Last week I went for a dinner out at the Aberdeen branch of the chain tapas restaurant Cafe Andauluz. In comparison to other chain tapas restaurants this has always ranked high in my eyes, but this time there was something a bit lacking.

Since it was (just) before 6.30pm there was an offer on of three tapas (from quite a large selected menu) for £12.95. I always try and have something different every time I go somewhere, and this was no different. 

I decided on the Berenjenas Rellenas De Pimientos, aubergine with cous cous, peppers, sultanas, in a tomato and basil sauce topped with Manchego cheese. This was pretty tasty, although not much aubergine in the dish. 

I also went for the Carrillada De Cerdo, pork cheeks, chickpeas and thyme in a red wine, paprika, chilli and honey glaze. Wow this was brilliant! Such a rich red wine sauce, delicious. Plus the meat was super soft and falling apart. 

My third choice was Vieires Con Serrano, seared scallops on basil creamed leeks, with crispy Serrano ham. This was beautiful, the scallops were perfectly cooked and fresh, plus the creamed leeks were lovely.

My sister is a vegetarian, so tapas is high up on her favourite type of food as there is still so much choice. To start she ordered a glass of sangria, which wasn’t the best… Not very light or fruity, quite disappointing.

Her three choices for her meal were, Tortilla Espanola, Ensalada Marroqui (roast sweet potato, parsnip and chickpeas with a tomato dressing) and Ensalada Andaluza (salad of asparagus tips, artichokes and sundried tomatoes). All were very well enjoyed.

After we thought we could squeeze in a pudding, but after a bit of a break. Although once ordered pudding it came quickly, slightly too quickly, in a matter of a few minutes so it must have been prepared ready to go.

I went for the Creme brûlée with raspberries, from the description I was expecting more than a garnish of couple of almost off raspberries. Although the Creme brûlée was delicious, super smooth with a very crunchy sweet topping. And was huge! Couldn’t finish it, would definitely be one to share.

My sister went for the berry pavlova, which was beautifully presented. Can’t really go wrong with meringue, cream and berries.

Overall was a great meal, tasty dishes and good value for money, with just a couple of things letting it down.