Sumptuous, elegant, and divine…. and that’s just the building.

The Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel’s stately splendour has long been a hit for couples looking for a beautiful backdrop to their wedding, but the estate is also home to some seriously fine dining. The Tapestry Restaurant, so called because of the wonderfully bright drapes that adorn the walls, has had something of an overhaul, having recently welcomed a new first-rate chef and with it a revamped menu of carefully thought out dishes that show off the chef’s creative flair.

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My date for the evening, my husband, and I began our culinary journey with pre-starter appetizers consisting of olives and homemade bread dipped in olive oil. Served with a lovely and fruity glass of rosé wine, it went particularly well with the beautifully prepared scallops and asparagus tips starter.

My main of risotto with spinach and red pepper with balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes and crisps of parmesan was light and fresh, unusually so for a dish renowned for being a little heavy.  Likewise, the main of halibut was a good sized portion, soft and dusted with just the right amount of seasoning, and served with chunky wedges of chorizo.

Although it was a school night I couldn’t turn down a dessert that had tequila in it. The iced tequila and lime parfait dessert with raspberry sorbet was indeed naughty but it was more than nice. The accompanying mini cherries drenched in fruit brandy weren’t to my liking, but who cared when the sorbet was so good.

Not much of a sweet tooth, my husband tucked into his own dessert of Arran ice cream, served with perfect little pieces of rich dark chocolate.  After three lovely courses, he struggled to finish his final dish, but I managed to help him out. That’s what wives are for, right?

Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB15 9FX
Tel: 01224 868951
www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

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