious doesn’t do it justice… The Braided fig is off Union St and it is absolutely worth searching out if you want an a meal that will send your tastebuds into a frenzy !More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024

We enjoyed three courses to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant we both felt lacked atmosphere it was not busy on a Friday night and all the customers were seated together in the same section. Allergies well catered for without fuss and as the menus are...printed on paper, the dishes that were suitable for me were clearly indicated. Good selection of wines although some were on the pricey side. The only real negative - the place was very cold! All of the waiting staff were efficient and friendly. Service charge is added on but you do have the option to remove it.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 January 2024 via mobile

Lack of vegetables and salad options, seemed like the Chef was happy we didn’t order desserts so he didn’t have to prepare them. Menu options were confusing and not explained. During restaurant week all a had to select off the same menu. The limited menu...explored was good but this is the closest to a Fawlty Towers restaurant experience I have ever had. Really could be good but….More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024 via mobile

Copy of the email below I sent to the restaurant ( 8th Dec 23), sent a reminder... No reply back. hello, I thought would like to highlight how our meal went on Friday. we had a table booked with 21 guests on Friday at 15.30,...we turned up on time but the tables were not ready, some people left and went next door for a drink while others waited. we came back approx 20 mins and still waiting for a table, eventually at 16.45 we were all seated. as our food choices were selected prior to the day it would be quick service, far from it. approx 30 mins for the starters to arrive and then another big wait for the mains approx 30 to 40 mins , the meal was nice but everybody potatoes were cremated and there were not a lot of vegetables. then finally desert this was the biggest wait at least 45 mins, we also ordered Irish coffees and some liquors for the tables of which never turned up, at the end of the meal we checked the receipt and were charged for them. I did speak with the bar person and refund was given back for twenty pounds all in all it was about 20.00 before we left the restaurant for a table booked at 15.30.  I am not speaking on behalf of the company but as an individual who paid to have a Christmas meal, with the delay of table, the time to be served, potatoes not eatable, charged for drinks we never got ill leave it to you how you think it went prior to me writing reviews on forums.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

We visited The Braided Fig as part of Aberdeen Restaurant Week. The menu offering compared to some of the other venues taking part seemed one of the best. We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and were told that it would be a bit...of a wait until we could order our food. I thought this was odd and a bit concerning that they were somewhat unwilling to accommodate early dinners. Anyway, they said that we could have a drink while we wait, which was fine. That said, it took them almost 15 minutes after sitting down to offer a drink. When we were eventually given the menu, everything sounded tasty. We asked if we could order our desserts after our main meal, which I understand to be standard procedure, and were told we had to order everything at once. Again, I found this odd and a bit awkward for the sake of it. The food was good and tasted very nice, and I had no complaints really. A small point to note is that it was disappointing that that the Chicken "K.F.C" starter was clearly frozen chicken fillets as opposed to home made fried chicken. Also, again I was a bit disappointed that the burger was not home made, which you could tell from the taste. The service was so-so, some of the servers were more on the ball that others. The wait between courses was a tad too long. We were in there for around 2.5 hours and didn't ever request a break between courses. In terms of the restaurant itself, I am of the view that it could do with a freshen up in decor. I remember visiting here probably over 10+ years ago and recall the place looking the same. My partner thought the same and he has never been before. Would I visit The Braided Fig again? Yes, but not in a rush. I think it is in a prime location, with overall good quality food. I think with a freshen up on the decor and some further staff training it would really be a fantastic venue.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

Worst meal ever. The bread with my soup was rock hard, dry and inedible. The main course was disgusting. The Turkey was tasteless and had a spongy texture, yuk. The potatoes were burnt and really greasy. The Owner stonewalled me when I complained and ask...for a price reduction. Didn't care, not interested. Absolutely never going there again.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 December 2023

Have visited many times for dinner /lunch so had high expectations of a social xmas lunch with friends. As a group of 26 who had pre booked our menu it was a surprise that we waited an hour for our starter. It was also a...surprise that the staff apparently were aware how cold the premises are!!!!. Many in our party were unable to take their coats/hats off throughout due to the temperature. There is one radiator visible , but we were told the building is a cold one and difficult to heat. The food once it arrived was variable. The beef for which a supplement was paid I am told was brilliant; The turkey was apparently lovely and certainly was a huge portion but the vegetarian option , celeriac, although pleasant , was not particularly exciting and as a main course was unacceptable ( some grated carrot in a dressing with a gungy sauce . a miniscule scraping of apple accompanying maybe 5 small slices of celeriac. .where was the trimmings that went with everyone else's meal???? ) The puddings were all lovely. The staff were all lovely but.............as lovely as they all were , appeared to have little training? One waitress when asked about the soup had no knowledge what it was(she had had one hour to find out what she was serving???) when coffee/tea came the distribution was extremely haphazard..as a former waitress I appreciate it is hard to negotiate older/deafer/ and large groups where alcohol is involved but as a non drinker in the group I did feel that by coffee I had given up, as had the staff who seemed to have little interest in whether tea/ coffee was delivered; the young lady serving my husband and I seemed reluctant to actually pour any into our cups. Overall it wasn't the worst service/meal I've ever had , but there is definitely room for improvement which is why I have written this review as constructive(hopefully) criticism because the staff were all very smiley and lovely and will hopefully continue to be.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

Our first time here and I wish I’d gone sooner! We were looking for a good Sunday roast and I’d read good reviews of The Braided Fig so booked a table. It was terrific. The most succulent beef - cooked perfectly and all the trimmings....Skirlie which was just superb and fabulous roast tats done in duck fat - crunchy and tasty. Lovely Yorkshire pud and a little extra pot of their gravy which was perfect. Tasty veg - glazed carrots, broccoli and cauliflower so quite a plate of food. Perfectly presented on warmed plates by our friendly and knowledgeable server. Really can’t fault it and I’ll be back here very soon to try the rest of the menu which also looks superb. Altogether a fantastic lunch in a lovely venue. Thanks to all the staff!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023 via mobile

Best restaurant food I've had in a very long time. Exquisitely well balanced flavours in my scallop starter as well as the fish of the day main. All perfectly cooked and looking gorgeous on the plate. Service here was excellent, friendly, knowledgeable, confident and attentive....Lovely environment too. Thank you allMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

Arrived a little late but was surprised to see so few diners. Service was friendly and attentive. Had a tasty and well loaded brushetta. The had the lamb with asparagus,peas in a sauce...very nice. Can recommend.

Date of visit: September 2023
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