Frankie and Benny’s at the beach offered up a treat

Frankie and Benny's at Abereen beach

Frankie and Benny's at Abereen beach

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It’s rare that when I go to a tried and tested restaurant, that I vary from my usual choice, however a recent trip to Frankie and Benny’s at Aberdeen beach forced me out of my comfort zone.

My partner Ryan and I have been to the restaurant many a time, as it’s a handy location next to the cinema and Codonas. On this occasion, we booked a table for an early dinner before catching a movie.

We don’t usually book, but given that it was a Saturday, and we had a strict time to stick to, we figured it was better to be safe than sorry.

The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived, and certainly picked up during our meal, but the friendly staff never made us feel rushed.

I normally go for a pasta dish, but the updated menu had a New Jersey chicken dish (£14.95) that was too tempting to pass up - and is now my top dining out dish.

It comprised a chicken breast topped with pulled pork and bacon, with BBQ sauce and a jalapeño cheese sauce. It also came accompanied by spicy onion rings, chips and corn on the cob.

I don’t usually like pork, but it just melted in my mouth, and the BBQ sauce was tangy, and went surprisingly well with the rich cheese sauce.

The cheese sauce could have been a touch spicier, but it was my highlight of the dish. The corn on the cob was nice, but awkward to eat. The onion rings had a satisfying hint of spice, but it wasn’t overwhelming.

There was enough of both sauces that I could use my fries to mop up the leftovers.

Ryan opted for the cheeseburger (£11.75). The beef patty was cooked to his choice, well done but still juicy.

There was little chit chat while we devoured our mains - always a good sign.

Although both dishes were well portioned, we opted for dessert.

I chose a salt caramel cheesecake (£5.75), which came with a scoop of ice cream and was topped with chocolate-covered honeycomb.

The cheesecake was lovely and light, but the caramel sauce was just a touch too sickly. If there had been more ice cream it maybe wouldn’t have been as sweet.

Ryan had the chocolate fudge cake (£5.25), and whilst he loved it, he too felt that more ice cream was needed to balance out the richness of the fudge sauce.