Tag Archives: Glasgow food

Silent Sunday – 3 November

Sometimes different is good.  Pear and Elderflower cake?
Yes please!

Delicious cake at Tinderbox in GlasgowTinderbox – Merchant City

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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

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

Lost and found at Mama San

Tucked below St Judes on Bath Street is Mama San.  If like us you don’t find it the first time, be persistent.  When we somehow missed the entrance and ended up in St Judes, we were warmly welcomed and escorted to our table.

The 5pm deal is a great way to sample the wares and includes two courses and a drink for £12.95.  Bargain – and particularly brilliant considering your drink can be one of their totally tasty cocktails.

The recently refurbished restaurant is slick and chic, complete with a larger than life naked lady adorning one wall.  Mama San perhaps?

Cocoon of calm and soothing cocktails

But the bum-bearing lady is surprisingly fitting, somehow adding to the calm cocoon-like space.   It oozes cool, yet has a warm feel – or perhaps that’s the cocktail buzz.

Pad Thai Spring Rolls at Mama SanNot forgetting the all-important food, Mama San offers a delicious selection of dishes from Thailand, Indonesia and China.

It’s admittedly tough to decide between the Thai Green Curry and Beef Rendang.  In the end I go with the luscious chicken satay starter and an equally enjoyable Basil Chilli Chicken.  I have slight food envy when I see my friend’s  Pad Thai Spring Rolls and Thai Green Curry.

If you want to stray from the 5pm menu, the Chilli and Lime Sea Bass or twice cooked Pork sounds just as enticing.

So if you’ve had a long week and need to unwind, take a wrong turn – relax, enjoy good food and soothing cocktails in welcoming surroundings.

-B

The sweet life

Delicious treats from Cupcake in GlasgowSometimes joy is truly wrapped up in a box with a bow.  At least when it comes to Cupcake’s sweet treats.  But these aren’t just cakes, they are perfectly constructed, lovingly made, life-improving works of art.  Almost too beautiful to eat.  Almost.

Tucked away on Bell Street, this magical Merchant City shop offers the most extraordinary selection of delights.  And the icing on the (cup) cake is the helpful staff who are just as sweet as their melt-in-your-mouth creations.

Double-choc, cookie dough, luscious lemon – oh my!

From classics like vanilla and double-chocolate to new sensations like the utterly delish red velvet,  cookie dough and luscious lemon, it’s  impossible for me to pick my favourite.   But  I don’t have to.  In fact, Cupcake makes choosing the perfect variety easy with their handy box of specialty selections.  Or of course you could just have one – though surely joyful discoveries like this are best shared.

So the next time you want to treat yourself – or do something extra fabulous for someone, forget about the chocolates and wine and dazzle them with  a little piece of edible perfection from Cupcake.

Become a cupcake goddess

And  if you’re feeling particularly inspired, you can join the lovely ladies as they reveal their sweet secrets during their cupcake decorating classes.

Blissfully enjoy!

– 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