Union Cafe Bistro

With the breeze blowing the rain towards the horizontal, the Aberdonian welcome was characteristically to the point as I stepped off the train on a dreich Thursday morning. With a little time in hand before my first meeting of the day I toddled along Union Street looking for a suitable breakfast spot. I soon alighted upon the Union Cafe Bistro which looked like it would do the job.


A simply appointed space with some photos of local lamdmarks of the walls, the place felt fairly conventional. I wasn’t quite sure how this set-up would translate into the level of quality they would offer.

The menu didn’t hold much in the way of further clues beyond offering details of a decent sounding full cooked breakfast. The warm welcome was the first indication that things to follow might be rather good.


I added an espresso to my food order and was rewarded with an unexpectedly good quality coffee. The beans were from a roastery called Outpost. It was new to me but I thought it was a very good drink made would care and attention.

The breakfast maintained this standard. Each element was just a notch or two above good. The bacon was lightly smoked and really delicious. The black pudding was very good. The tattie scone was smartly prepared. It was a really satisfying eat.

So overall, I really enjoyed my visit to the Union Cafe Bistro. It served me such good coffee that I ordered an additional espresso to takeaway as I paid. The breakfast contained very good elements and the whole experience felt well thought-out and delivered with care. I’d recommend it to you.

Blythe scores the Union Cafe Bistro
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20

I ate: full breakfast

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: mainly grey

Total bill: £10.90

Address: 4 Shiprow, Aberdeen AB10 1AH

Written by BKR