Category Archives: Glasgow restaurant

Eat your words at Blue Door Cafe

So you didn’t get tickets to Prince. Don’t fret; you can still eat breakfast with Shaft and Stevie Wonder if you head to the Blue Chair café. And that’s exactly what I do.

Quirky cool for the culinary explorer

This wee blue gem is a must. Bursting with quirky cool, it’s the perfect place to unleash your inner creativity, culinary explorer and cake-lover.

We’re treated to a delicious hearty breakfast, delightfully attentive staff and a wonderful selection of sound, including Shaft and Stevie warming up the room with their silky tones.  Folk and rock also feature – so something for every ear.

Omelette heaven at Blue Chair cafe in GlasgowTheir eclectic menu  offers something for everyone – and their DIY omelette is an absolute must. Try the mixed herb, cheddar and onion for  breakfast heaven.

And if you’re lucky enough to get the first slice of cake from the lot, you get it half price. They also do lunch and dinner – so we’ll definitely be back for more.

Eat your words

Poetry bubble wall at Blue Chair Cafe in GlasgowAnd Blue Chair loves an artist.  In fact their café is gallery of art, poetry and instruments. So go on, submit your best words to their poetry box for a chance to feature on their bubble wall.

If you’re poem makes it, you get dinner for two. Excellent!

Their evolving evening menu coupled with BYOB and the possibility of being treated to a performance makes it irresistible.

Or if you’d rather listen, then why not enjoy their spoken word night happening the last Friday of every month from 7pm. Storytellers, poets and songwriters all welcome.

Whether you missed out on the Purple Rain or are feeling Let’s Go Crazy elated after the show, Blue Door is the perfect place to commiserate and celebrate. So go enjoy their simple but sensational food for the body, mind and soul.

– T

Enjoy culinary creativity at the City Merchant

I’ve passed this pleasant looking Candleriggs eatery thousand of times. So I decide it’s time to stop looking and start experiencing all the City Merchant has to offer.

Like home – but taste better

Cosy surroundings and tartan decor (including the wallpaper) instantly make us feel welcomed. It’s kind of like going to your favourite auntie’s house – you know the one that’s the captivating story teller, wooden finish fanatic and an absolute goddess in the kitchen.

Hake and capers with beetroot cannelloni #InGlasgowThe selection of meat and fish is impressive – none of us can resist the slightly unusual but very scrumptious sounding hake and capers combo with beetroot cannelloni.

It does not disappoint. Bursting with flavour and colour, it’s the perfect combination of savoury with a sweet, sharp undertone. Melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Irresistible coffee chocolate cake glory

Heavenly coffee and chocolate cake at City Merchant in GlasgowAnd although I’m technically full, I cannot say no to the coffee and chocolate cake combo – the perfect after dinner pick-me-up. To my absolute delight it is more like a creamy coffee and coco infused cheesecake. Smooth and absolutely sensational.

But if sweet treats aren’t your thing, the selection of Scottish and British Isle cheeses are equally appetising.

Besides attentive staff and delicious food, the City Merchant offers a totally relaxed ambiance. We happily spend the evening laughing (loudly), eating and drinking – feeling uninhibited and totally satisfied.  Three courses, several drinks and coffee come in at a very reasonable £28 each for our table of four, including tip.

So, if like me you’ve walked past this Merchant City, stop. Go inside and treat your tastebuds to a sensational mash-up of adventurous culinary creations. You won’t be disappointed.

– T

The Kitchen is calling – but you don’t have to cook

Don’t think that Mother Nature got the first day of spring memo this week.  It’s cold – too cold for cooking in my own kitchen.  And so we head to another.

The Italian Kitchen’s welcoming space is just what we need.  It instantly warms the soul and treats our senses to the most delicious of smells and lovely looking food.  And there’s choice galore.

We start with their mozzarella, basil and tomato salad perfectly complimented by freshly baked focaccia.  It just may be the best in town, sprinkled with fresh rosemary and infused with flavour,  it literally melts in the mouth.

Italian kitchen's mushroom Tagliatelle If you can manage to resist the impressive and appetising selection of pizza, their creamy dreamy tagliatelle with pan-fried mushrooms in garlic, sage and parmesan is absolutely amazing.

Happily stuffed, we give dessert a miss but  cappuccino and a baileys coffee is the perfect end to a spectacular meal.

But what’s good food without exceptional service?  Nothing.  But that’s not a concern here.  Our lovely server is attentive, knowledgeable and totally accommodating.  Our glasses are always full and our food is absolutely perfect.

Looking around the packed restaurant, it’s clear we’re not the only ones that know about this culinary gem.  So do make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

While I’m hopeful that spring will make an appearance in Glasgow soon – having comforting scrumptious food helps to brighten the dark cold days.

– T

Silent Sunday – 1 December

Not your average fish and chips at The Finnieston

Fancy fish and chips at the Finnieston in GlasgowDelish breaded coley and hand-cut chips.  Oh my.  http://www.thefinniestonbar.com
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Trans Europe Cafe by night – a Glasgow must!

I already knew and loved Trans Europe Cafe  as thee perfect breakfast place.

Cool laid-back surroundings, Tony’s no-nonsense service and totally tasty food make it one of my favourite spots in the city.  Board games and being able to get breakfast at 4pm on a Sunday only adds to the appeal.

And then Trans Europe started serving up evening nosh during the weekend.  So how could I resist?

A delish delight at night

Magically the bustling day-time café transforms into the perfect intimate night- time spot.  Low lights and soft music lull us into a sense of comfort.  And lovely smelling food tempts our taste buds.

Delish fish at Trans Europe Cafe in GlasgowI opt for the beautifully prepared cod.  I am not disappointed.  Visually it is artfully presented.

But it’s not just a pretty dish. It’s bursting with flavour – a song for your mouth.

And although I have never had room during the day for dessert, I save just enough space to enjoy the most luscious chocolate delight.  Yum!

By night Trans Europe offers the same sensational service, serves up a concise menu of delectable food and is set to become a Glasgow evening hot spot.   In fact, do book because looking around every table is full.

Their evening menu displayed on the chalk-board is ever-changing.  All the more reason to come back time after time.

Day or night, Trans Europe is a must.

– T

To market we go

Central Market in GlasgowIt’s always so satisfying when something actually is as brilliant as it looks.

Located in the heart of the Merchant City, Central Market certainly lives up to its enticing chic appearance.  But it’s not just a pretty space – the food is wonderfully delicious.

Set over two levels,  this intimate space is perfect for surreptitiously people-watching or catching up with friends.  And that’s exactly what I do.

Delicious choices galore

Pan fried cod at Cental Market in GlasgowSomewhere between attentive servers, fluid conversation and crisp Prosecco, decisions are made.

And what fabulous choices – my pan-fried cod with butter beans and artichoke is melt-in-your-mouth heavenly.   The ricotta and herb dumplings and perfectly cooked steak also get rave reviews from my dinner companions.

Everything is bursting with flavour – a reflection of the fresh seasonal ingredients.

Central Market side dishesA small thing – but a nice feature, is the vast selection of tasty sides – from the more traditional skinny fries to the modern kale and exquisite combination of puy lentil and wild mushrooms.  Ordering a few and sharing with the table is a must.

Do save room for dessert

Do save room for dessert because it’s wrong to miss it.  My chocolate and beetroot brownie is sweet perfection.  But if you prefer savoury, the selection of George Mewes cheese, chutney and oatcakes is the perfect way to finish your meal.

But delicious food and a beautiful setting is nothing without great service.  Our waitress is not only helpful, making  excellent recommendations – but charming in all the right ways without being intrusive or phony.

Central’s ever-evolving seasonal menu will definitely draw me back.  Next up, Sunday brunch.  And if it’s as pleasing as their dinner,  I’m in for a true treat.

– T

Delish fish – exactly how we like it

Glasgow simply has too many fantastic eateries to pick favourites.  And yet the Finnieston on Argyle Street cannot help but rate high up on our list.

And just what sets this tasty treasure apart?  Well, it’s charming, cosy – and the staff are both knowledgeable and attentive.

Gin cocktail joy at the Finnieston in GlasgowIt has the most delicious and wonderfully named gin cocktails.  Where else can you happily have dinner with ‘the poet’, ‘the sailor’ and ‘the gentleman’ and no one fights?

Importantly the food is absolutely out-of-this-world delicious.

Even better, it’s served exactly the way you like it.

Choose from a selection of fish and decide how you want it cooked – poached, grilled or pan-fried.  Select your finish and  accompanying sides.  Perfection.

Salmon perfection at The Finnieston in GlasgowMy pan-fried salmon in rosemary and smoked garlic butter is exceptional.

And no matter what, do save room for dessert because it is equally outstanding.

Missing it would be a regrettable mistake.

Ever evolving, always brilliant

Like their evolving seasonal menu, their drinks are also updated regularly.  So there’s reason to go back time and time and time again.   We certainly will.

Dessert heaven at the Finnieston in GlasgowGin cocktails and seafood go together wonderfully.

So go on, try out one of Glasgow’s finest.  Get the booth by the fireplace, perfect for people watching and sipping delightful cocktails.

What’s not to love?

– T

A Thai Transformation

The Townhouse on Buchannan Street has undergone a truly breathtaking transformation into the largest Thai restaurant in Europe, Chaophraya.  Admittedly this didn’t really impressive me. Truthfully I couldn’t shake its previous life as a jumbled shop.

Impressive lobby at Chaophraya in GlasgowBut when I enter the impressive lobby adorned in luxurious décor and stunning chandeliers – with an elephant thrown in for good measure – well, all memories of its previous incarnation fade from my memory.

The service is very attentive – in fact, we’re escorted up the main staircase to our table.  And even though it’s spacious with high ceilings and vast fireplaces, the dining area somehow still manages to feel intimate and welcoming.

Thai prawns at Chaophraya in GlasgowThe menu is huge with a great selection for all appetites, including veggies.  I cannot resist the Tempura Prawns (£8.50) to start, followed by Seua Rong Hai, Weeping Tiger (£15.95).

Yes a little on the expensive side, but the total experience is lush and the food lives up to the surroundings – in a word – exquisite.  Not only does each dish look amazing but it taste sensational, the perfect fusion of competing flavours in every mouth-full.

Decadent, delicious and definitely worth trying again

The whole experience feels very decadent – a spectacular setting, gorgeous food and dutiful staff.  And you can continue your night in the Palm Sugar Lounge or for something a little more intimate book rooms for private dining.  And for the romantics, there’s even a balcony for two!

But be warned, Chaophraya isn’t a secret and you’ll definitely need to book to avoid disappointment.  The truth is in the tasting – but it’s not just food.  The spectacular setting and the lovely staff make it utterly perfect.

– B

Gold stars for the Golden Thistle

Every now and again a very special day pops up – one that deserves equally exceptional food.

However, if like me, you’ve previously overlooked French cuisine dreading overly rich dishes and a stuffy experience, Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or  will change your mind.   This award-winning French restaurant on West Regent Street boast a menu brimming with alluring choice and the friendly attentive staff are – well – the pièce de résistance.

Salmon at Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or Passionate about food

The warm, inviting surroundings perfectly match Brian Maule’s passion for food – apparent in every delectable bite.  And fresh local produce and an ever-changing menu keep things fresh.

The scallops with fettuccine and herb butter sauce starter sets the scene for everything wonderful to follow;  it is both impressive and exceptional.   And my grilled salmon is melt-in-the-mouth good.

Dessert is a must

Creme Brulee perfection at Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or Perfect portions means there is room for dessert.  And when the food is this fantastic, it’s wrong to say no.

And so I happily say yes to a delectable sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.   There are no words to justify how delightful it is – other than, you must try this before you die.   Admittedly this doesn’t stop me from eying and trying my companion’s equally luscious crème brulee with hints of vanilla.  Delish.

Admittedly extraordinary food like this comes at a price.  However, the special lunch and pre-theatre menu is another great way to sample the extraordinary wares without breaking the bank. Two courses come in at £18.95 or you can enjoy three courses for £21.95.

No thorns, only fabulous fodder

So for all those special days – the Golden Thistle (Chardon d’Or) is an absolute treat – no thorns only divine, delicious food that totally wows.

– T

Wynding and dining

Admittedly I’ve been admiring Ingram Wynd  for a quite a while.  In fact, it all started last summer on one of those rare sunny days when the lure of their patio was nearly irresistible.  Unfortunately I managed to miss the 2012 four-day summer window and got rained out.

And although it was a cold crisp winter day that got me through the doors, their inviting surroundings and charming staff  instantly made me feel warm and welcomed.

Victorian chic – without the stuffy

Mingling plush Victorian surroundings with the right twist of modern, this cosy bistro is a true gem.  And their delicious food is the perfect fusion of Scottish fare and contemporary culinary delights.

Do have dessert

Delish fish at Ingram Wynd in GlasgowTheir menu offers endless choice,  but their beautifully presented (and tasty) haggis starter and cooked to perfection (fish of the day) cod in a tomato reduction is quite simply exquisite.

And do have dessert –  because the mixed berry Cranachan with whiskied oats and cream is quite possibly the best in town.  This food is meant to be absolutely savoured.  And that’s exactly what we do.

Full up and completely contented, there’s no choice but to retreat to the down stairs salon – an elegant hide-a-way perfect for enjoying an after-dinner digestif and telling all your secrets.

A starter, two mains, dessert, a few glasses of wine and a gin later is a  more than reasonable £30 (including tip) on 5pm, making the entire experience all the sweeter.

Like an old friend

Ingram Wynd has a wonderful familiar feel that will definitely draw as back time and time again.  But don’t wait for summer – get out of the cold and treat yourself to absolutely enjoyable food in a chic yet comfortable locale.

– T