Eat out for less in Glasgow this January!

For most of us January is the bleakest, darkest month of the year. Everyone is either partied out, aff it, fat or just on a general come down from the festive period. Personally I love going out in January; the party season is over so everywhere is quieter, more relaxed & much cheaper! To entice people out of their cosy homes and help beat the January blues, eateries run some amazing offers & promotions during the month. Here’s my run down of some of the best deals on offer.

*please note photos are from my previous visits to the following restaurants and are used for illustration purposes only. T&Cs may apply on some offers, check before booking!

Chaophraya (Thai)

50% off food throughout January: book online at http://www.chaophraya.co.uk & quote CHAOPASS

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Gusto (European)

50% off food throughout January: book online at http://www.gustorestaurants.uk.com/jansale

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Grill on the Corner (steak)

50% off food throughout January: book online at http://www.blackhouse.uk.com/jansale

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Trading House (European)

50% off food throughout January: book online at http://www.thetradinghouse.uk.com/jansale

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Bar Soba (Pan Asian)

2 for 1 on main courses throughout January: book online at http://www.barsoba.co.uk

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Miller & Carter (steak)

2 course January sale set menu for £15: book online at http://www.millerandcarter.co.uk

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Jamie’s Italian (Italian)

£10 off total food & drink bill throughout January: book online at http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian and quote JAN10WEB (minimum spend £30)

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Lisa’s top burger joints!

I wasn’t intending on this being my next blog post but felt compelled to write it after recently eating one of the most tasteless burgers ever! I’m not going to name drop the eatery but I’ll give you a clue – first word is a number and second is a word you would use to finish this famous Goonies quote – ‘hey you ….’ – got it? Being a huge burger lover I can’t stand overcharged, below average tasting burgers in establishments which are really only glorified McDonalds or Burger Kings! My butcher dad always told me ‘a good patty doesn’t need any extra toppings, if the meat quality and seasoning is spot on, that’s all that’s needed. Simple.’ Simplicity is the key and when I taste a burger I’m looking mainly for good quality meat and a decent bun. Since 2012 a range of establishments have entered the ever growing premium burger scene, but not all the best burgers can be found in burger joints alone. So here’s my rundown of my favourite burgers from a range of Glasgow restaurants…. well second best, my dads burger will always be number one to me!

Best value burger: BRGR

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I absolutely adore BRGR and have been a regular for the past year or so. Nestled in an eensy weensy spot on Great Western Road in Glasgow’s west end, BRGR may not look like much on the surface but produces some the best burgers I’ve ever tasted. Popular with students due to its location and ridiculously low prices, BRGR is bustling, bright and vibrant with cool tunes and friendly, cheery staff. I only have one word for the big cheese burger and sweet potato fries – outstanding! If you like a good burger this place is a must visit!

High points – exceptionally good value
Low points – not city centre location (but right next to Kelvinbridge subway), seating isn’t the comfiest

526 Great Western Road, G12 8EL, http://www.brgr-glasgow.com

Other branch locations: 219 Fenwick Road, Giffnock & 4-6 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

 

Best hipster burger: Bread Meats Bread (BMB)

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For those of you not familiar with BMB, head to burger triangle around St Vincent Street area and look for a long queue of hungry Glaswegians. Yep you’ve found BMB! Since opening in 2012 BMB has became one of Glasgows most well loved burger joints. The diner style interior is rustic and airy with floor to ceiling windows, open plan kitchen (you can hear your patty sizzling away) and long canteen style tables. Aside from burgers the menu includes gourmet dogs, poutines and grilled cheese sandwiches.

High points – great location, consistently good burgers
Low points – doesn’t accept reservations so be prepared to wait!

104 St Vincent Street, G2 5UB, http://www.breadmeatsbread.com

Edinburgh branch: 92 Lothian Road, EH3 9BE

 

Best fine dining burger: Butchershop Bar & Grill

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The Butchershop Bar & Grill in Finnieston isn’t all about steak, they serve up a pretty mean burger also! Located across from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, this award winning steakhouse serves the very best dry-aged 100% grass fed Scotch beef. The restaurant is uber stylish themed in a Manhattan style with round booths and leather seating. The Butchershop has gained a great reputation for excellent food and service, and is personally one of my favourite restaurants. A must visit is on a Tuesday when it’s Burger vs Steak Frites. Choose from two burgers or two dry aged rump steaks (or mix them up), skinny fries and a bottle of wine for £30. Now that is a must try for all carnivores!

High points – excellent service & surrounds, top notch food
Low points – burger choice limited

1055 Sauchiehall Street, G3 7UD, http://www.butchershopglasgow.com

 

Most stylish burger: CAU

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Situated on the corner of Queen Street across from the Gallery of Modern Art, CAU is a sleek and plush Argentinian inspired restaurant specialising in Buenos Aires cuisine. The burgers are handmade each day using the freshest ingredients and finest cuts. I think the CAU burger has to be one of the best I’ve tasted for high quality meat. The burgers are patted slightly smaller than standard size, so extra thick and meaty – no hiding here if the meat isn’t up to scratch!

High points – exceptionally high meat quality
Low points – no sweet potato fries!

Unit 1, 222-224 Ingram Street, G1 3BX, http://www.caurestaurants.com

 

Best chain burger: Byron Hamburgers

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Byron opened earlier this year at a prime central location on West George Street, right in the heart of burgerville. The restaurant is bright and airy serving delicious, juicy burgers made with fresh ingredients. The menu is simple but contains a good selection of burgers, salads and sides and you can even create your own burger. If you like good proper, tasty burgers in modern, trendy surrounds then Byron will most certainly tick all the boxes.

High points – restaurant bright and airy, comfy seating
Low points – a bit pricey compared to other premium burger establishments

100 West George Street, G2 1PP, http://www.byronhamburgers.com

Edinburgh branches: 113-117 Lothian Road, EH3 9AN & 29-31 North Bridge, EH1 1SF

It’s Miller & Carter time….again!

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I finally revisited Miller & Carter recently and oh my goodness it was well worth the wait! I returned a few weeks ago with my dad, mum and sister and what better way for the former butcher, his wife and two daughters to enjoy a long overdue catch up than over a big juicy steak! I was eager to share the 30oz tomahawk steak with my dad, but after our lovely server ran through the main menu with us dad decided to stick to a fillet steak as felt with all the accompaniments the tomahawk was a bit too much eating for him. Oh no I thought! I was desperate to try the tomahawk but it’s a sharing steak for two! Luckily my sister was eager to enforce her caveman instincts and was up for sharing this beaut of a steak!

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For those of you not familiar with the tomahawk steak it is an on the bone ribeye steak, presented with the entire bone left on. This ultimate steak experience is served with parsley butter, onion loaf and balsamic glazed beef tomato along with a choice of lettuce wedge dressings, steak sauces and seasoned fries. Phew! The tomahawk is recommended medium (my preferred cooking) but my sister likes her steak more well done, so we decided to meet in the middle and have it cooked medium-well.

Both my sister and I chose the garlic mayonnaise and parmesan wedge dressing and sweet potato fries, and I opted for cracked peppercorn sauce and my sister decided on the beef dripping.

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So where do I start?! The tomahawk presentation is spectacular, the ultimate wow factor. Presented on a wooden board, the long French trimmed bone rises up from the huge piece of juicy meat. The steak was fork tender and succulent (I was worried cooked medium-well would hinder the flavour but it was fine). The creamy, peppery sauce worked beautifully alongside the rich buttery meat, not overwhelming but enhanced the flavour.

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The onion loaf was unusual with a bhaji like texture, and the sweetness of both the onions and sweet potato fries worked perfectly with the steak. However, I felt the iceberg lettuce wedges did not bring anything to an already perfect dish. Yes they were refreshing on the palate but if your going to tuck into a big juicy steak do you really want some lettuce leaves as a side?! All in all though, the tomahawk was nothing short of outstanding, with all components working in harmony with each other. Superb!

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Mum and dad both went for steaks: 12oz ribeye and 8oz fillet respectively. Both steaks were seasoned and cooked perfectly; one well done and one rare. My retired butcher dad knows a thing or two about steaks and said his fillet was up there with one of the best he’d tasted. He loved the beef dripping sauce so much he even asked our server for the recipe (bone marrow is the special ingredient we were informed!).

It was clean plates all around and four very happy bellies. Our bill came to just under £130 including one cocktail, one glass of wine and three soft drinks. Not the cheapest lunch in the city but well worth every penny. My sister and I were stuffed from our meal and only stopped for a cake later in the evening out of pure greed rather than hunger!

Both my experiences at Miller & Carter have been top notch. The food, the service, the surrounds, the atmosphere; everything is first class. So sharpen up your teeth, embrace your inner carnivore and treat yourself to one of the best steak experiences the toon has to offer!

Date visited: Saturday 28th May 2016

Miller & Carter Steakhouse Glasgow
47 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5Qx
Tel: 0141 404 2914
Website: http://www.millerandcarter.co.uk

Lisa’s afternoon tea hotspots!

There’s a well-known rhyme that says ‘at half past three, everything stops for tea!’ And I couldn’t agree more! Many moons ago Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, was feeling peckish between lunch and dinner so remedied the hunger with some tea and cake, and before long afternoon tea was born. Afternoon tea used to be a luxury that was only indulged in as a treat. But as more & more establishments are introducing afternoon tea to their menus, it has became extremely fashionable, and affordable, to spend your afternoon sipping tea, nibbling on sandwiches and indulging on yummy cakes!

As I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon, I have indulged in quite a few afternoon teas over the years! Mostly with my afternoon tea partners in crime and fellow cake lovers: my mum and sister! Afternoon tea is very popular in the city and there is a large selection of hotels and bars cashing in on the ‘experience’. Afternoon tea isn’t just something to pass a few hours with your granny anymore, whether it’s a traditional tearoom or trendy bar, there is an afternoon tea that caters for all ages! And it’s the perfect excuse to catch up and have a good gossip with friends! Here’s a selection of afternoon tea hotspots in Glasgow that I’ve visited recently which all offer unique qualities.

Best for stylish venue: 29

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Voted most stylish venue in Scotland, 29 is a private members club located at Royal Exchange Square. The bar/lounge area where afternoon tea is served is very stylish and chic, the perfect spot to continue afterwards by sipping on a few cocktails! Served on a funky three tiered stand 29 afternoon tea includes dainty finger sandwiches such as egg & cress and creamed cheese & cucumber, fruit scones with chantilly cream & jam and sweet treats such as strawberry tarts and mini blueberry muffins.

High points – trendy, hip surrounds
Low points – a bit style over substance, relying on tea/coffee being poured by staff can be a pain

29 Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AJ, http://www.29glasgow.co.uk

 

Best tea selection: Cup Tea Garden/Cup Tea Lounge

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Award winning tearoom, Cup, is renowned in Glasgow for its tasty treats and signature collection of hand blended loose leaf teas. The original venue on Byres Road now has two sister venues located at Renfield Street and newly opened Virginia Court. I visited the latter recently for afternoon tea with a Hendricks gin teapot cocktail (the owners are also responsible for Gin71, Glasgow’s first dedicated gin bar). Cup is proud of their extensive tea menu and to ensure your tea is brewed to perfection, many teas even come with their own timer to let you know when the perfect brew is ready. Savoury treats include smoked mackerel & beetroot pate open toasted sandwich and roast beef & wholegrain Arran mustard on a mini baguette. But the winner here is the ginormous cupcakes, with flavours such as pink vanilla, cherry cola and after eight this is a cupcake lovers delight!

High points – fantastic tea menu, perfect if your favourite sweet treat is cupcakes!
Low points – tables are small, can feel a bit cramped

(Most recently visited & pictured) 5 Virginia Court, Merchant City, G1 1TE, http://www.cupglasgow.co.uk

 

Best for sandwiches: Cranachan

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Cranachan is a bustling cafe located on the second floor of Princes Square shopping centre on Buchanan Street. The Scottish themed interior is designed by local artists and Glasgow’s Timorous Beasties design studio. The popular afternoon tea is presented on a beautiful three tiered stand with a generous portion of freshly made, wholesome sandwiches, homemade cakes, miniature cranachan desserts and cream scones. All served with a choice of suki loose leaf tea or coffee or the choice to upgrade to include a glass of pink fizz.

High points – excellent selection of sandwiches, good value for money
Low points – restaurant can feel quite manic when busy

2nd floor, Princes Square, 48 Buchanan Street, G1 3JN, http://www.cranachancafe.co.uk

 

Best for setting: Corinthian

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Corinthian is a leisure complex spanning over five floors in the building that was formerly the headquarters of the Union Bank of Scotland on Ingram Street. Afternoon tea is served in the grand Tellers Bar & Brasserie, possibly the most stunning afternoon tea setting in Glasgow. The beautifully restored building is my mums favourite afternoon tea spot as she loves the elaborate interior and finds the restaurant very airy and spacious with the impressive huge glass dome making the most of the natural daylight. All the elements of Corinthians afternoon tea are presented beautifully on a modern three tier slate stand. The ‘to die for’ selection of homemade scones served with fresh cream and jam almost outshine the sweet fancies such as chocolate brownies and coconut & raspberry cake.

High points – amazing scones!
Low points – the ‘pod’ chairs aren’t the comfiest (tip – book a booth!)

191 Ingram Street, G1 1DA, http://www.thecorinthian.co.uk

 

Best for luxury: Blythswood Square Hotel

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Served in the Salon Bar located on the first floor of the hotel, Blythswood Square afternoon tea is everything you wish for in an ultimate, relaxed afternoon tea experience. Luxurious, elegant and classic, this afternoon tea is full on decadence! The unique afternoon tea menu changes regularly taking inspiration from different events such as the Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon (oh so very British!). This inspiration is crafted into delicious sweet treats such as raspberry and elderflower cone or Pimms fruit pavlova alongside traditional sandwiches on a selection of different breads. Washed down with your choice of fresh loose leaf tea, Blythswood Square is the perfect afternoon tea experience where you can savour the sweet and savoury delights over many hours overlooking the beautiful Blythswood Square gardens.

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High points – laid back, chilled, beautiful surrounds, high quality afternoon tea
Low points – rather expensive if paying full price

11 Blythswood Square, G2 4AD, http://www.townhousecompany.com

Lisa’s top brunch hot spots!

After years of hardly ever being awake at the weekend before mid afternoon, now in my fourth decade I have ditched the late nights for a new weekend pastime – brunch!

Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning but can extend to as late as 4pm. As someone whom (still) isn’t an early morning person, brunch suits me perfectly. Brunch lovers, like myself, are well catered for in Glasgow with an abundance of eateries to choose from, from greasy spoons to swanky hipster joints! As a regular brunch goer I have listed a selection of my top brunch hot spots below. So whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, poached or boiled there’s something for everyone!

6. Bill’s

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Located centrally on West Nile Street, Bill’s is the perfect place to stop off for some brunch before a day of shopping on the style mile. Yes it’s a chain, so has a bit more of a generic feel than some of the other eateries on my list, but I’ve visited loads of times for brunch and always experienced good service and left with a happy belly! The decor has a relaxed, homely feel with original brickwork and wood panelling. The brunch/breakfast menu is varied and includes a good selection of veggie options.

High points – central location & friendly, efficient service
Low points – brunch menu only served till 1pm at weekends and 12noon weekdays
Notable dish – Bill’s breakfast

22-24 West Nile Street, G1 2PW, http://www.bills-website.co.uk

5. TriBeCa

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There are 3 American style NYC inspired TriBeCa diners in Glasgow but I normally head to the Park Road branch. At the weekends this place is always bouncing and on occasions I have arrived to a queue of hungry diners not just outside the main entrance but half way down the street! The extensive brunch/lunch menu is served 7 days 8am till 5pm and caters for all with breakfasts, eggs and pancakes to omelettes, sandwiches, burgers and salads.

High points – extensive menu with good selection of sweet or savoury dishes
Low points – a bit pricey, service can be slow at times
Notable dish – Manhattan Grand Slam breakfast

144 Park Road, G4 9HB, http://www.tribecabarandgrill.com

4. Wilson Street Pantry

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Wilson Street Pantry (WSP) is a recent find for me but it’s inclusion shows how highly I rate it from only a couple of visits. Located in the heart of Merchant City this cafe & deli is a wee gem. The cafe is bright and relaxed with monochrome decor and an open plan kitchen. The all day brunch menu includes granola, porridge, French toast & eggs on muffins & hollandaise. I’ve visited on both a Saturday and Sunday and the place has the perfect weekend vibe. So grab a seat at the big window table and watch the world go by…

High points – High quality ingredients
Low points – not as varied menu as other eateries on my list
Notable dish – WSP granola, yoghurt & berry compote

6 Wilson Street, G1 1SS, Tel: 0141 552 0606

3. Cafezique

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Cafezique proclaim they serve ‘Glasgow’s best breakfast’ and judging by the popularity of my third top brunch spot, it looks like many Glaswegians agree with this statement! Located in Hyndland this neighbourhood cafe is stylish and bright with huge floor to ceiling windows. The cafe is small with tables squeezed around the ground floor bar and open kitchen. The mezzanine level offers more seating but all in all Cafezique is a rather tight squeeze! What it lacks in room though, it makes up in delicious, fresh food and friendly service. This is one place well worth the wait.

High points – locally sourced ingredients
Low points – first come, first served basis before 5pm at weekends so be prepared to wait for a table
Notable dish – French toast with puddledub bacon

66 Hyndland Street, G11 5PT, http://www.delizique.com

2. Hillhead Bookclub

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Hillhead Bookclub (HB) might be a hipster west end bar attracting the student population but for weekend brunch, for me personally, it’s one of the best. As HB say ‘we set out to offer Saturday & Sunday salvation in the form of perfectly poached eggs, fluffy pancakes, French toast and the occasional curveball like pulled duck baked beans with toasted brioche to help cure the pain of the night before.’ The category B listed building is beautifully unique and retains period details alongside on trend shabby chic interior. This is bohemian hipster at its very best. Think retro computer games corner, bingo, ping pong tables and sewing clubs. Head along at the weekend and expect to be munching on your eggs a la Bookclub listening to a mix of vinyl classics turning on old gramophones whilst the vintage fair gets into full swing on the mezzanine above you. Don’t be surprised if you emerge hours later sporting a beard and a panache for all things Finnieston!

High points – bespoke veggie menu with quality vegetarian options, good value for money
Low points – the eclectic taste might not be for everyone!
Notable dish – pancakes with honey, jam & butter (the wee general says they are the best pancakes in Glasgow)

17 Vinicombe Street, G12 8SJ, http://www.hillheadbookclub.co.uk

1. Singl-end

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Followers of my social media sites will know how much I harp on about this spacious basement cafe and bakehouse. So much so I have awarded Singl-end my numero uno Glasgow brunch spot. Located in Garnethill, Singl-end is your perfect lazy Sunday afternoon hang out personified. On entering the relaxed, roomy cafe you can smell the freshly baked bread and are greeted with probably the best home baking selection I’ve ever laid eyes on! The glass top tables contain vintage postcards and handwritten notes and letters; it’s like being propelled back into a different era. All day breakfasts include meat, veggie & vegan options and gluten free dishes are a plenty. Homemade bread is made onsite and there is a wide selection to choose from. With a Mediterranean feel, the food is rustic, unique and utterly delicious. I’ve visited this quirky cafe a good few times now and each time it continues to impress.

High points – everything!
Low points – a bit off the beat & track
Notable dish – Singl-end Eggs Benedict

265 Renfrew Street, G3 6TT, http://www.singl-end.co.uk

No Ad Libbing with these pros!

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Sex and the City has done for cocktails what hipsters did for beards! Carrie and the team helped with the cocktail revival, but luckily you don’t have to go all the way to the Big Apple to sip em! Ad Lib on Ingram Street in Merchant City has recently been refurbished and the place is looking mighty fine! Along with fresh, new decor and a varied American diner style food menu, Ad Lib have debuted their new cocktail menu, bringing some Manhattan glamour to Ingram Street!

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The stylish bar area is the centrepiece of the restaurant and looks extremely welcoming. Soft lighting makes the bar feel cosy and intimate – it’s the type of bar you could imagine Carrie Bradshaw sipping on a cocktail! Next to the bar area there is a mixture of booths and tables with comfy seats. On arrival my blogger friend, Katie, and I were seated at a table next to the bar and were given the cocktail menu for our perusal.

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The brand new cocktail menu not only includes crowd pleasers such as Cosmopolitan and French Martini, but house speciality cocktails such as Ad Lib Breeze and Jodi May. I love a good cocktail, but I have to be honest and say I’m not the most adventurous! So the Ad Lib cocktail menu is perfect for me as contains a good selection of old favourites and new ones to try.

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To start I went for one of my all time favourite cocktails, frozen Strawberry Daquiri (Rum, sugar, fresh lime juice, fresh strawberries blended with ice). As I was drinking this tropical paradise I almost forgot I was in bitterly cold Glasgow and had got soaked in a snow shower en route to the restaurant!

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Katie went for her favourite, French Martini (Vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice). Katie’s response ‘tres bien!’

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Next up we ordered some tasty snacks to soak up the alcohol including beef nachos, sweet potato & black bean koftas, mac n cheese & jalapeño & cheese cornbread. Very tasty and perfect bar snacks to share with a couple of cocktails!

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Time for another cocktail to wash our food down! I decided to try a house cocktail, Ad Lib Breeze (Gin, Chambord and apple juice). I was worried the apple juice might make the cocktail a bit sweet but it was lovely and refreshing.

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Katie opted for the Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer & fresh lime juice). Katie loved it and although I’m not a fan of ginger beer I had a wee sip and really enjoyed it.

Ad Lib has a fantastic bar area, making sublime cocktails as well as a good selection of wines, beers and spirits. Open till 1am Friday & Saturday nights, the sophisticated bar area is the type of place you would spend hours catching up with friends over a scrumptious cocktail. I’m sure Carrie, Miranda, Samantha & Charlotte would give Ad Lib the thumbs up!

Date visited: Wednesday 27th April 2016
Ad Lib Merchant City
33 Ingram Street
Glasgow
G1 1HA
Tel: 0141 552 5736
Website: http://www.adlibglasgow.com

Check out Katie’s blog at http://www.goodgirlgoneblog.com

No Smoke screen to hide behind with us bloggers!

 

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Something strange happened in Glasgow last week. This huge yellow ball was hovering in the sky and it brought a warmth that Glaswegians normally only experience after a few drams…. Yes we had three sunny, warm days in a row! Really, summer was glorious this year, those three days of sunshine were braw. I write this jokingly but will no doubt read this review back in six months time and have a tear in my eye at how accurate I was! Oh let’s hope not.

So when the sun is out and the mood is good, what better food to tuck into but barbecue food? Luckily last Thursday new BBQ restaurant Smoke invited us lovely bloggers to come along and sample some of the meaty delights on offer!

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Already with branches in Sheffield and Leeds, Smoke opened its doors in Glasgow on 11th April 2016. Smoke is inspired by real wood fire pit cooking to achieve the most authentic barbecue flavour. Approaching the restaurant on West Regent Street the huge glass frontage is very impressive and dominates a large section of an office block. The restaurant is big and very airy with plenty of dining space and a large curved bar area and open plan kitchen. The decor has an industrial feel with exposed beams, steel furnishings and quirky finishings such as washing machine drums used as light shades. The grey interior keeps with the barbecue theme, giving a warm charcoal feel. Is it unique? Not really but the place looks great.

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The menu contains a wide variety of American barbecue cuisine including burgers, chilli, steak and sharer plates. Vegetarians are also catered for with a range of vegetarian sides.

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We were presented with the Smoke sharer plate which consisted of pulled pork, baby back ribs, barbeque turkey leg, chicken thighs, house hot link sausage, brisket, jalapeño corn bread muffin & pickled slaw! Phew! I love big portions but even for me this amount of food between two is immense! After staring at the feast before us with excitement, but also slight fear, we tucked in and took on board the restaurants mantra to ‘get dirty’ (at one point there was a turkey leg getting devoured like we had been transported back to pre historic ages and brought out our primeval instincts!)

The stand out elements for me were the pulled pork which was nestled in a brioche bun, chicken thighs, sausage and smoked brisket. Everything was cooked well with an authentic barbecue flavour. Add in a generous helping of Smokes own BBQ sauce and all the aromas and flavours were brought together. Rich, sweet and smokey, the sauce complimented the meat and smoke flavours beautifully. The corn bread muffin was nice and had good heat but I found it a bit dry and personally I felt the slaw didn’t bring anything to the dish. Once the meat sweats kicked in we had to admit defeat, so the lovely staff bagged up our leftovers to take home with us!

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Next up was a trio of desserts consisting of chocolate brownie, smores and dime bar cheesecake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Everything was tasty but my favourite was the chocolate brownie, it was perfectly gooey and moist and tasted delicious with the creamy vanilla ice cream. I also liked the smores, a biscuit base topped with melted marshmallow and chocolate, it was really in keeping with the barbecue theme. My least favourite was the dime bar cheesecake but that’s just my personal taste as I’m not a big cheesecake fan.

We were offered complimentary beer to wash down our dinner, but as I was driving I had to stick to a wee lemonade. My fellow diners enjoyed the wee trio of beers and informed me the Smoke American Red lager was their favourite.

Before we left co-owner Duka Nagy came over and chatted with us and listened to our feedback. Lovely touch and great ending to a fantastic evening.

Smoke certainly has all the winning formulas and I will definitely return with family and friends. It has took simple, comforting food which we associate with good times, and ensured the cooking method is kept true to authentic BBQ style. I wish Duka and the team all the best as Smoke is a great addition to Glasgow’s vibrant food scene.

High points

Impressive, airy restaurant
Friendly, attentive staff

Low points

Not the best place to take vegetarian friends!
Limited wine by the glass selection

Date visited: Thursday 21st April 2016
Smoke Barbecue
2 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 1RW
Tel: 0141 442 0420
Website: http://www.smokebbq.co.uk