I always love it when total anticipation lives up to expectation. And Rogano’s stellar reputation as a much-loved Glasgow eatery is well-deserved.
Admittedly I’m a little anxious about going. What if it’s dingy and dated? What if they snub newbies for their recognised regulars? What if the food is anything less than impeccable and served by the world’s rudest waiter?
I don’t have anything to worry about.
Beautiful surrounding and welcoming waiters
Simply put, Rogano is truly magical. Its deceptively small exterior gives way to an Aladdin’s cave of beautiful surroundings, art deco accents and old world opulence – including well-tailored waiters who instantly make you feel welcomed. And then there’s the food.
Obviously these seafood aficionados know exactly what they’re doing – they’ve been around since the 1930s for good reason. Their commitment to excellent service and extraordinary food is so clearly embedded in everything they do.
Soft lighting, plush surrounding and particularly comfy seats only add to the charm. And there’s the perfect touch of old New York allure.
Refreshingly their generous (and delicious) portions will leave you feeling completely satisfied. I start with the soup with rouille & parmesan croutons, which seems endless.
Mr tries his hand at the immense garlic and herb langoustines – not for the faint of heart and definitely for those that like to play with their food. To avoid food envy we both get the perfectly grilled lemon sole as mains.
Dessert is a must
Utterly stuffed but feeling we’d forever regret skipping dessert, we opt for the Honeycomb Baked Alaska – sweet heavenly delight.
The Rogano experience is a return to glamour, stepping back in time and experiencing all the very best bits.
All in dinner for two, including tip, comes to just under £120. OK, obviously not for everyday – but relatively reasonable considering the three courses and several drinks we each enjoyed (including a glass of champagne – just seemed right). And certainly cheaper than a trip to New York – but possibly just as enjoyable.