I spent 4 years studying in Aberdeen and many a night at Josephine’s. This tapas restaurant looks very inconspicuous from the outside, but this sets the scene for an informal and relaxed evening. It’s BYOB, so remember to pick up a bottle of wine or 2 before heading to the restaurant. I’m used to eating here in groups of 2-4, but this time I was part of a group of 8 friends catching up. Josephine’s has a very rustic feel – if you’re expecting fine dining, you won’t find it here. What you will find is great food and a good atmosphere.
Although, I have always received friendly service from the owner, some of the other staff have been quite slow with bringing water and cutlery. Luckily, this time we were here for a relaxed dinner, so we weren’t in a rush, but it’s still helpful to be hydrated. The owner comes across as being very passionate about Spanish food. All of the dishes available for the evening are hand written on a blackboard and he talks through the various dishes with each table. There was a Weekend Deal, which we all decided to go for and included 3 tapas dishes, bread, dessert and corkage for £24.95 per person. At first, I thought the price seemed steep for 3 dishes, but when I realised all the extras that were included and the size of the dishes, I thought it was really good value!
Katie and I decided to share 6 dishes between the 2 of us, which I was pleased about because there was a lot I wanted to order! The goat’s cheese with honey and marmalade was first on my list because it’s one of my favourite dishes ever. We also chose chorizo malaga, patatas bravas, paella, meatballs and gnocchi. I enjoyed everything we ordered, and the goat’s cheese was just as delectable as I remembered!
We had to wait a while to receive our bread but when we did it was great for dipping in the chorizo malaga. The patatas bravas is incredible; the tomato sauce is devine and the potatoes nice and crispy. I’m not normally a huge paella fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and it was a great addition to our selection. We couldn’t eat everything because we were so full and unfortunately that meant that when the desserts arrived I couldn’t even look at them. It’s safe to say we received our money’s worth!
Previously, Josephine’s also served thin-based pizzas alongside their tapas. Unfortunately, pizzas are no longer on the menu, which is a shame because they were incredibly tasty – I have fond memories of the balsamico! However, the tapas is reason enough to visit this quirky restaurant. I enjoyed dining with a large group, but I feel I’ve had my best experience of service when there have been 4 of us. I may not miss being in the Granite City, but I do like the nostalgia that visiting Josephine’s gives me.
Atmosphere – 4.5
Food – 4.5
Price – 4
Service – 3.5
Total – 16.5/20