Glasgow Food Map (Summer eats)

Breakfast

Bramble Cafe Giffnock

I can not fault this place. Wonderful fresh food, great service and spotlessly clean. The cafe is small, so sometimes I’ve had to wait for a table… but absolutely worth it. Delicious cakes for after, and fantastic coffee.

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Brunch

Cafe Strange Brew

ALWAYS busy, but for good reason. I could shout about these pancakes all day – they’re incredible. Great food, quirky and fun atmosphere. Always buzzing with groups and families – super fresh food with an ever-changing specials board. Strange and fabulous!

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Wine bar

Vino Valentino

Why has nobody ever told me about Vino Valentino? My dad took me here for some wine tasting mid-week, and what a delight! The bar/shop is small and cosy and ran by an Italian family – who are all very knowledgable. The set up is very charming, with a large sit around wooden table that seats about 12 people – so could easily pop in for a glass alone or as a group for wine tasting and nibbles.

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Fast Food

Kimchi Cult

If you’re looking for something a little different and bursting with flavour Kimchi Cult is the one. Korean style fast food available to sit in or take away – burgers, loaded fries, rice bowls, fried chicken… all delicious and topped with Kimchi (fermented cabbage). Fast and friendly service, great for a quick meal.

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Date night

Gather by Zique

It takes a lot for me to say this, but I’ve found a new favourite. Gather by Zique is outstanding, a restaurant that combines fine dining in a relaxed environment is something that Glasgow has needed for sometime. Our service was delightful, very helpful and non-intrusive and the food was exceptionally fresh and delicious. The wine was great, the cocktails were even better and with such a lovely ambience I could begin and end a night here with no complaints. I can not wait to revisit.

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Steak night

(at home)

Is anyone else growing tired of overpriced steak in restaurants, especially when you know you can create something just as tasty (if not tastier) at home for less than half the price? Steak night is now date night at home for us… and this week we ditched the usual red wine suspect for something different. Wester Spirit Co. have just launched the first in a series of collaborative projects with ampersand01 and microbrewery DRYGATE in creating this Spiced Scotch Ale. The Ale is developed from Wester’s spiced rum (which is also fantastic, and makes a great dark and stormy) and has lovely rich flavours of ginger and vanilla.

We cook our steaks really simply on a hot griddle pan, salt, pepper, rosemary and some whole garlic cloves (2mins each side for rare) – then serve with some steamed greens.

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Dinner party (for 6)

So keen to make paella we even bought a new pan – and spent too much money on saffron, but again… worth it! Traditionally paella is made with chicken and chorizo along with all your fresh seafood – but we skipped the chicken and made up our own recipe… which is (as far as I can remember)…

  • 350g paella rice (a bit more if your feeding a hungry bunch)
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 12 raw tiger prawns/large bag (more the merrier)
  • 12-16 mussels (with or without shells)
  • 6-8 langoustines
  • 70g frozen peas
  • 1 or 2 lemons
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 large onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (roughly chopped)
  • 150g spanish chorizo (skin removed and chopped)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Fry onion, pepper and chorizo (6-8 mins medium heat)
  2. Add garlic, paprika, cayenne and saffron (1min)
  3. Add tomatoes, season and add 2pints boiling water and simmer uncovered for 10mins
  4. Add rice and simmer uncovered for another 15-20mins
  5. Add seafood and cook until ready (5-10 mins depending on how much is added)
  6. If the rice has become too dry and isn’t ready yet add some more water now (with some extra seasoning)
  7. Serve with lemon!

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Thanks for reading – if anyone gives my paella recipe a shot let me know how it turns out… sorry in advance if its rubbish.

Rona x

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Tasting Scotland – Seafood Special

What an incredible day, we are going home happy, sun-kissed and full up on seafood! We left Glasgow at 9am this morning for a one day gastro and cultural tour of the west coast, and we are blown away by everything we have experienced today. From food and scenery to drink and conversation we have thoroughly enjoyed our day with Tasting Scotland.

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Top 5 elements from my Tasting Scotland experience 

Brenda! This tour of the west coast really thrives from the master mind behind the brand. Brenda and her talented team have such incredible knowledge of food & drink heritage – specifically in Scotland but also worldwide. Throughout the day we had fantastic conversations with Brenda about food through the ages, local food history along with recipe tips and restaurant recommendations.

Chatting to industry professionals – I found this a really special element of the trip. At each location we were introduced to local people working in the smokehouses, on the production line and in the restaurants and kitchens, which gave us an extra insight into Scottish seafood.

A tailored experience – as well as the Wednesday Weekly tour (that leaves from Glasgow every Wednesday morning), Brenda and her team are experts in creating tailored tasting experiences. Weather it’s whisky, craft beer or gin, seafood or curries they can create packages perfectly suited to your personal taste. Brenda was telling us about a 3 day tour she recently set up for a client that included hand selected accommodation, luxury transport as well as lunch, dinner and activities every day. What a way to experience Scotland at its best!

Luxury products and locations – Tasting Scotland tours are SO far from naff Scottish tat and the unfortunate reputation we have for deep-fried food! Brenda focuses solely on the luxury market and premium Scottish product which is incredibly beneficial in the support of local businesses while at the same time gives her clients a taste for what Scotland really has to offer.

For locals as well as visitors – having grown up on the west coast surrounded by stunning scenery and eating local seafood I was really intrigued by this tour and whether or not it would be worthwhile for me… and truthfully it was such a great day, I wouldn’t hesitate to book again. I learnt so much from Brenda; about food, cooking, drink pairing as well as local history that I had never picked up on before. I am already sending messages to my friends and family to recommend Tasting Scotland – a 5 star experience in every way.

So where did we go?

Brunch at Luss Seafood Bar and a look around Luss SmokehouseIMG_0716IMG_3644IMG_3634IMG_3651Champagne Lunch at Loch Fyne Oyster BarIMG_0724IMG_0726IMG_0733IMG_3664IMG_3672IMG_3769Guided tour of Inverary Castle and gardensIMG_3767IMG_3692IMG_3682IMG_3679

If you are interested in a Tasting Scotland tour feel free to contact Brenda Anderson by email at brenda@tastingscotland.com or on +44(0)7974212529 – she’s super friendly!

http://www.tastingscotland.com

Thank you to Tasting Scotland for inviting us along.

Thanks for reading 

R x

A Glasgow Food Map ROUND 2

STEAK NIGHT - The Butchershop Bar & Grill

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The atmosphere of a thriving city centre restaurant but located in a quiet spot by Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow’s West End. Great quality steaks, prepped and presented exceptionally well. Steak night was our family night out, my three big brothers can eat a lot and this place did not disappoint, there wasn’t a single hungry tummy at the end of the night. Our waiter was extremely attentive and kept our wine & cocktails topped up all evening!

WEEKDAY LUNCH - Epicures of Hyndland

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I have a massive soft spot for Epicures – I don’t know why; but I always feel at home here. From breakfast, brunch, lunches, dinner, coffees and cocktails, I would check this place out for every occasion. Neither fancy, or too casual, the environment in Epicures doesn’t set many rules, i’ve hung out here in a pair of dungarees and flip-flops but also turned up in a dress and heels for dinner! It’s a busy cafe at the weekends; but the perfect place to chill mid week. I love taking a book here, or some sketchbooks and working my way through a few flat whites… and occasionally a red wine… or two!

PICNIC LUNCH - Marthas

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Sorry, bad pictures ^ but by the time I got my Martha’s home it had sloshed around a little! I love a Martha’s, I genuinely eat here at least once a week. It is healthy, hearty, fast food in the centre of Glasgow – nearly all of their meals are less than 500 calories and are SO filling! Heartbreakingly closed at the weekends, Martha’s is a Mon-Fri lunch time fix – although good news, recently they have extended their hours so they are now open until 9pm on week nights. Hello Deliveroo!

HOME COOKING - Homemade Monkfish Curry

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A rich dinner, that costs less – we sourced some beautiful fresh monkfish from a fishmonger in Glasgow and those juicey sweet vine tomatoes came from Celinos Deli in the west end. We lightly followed a Jamie Oliver recipe – and added a few variations to substitute missing ingredients. Fab recipe – I totally recommend!

TASTING MENU - 111 by Nico

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So, I am swayed on tasting menus. I’ve had so many mediocre 5 course/7course tasting menus that I tend to roll my eyes at them now. However; 111 by Nico did it so well – I was truly blown away. Every single course tasted unique, fresh and contemporary. There is also a beautiful philosophy behind the restaurant which I think is incredible – 111 is an academy that provides young people who have had a poor start in life the experience and opportunities they need to gain expert skills needed to be a top chef. Eating here was a really fun and interesting experience, I will be booking again soon! 111 has also recently introduced their Tuesday Taste Club – 6 course taster for £20!

DATE NIGHT - Ubiquitous Chip

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“The Chip” – Ashton Lane’s finest! Beautiful atmosphere, professional and friendly service, local ingredients and outstanding food. We ate downstairs in the restaurant which is uniquely stunning; climbing greenery, twinkling lights, a cobbled stone floor and a large water feature that brings the fresh of the outdoors, inside! The Chip also have their own farm! What’s more delightful than knowing they sow it, grow it, harvest it, cook it and deliver it to you in the freshest possible way; I love that!

COCKTAILS - Kelvingrove Cafe

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The snuggest most welcoming hide away in Finnieston – with an open fire and walls covered in contemporary Parisian art the Kelvingrove Cafe is ideal for a drizzly afternoon cocktail or glass of wine. The bartenders and waiting staff are all really enthusiastic and attentive, they’ll chat to you about their ever changing drinks list and tell you exactly what vineyard your wine came from. They also do really delicious heart warming food!

Thanks for reading –

R x