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Josephine's Restaurant (Aberdeen)

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18, Holburn Street, Aberdeen. Tel = +44(0)1224-582300.

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      21.01.2013 15:16
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      Perfect for lovely food and a catch up with friends!

      Josephine's in a restaurant on Holburn Street, Aberdeen, which has been open for just over 10 years. It serves Italian tapas and has a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy creating a very relaxed atmosphere. Decor: It has to be said, Josephine's is not the most appealing restaurant if based on looks alone. It is amongst a set of terraced shops and businesses and doesn't stand out at all. The exterior looks run down and consists of a large window with stickers detailing the name and type of restaurant. This window is also usually steamed up during open hours so doesn't "invite" you like most restaurants would. The inside decor in Josephine's seems quite dated although I feel it almost suits the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. Food & Drink: I LOVE the food in Josephine's. I am always a fan of tapas anyway as I feel it is a great way to eat amongst friends. It is traditionally Italian/Spanish tapas with dishes like scallops, prawn pil pil and potatoes bravas amongst many others. The tapas dishes are around £6 each and I feel that this is completely reasonable for the size of the dish. Everything I have tried in Josephine's has been perfectly cooked, seasoned and presented; I have never felt let down. As it is BYOB, I have never drank anything from the bar in Josephine's. The corkage fee to take your own alcohol is only £3 and so it is a much cheaper option than most restaurants where a glass of wine is the same price as a bottle in a supermarket. Atmosphere: I feel it's important to stress that there is a very relaxed atmosphere within Josephine's. The manager is not dressed as you would typically find in a restaurant, but I have always found him to be friendly and professional. He also seems to know his menu inside out which is always appreciated when trying to decide what to have! As it is BYOB it can sometimes get a bit rowdy however most of the time it is filled with tables of friends chatting and laughing. I always find there is a relaxed buzz in the restaurant accompanied by relaxed classic rock playing in the background. In my experience I have always found that the staff don't pester you or hurry you out the door and so the evening can really be enjoyed. Overall: I love going to Josephine's for a catch up with friends as I feel it has the perfect atmosphere. If you are looking for tasty food without the fuss then this is definitely the perfect option! I have dropped one star as it isn't the prettiest/most appealing restaurant from the outside.

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        02.02.2001 20:15
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        Jospehine's Restaurant is a new eating establishment that has recently opened up. It is situated on Holburn Street, Union Street end, Aberdeen. It is located fairly central and is easy accessable for anyone who wants to eat in a restaurant located within Aberdeen City. It is open both for lunch as well as for dinner. The last sitting you can book for in the evening is at 9 o'clock. It is a fairly small establishment so it does create quite a cosy atmosphere. Perfect for taking your partner out for a nice meal. It has a modern decor, lots of mirrors and steel. The main eye-catcher of the place is the huge round window at the front of the restaurant with the restaurant's name displayed on it. Very classy looking. The only problem with the layout of the place is the fact that the door opens straight onto the diners. In the winter this can be quite off-putting as every time someone enters or leaves you get a chill from outside. It is not advisable to get a table near the door when the weather is chilly! The menu is fairly varied. There is a distinct Italian theme to the food that they serve. Plenty of pasta and pizza to choose from. Saying that there are some good meat dishes on offer as well. While I was there I had a three course meal, starting with the garlic mushrooms. Very tasty indeed. Perhaps a bit on the oily side but still very delicious. My partner had the prawn marie rose which he said was equally as tasty. Both dishes were beautifully arranged on the plates. For the main course I had the veal while my partner had the spaghetti bolognse. My main course was again presented beautifully and tasted equally as good. The veal was cooked to perfection and the portion served was just right to satisfy your appetite. Unfortunately my partners main course was not up to the standard of my own. He found his bolognse sauce to be dry. This of course put a damper on the meal but credit is due to the staff of the restau rant. When we mentioned that the meal recieved was not up to the quality expected we were offered two complementary drinks to compensate. The dessert again showed the expertise of the chef. Presented beautifully and both tasted lovely. I had to pear poached in red wine while my partner had an Italian cream type desert served with blackcurrent sauce. With the meal we had a bottle of wine which was reasonable priced. The dishes were priced in the same price bracket as most restaurants. Main meals ranging from anywhere between just under £10 to £15. I personally found the food served at Josephine's to be of high standard. The service was friendly and pleasant. The atmosphere in the premises were perfect to enjoy a meal. Soft music and nice lighting. It is somewhere were you can go to enjoy a special evening out.

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