Category Archives: restaurants

Quench that thirst at Drygate

Hooray for sunshine in Glasgow! Beautiful blue skies are here – so get out in it. But where? At  Drygate – Glasgow’s newest craft brewery.

Haven’t heard of it? Gasp! Crawl from underneath that rock immediately and come into the light. Literally. It has a brilliant outdoor area that offers up good times – and as of late, glorious sun.

But this cool East End hangout isn’t just a pretty space, it also serves up scrumptious food and an impressive selection of spirits and beers, including their own brew.  The staff are super friendly and it’s also dog friendly so bring along your hairy friend. As well as the two-legged bearded one –  lots of beards on show too.

But enough talk. Sometimes pictures say it best. And so, we give you Drygate:

Drygate - East End Brewer and eatery in GlasgowIt’s calling to you.  It’s saying come, drink, eat and enjoy yourself inside + out.

Drygate - beer of all sizes.Sample beers of every size and variety – including Apple.  Yum!

Drygate - damn good fish and chipsExperience fish and chip joy.  Even the mushy peas are extra special.

Drygate - it looks cool.Hang out in their cool surroundings – notice something different every time.

It has donughts!Oh yeah – they’ve got doughnuts!  And you dip them  in chocolate.  Whoa!

The sun is out! It’s hot. You need a drink. Satisfy your thirst in sensational surroundings at Drygate.  And do try the delish doughnuts – dessert heaven.

– T

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Global cuisine on Glasgow’s doorstep

An old friend’s visiting from out of town and I want to take her somewhere for dinner that truly captures Glasgow.  Stravaigin on Gibson Street prides itself as ‘one of the best restaurants’ in town promising Scottish produce and serving world cuisine – it has a “Think global, eat local” philosophy.

Stravaigin bar and restaurant in GlasgowThe bar is a buzz of chatter, music and lots of cheery smiles.  The restaurant is brimming over and so we’re seated at the last free table in the cosy cafe bar, which shares the same menu but has the bonus of being on a balcony overlooking the bar. A perfect spot where we can enjoy the atmosphere above the hubbub.

Truthfully, some of the best food in Glasgow

Stravaigin is telling the truth – the food is some of the best in Glasgow.  It’s fresh, lovingly made perfection. Spiced Pumpkin croquettes with feta and walnut stuffing are gorgeous bundles of taste. And the seared sea bream fillet and confit ratte potatoes in seafood bisque are divine. (Starters average £5.50 each and mains range between £9-16).

Conversation flows as fluidly as the Chenin Blanc. We get side-tracked from the desserts by the long list of ports on offer. Truthfully I don’t know anything about port but the very patient waitress kindly recommends one. We share melt-in-your-mouth cheeses, from the soft to the smelly, accompanied by a very civilised glass of port, followed by a not so civilised second glass.

It’s the perfect setting to catch up with an old friend and savour delicious food and drink while reminiscing. Our bill comes to £88 all in. Admittedly the four glasses of port boosted the cost but it’s money well spent – impeccable service, delectable food in a welcoming, relaxed setting. What’s not to love?

World-wide haggis

And if you’re still looking for something to do to celebrate the Bard, you might still be able to snap up a ticket at their ‘Unconventional Burn’s Night’ that explores haggis from around the world and compares it to their very own Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race.

Monthly Meander – explore world food

If you have missed out on Burn’s night, don’t fret because Stravaigin regularly puts on ‘monthly meander’ nights that invite you to explore food from around the world without the expense of an airline ticket.  Fantastic!

So let your tastebuds wander, you’ll be glad you did!

-B

Inject some extraordinary into an ordinary Tuesday

If Mondays are blue, Tuesday must be drab, dishwater grey.  But there’s no better place to shake off the dreary than Sloan’s Eat Film night in Glasgow.

As the name suggest, Tuesdays at Sloan’s offers a night of film coupled with hearty pub grub that won’t break the bank.  It’s free entry for the film and then completely up to you as to how much you eat, drink and spend.  Fill up on a scotch pie (£5.95), fish and chunky chips with tartar sauce (£8.95), rocky road brownie (£4.95) or there’s bags of pick & mix for a fiver for the more traditionalist film-goer.

Eat Film at Sloan's Bar in GlasgowSmall circular tables are arranged mostly in two-seaters around the Grand Ball Room, which holds about 20 -25 people.

Orders are taken, candles lit and it all has a kind of cabaret feeling.  Once we’ve devoured our meals, tables are cleared and the big (little) screen lights up.

Tuesday blahs banished

The Jungle Book leaps off the screen and I’m reunited with some of my childhood favourites Baloo and Mowgli; instantly the Tuesday haze is lifted.  Eat Film is about the experience rather than gourmet nosh.  And what a great experience.

But if a cartoon dancing bear and a fussing panther aren’t your thing, you might be enticed by one of Eat Film’s other eclectic choices. Upcoming film nights include Bambi, Boogie Nights and one of my all-time favourites Amelie!

So go on, do something different and shake up your Tuesday.  Everything kicks off at 7pm but definitely call ahead (0141 221 8886) or book online  to avoid disappointment – because seats are limited.

So much more than film…

As Glasgow oldest pub – and not to be outdone – Sloan’s boast a healthy events calendar, including one of the liveliest Ceilidhs in town, Thursday’s ‘bad boy’ pub quiz night and for all those still wondering where to celebrate the bard and address the haggis, look no further than here on the 25th .

– T

Tapa bakehouse improving the world one grain at a time

I am greeted by an extraordinary selection of sweets and wonderful aromas.  Tapa coffee and bakehouse in the South Side of Glasgow is heaven on earth – especially for any bread-loving, café enthusiast like me.

It’s a busy, bustling cheerful place and popular with young, old, families and friends alike.  It has an everyone-is-welcome kind of feeling – my kind of place.

Delicious soup, sandwiches and so much more

Tasty food at Tapa Cafe in GlasgowThe staff are as welcoming as their wares; the service is with a smile.  And then there’s the food.

Although this award-winning café specialises in appetising sandwiches served on a variety of enticing homemade organic breads, I cannot pass the up their puy lentil and pine nut burger on focaccia served with a side of relish and tobbouleh (£7.95).  This is only perfected by possibly the best chips I’ve ever had.  Ever.

Their hearty breakfast (£8.25) is also highly recommended or of course there’s a the slew of unique sandwich selections ; you probably won’t find the ingenious grain mustard, red onion relish, veggie sausage and sliced egg anywhere else.

No ordinary bread – ‘you’re in for a treat’

Bread heaven at Tapa Cafe in Glasgow's South SideAlthough sadly we are too stuffed for dessert, we cannot leave without getting a loaf of bread to take away.  After much debate over the rye, sourdough, and even malted pumpkin seed, we opt for sunflower wholemeal.   Our very friendly server assures us that we are ‘in for a treat’ – and he is so right.  This is not just any bread – it’s life-invigorating, grainy goodness.

So all you West End or City Centre dwellers who never venture far from your spot – I assure you that making the short trek across town to this South Side treasure on Pollockshaw Road is worth it!

Their acclaimed espresso blend coffee, scrumptious cakes, breads and wonderful staff and surroundings will not disappoint – and will certainly entice us back time and time again.

And next time I’m having dessert!

-T

It ain’t over until the Fat Ladies make you sing

Two Fat Ladies, Glasgow - business cardTwo Fat Ladies is a Glasgow institution and rightly so.  Its homey comfortable surroundings and friendly staff are absolutely wonderful.

And then there’s the food – quite possibly some of the best that Glasgow has to offer.

The small, welcoming City Centre location is like walking into an old friend’s.  The pleasant space is simple and from the moment you walk through the door friendly staff attend to your every need.

Specialising in seafood perfection

To say Fat Ladies specialises in seafood is a huge understatement – I’d say they wrote the book on how to prepare the most amazing, flavourful, melt-in-your-mouth magnificent masterpieces.

And even if you’re not a seafood fanatic, you could easily be swayed to enjoy it here.  The fish is truly that good.  Besides, there’s ample choice on the menu for any of those adverse to sea-fare.

Delicious fish at Two Fat Ladies restaurant in GlasgowTheir well-priced lunch or pre/post theatre menu (2 Courses £16.50 or 3 Courses £19.50) is an excellent way to sample their menu.

Top recommendations go to the delightful pan fried ling on a potato and herb crush with a balsamic tomato sauce followed by the perfect finisher, a duo of Scottish cheeses with Arran oatcakes.  And from their main menu you can’t go wrong with the filleted sea bream with fennel, orange, leek and dill (£19.50) followed by the decadent rich dark chocolate and cointreau delice, chocolate orange ice cream (£6.50) for dessert.

Two Fat Ladies’ success is not only evident in their delicious cuisine, but also in the fact that they’ve expanded not once but twice offering luscious food at the original Buttery location as well as a West End and City Centre location.

This lovely restaurant certainly left these two thin ladies satisfied and singing its praises.   So if there’s one thing you do in 2012, make sure you treat yourself to a enticing meal at Two Fat Ladies.  It is not to be missed and its heavenly food and ever-evolving menu will certainly keep us coming back time and time again.

– T