This is not a review of the hotel itself as we didn't stay there, but a review of the restaurant/bistro part.
My wife and I have had lunch there on a few occasions when visiting Aberdeen city centre. There are a variety of other 'theme' restaurants just across the way in Union Square, but in those you are just another table. In Sopranos we are always made to feel welcome and our time is valued. There is always a pleasant greeting from the efficient, polite staff.
The food is always cooked fresh, so don't be surprised to wait 20+ minutes for it as it will be worth the wait. Highly recommended is the pizza, which we had heard about from other customers, as it is one of the best I have ever tasted. Very authentic. Another favourite is the fish and chips with very chunky chips. Being just across from the harbour the fish is extremely fresh and delicious.
The lunch menu is also very reasonably priced and there is a good selection of wines available.
The only disappointing thing to comment on is the introduction of Starbucks branded coffee. There is nothing wrong with the coffee itself, but there is huge display fridge which is wheeled in every morning (then wheeled out again before the evening custom) and is positioned just inside the front door but taking up room at one of the best tables. Not only does the fridge face completely the wrong way so the contents are not on display to anyone but people at one table, but it makes sitting at that table, overlooking the street and harbour, not particularly comfortable. It feels like this enormous fridge is bearing down on you! Such a shame that the Starbucks franchising means they have to use this fridge and display but there isn't actually anywhere appropriate for it to go. We were fortunate that the bar was quiet when we went in so we had other tables to choose from, but would have liked to use our favourite table.
All in all though, we are really satisfied with the service and food in Sopranos and would commend everyone to go there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique baronial style hotel in the heart of Aberdeen's city centre. Adjacent to the train station, harbour and airport bus link. At the entrance of the city's Merchant Quarter with it's independent boutiques, bars and brasseries. Two minutes walk from all the key theatres, art galleries and museums. Superb Wine Bar and Mediterranean restaurant with live entertainment at weekends. ... more less
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