Tag Archives: City Centre Glasgow

Silent Sunday – 3 August

Oh what a time we’ve had Glasgow…

Glasgow sunshine - commonwealth games

Silent Sunday – 13 July

Watch for lovely things popping up all over Glasgow…

Street art in Glasgow

Silent Sunday – 22 June

Not long now…#Glasgow2014

The Big G - Glasgow 2014 countdown begins

Silent Sunday – 27 April

Nothing to fear in Glasgow…

Don't be afraid in Glasgow's Merchant City

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

Silent Sunday – 30 March

Sunshine in Glasgow makes everything beautiful…

Brilliant blue skies in Glasgow

Retro wonder at Vespbar

Vespbar pizza in GlasgowWith  massive pizzas taking over most of our table and cocktails in a row, we’re set to thoroughly enjoy Vespbar.

We had originally come for the rumoured ping pong but got distracted by the cocktail list.

Tucked away on Drury Street in the city centre, Vespbar is a kitsch cool hang out.

Vespbar in GlasgowThink mom and pop diner complete with 1950s style seating meets old school Italian bistro.

It’s a mix of everything good – a jukebox, delish homemade pizzas and Prosecco on tap.  What’s not to love?

The staff are friendly and the prices are just as likable.

Cocktail heaven

The mezzanine level is perfect for taking in the surroundings, people watching and chowing down on scrumptious mushroom pizza.

Vespbar cocktails in GlasgowAnd although we don’t manage to locate the mystery ping pong table, we no have trouble finding the cocktail list served up on 45 style record menus.

The variety of choice is both extensive and impressive.  We’re blissfully overwhelmed.

The classic cosmopolitan and oh so sweet tutti frutti go down nicely.  The double-sided list is a hit that has us singing its praises.

Ping Pong dreams

Although it’s too cold for ice-cream, I still can’t help eying up the ice-cream parlour stand in the corner.  I will return for frosted delights and that abandoned ping pong match.

So next time you’re in the mood for pizza and possibly ping pong, veer off the beaten track to something a  little quirky and  a whole lotta fun.

– T

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

Silent Sunday – 29 September

Sharmanka Kinetic – not for the faint of heart…

Sharmanka horned creature in GlasgowExplore for yourself – if you dare…

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