I'm a dieting girl living in the food paradise which is the West End of Glasgow, where there is literally a gorgeous restaurant or cafe on every corner. the blog gives reviews about dinner, lunch & brunch reviews from the Best Restaurants, Coffee Shops & Bars in Glasgow, Scotland
In Glasgow we aren’t short of an Italian restaurant. And whether you like old school Italian trattorias, modern Italian fusion, pizza, pasta, or a delicious deli you can find them all here. Personally I am a fan of all of these, and think they all have their place in the food scene in the city. However, I thought it was time to introduce you to a personal favourite of mine – Eusebi Deli, on Park Rd in the west end. This is a restaurant come deli which I can often be found enjoying a coffee and cake, a delicious bowl of pasta, or a tasty brunch.
Venue: Eusebis is the quintessential modern Italian restaurant. Giovanna, the owner, is often found buzzing about making everyone feel welcomed and loved. The atmosphere is always a warm and positive one when she is around, so you immediately just feel good by being near her. Although layout wise – the restaurant-come-deli can be difficult to navigate when busy, with staff and customers falling over each other, due to the busy deli counter being located in amongst the dining tables. At times it can lead to customers being made to feel awkward and like they are in the way.
Staff: Generally in the past service has been a fairly hit and miss topic for me, but is WAY better than it was when it first opened. In fact it is testament to how good I think the food is here that I have continued to go back over the years, because the service at times has been pretty bad. However in the last 6-12 months I do feel that there has been a massive improvement, with slow service rare.
Menu: With different breakfast, weekend brunch, daytime and evening menus it’s easy to get confused with what is on offer when at Eusebis. But what will consistently be available is interesting and delicious sounding dishes. The freshly made pasta dishes, and pizza romana comes in a dazzling selection of toppings and combinations which will leave you spoilt for choice.
Food: Everytime I visit Eusebis the food seems to get better and better. Their pasta, which is clearly made with love from scratch every day, is some of the best you will find in the city. For my money the Pappardelle Gorgonzola is one of the finest plates of food you will find anywhere – the lush thick ribbons of housemade pasta come coated in a pungent and flavorful gorgonzola fonduta, topped with sweet onion and rosemary. Every single plate at Eusebis is a work of art – both visually and in taste.
Welcome to my new blog feature – The Saturday Review. A brief to the point review of some of Glasgow’s most talked about dining spots and hidden gems.
Today I’m kicking off my new weekly feature with a visit to one of the darlings of the food scene over the last 12 months, Five March. It’s as cool as a cucumber, and the menu is brimming with intriguing and unusual ingredients – but does it live up to the hype?
Venue: Five March, located on Elderslie Street, is where the cool kids dine. As Coolio himself once said it’s a hipsters paradise…or he said something like that I am sure. Lots of wood, vintage style school chairs and plants. Think under done and minimalist, with a smear of scandi chic.
Staff: Now I’m not going to lie when I walked in and saw how cool and hipster the vibe was I thought that the staff might be kinda cold and too cool for school. But actually that couldn’t be further from the truth…the staff were super friendly, helpful and warm.
Menu: As seems to be more often the case now in Glasgow the menu here is based on a selection of medium sized sharing plates. Beware tho you better know your dining partners reasonably well because a fork and knife are often involved in splitting the dishes. The menu is seasonal and changes reasonably often.
Food: The food is kinda epic, and although small plate restaurants can be a bit hit and miss on a dish by dish basis I’ve found Frive March to be pretty consistently excellent. The dishes sound super interesting with a heavy emphasis on season produce. Think tender melt in your mouth Beef Cheek with coconut madras, Falafel with za’alouk, pickled onion and quinoa taboleh, or Fried Potatoes with Japanese mayo and togarashi salt.
Price: Again in line with other small plate restaurants I tend to find this a reasonably expensive way to dine, with dishes range from £5 – £13 you could rack up a pretty sizable bill accidentally. However the portions are pretty generous, and we have found the 5 plates between 2 is about the right amount. I would say it’s not cheap but brilliant food and well worth the..
This is a phrase that has followed me around my entire life, it all started when I was wee and my Grandad would tell me often that I had verbal diarrhea (charming huh?)
This love of words and description has naturally fallen over into my writing. Why use one word to describe a dish/restaurant/experience when I can use 10! But the truth of the matter is that my love of writing in the last 12\24 months has shifted over to a love of trying to tell a story with photography – I still enjoy the process of putting my thoughts down, I just perhaps don’t need to do it in 1500 word restaurant reviews anymore.
So where does that leave us?
Well in 2018 I think I wrote 5 restaurant reviews, not because I hadn’t been to any fantastic new restaurants. It’s because I feel like people don’t really want to read long drawn out reviews anymore. I know I find myself skimming over posts now looking for the edited highlights….the bones of the point that the writer is making. As a society, more and more, we are looking for the information we digest in bite sized chunks because our time is a precious commodity.
However, I love sharing my thoughts on a new restaurants, and helping you guys find your way into the places that I think are knocking it out the park in G-Town.
So this is how I plan to move forward with the GFG Blog – my blog posts are going to be a lot shorter.
Do I really need to use 300 words to describe the vibe of a restaurant when I am showing you the pictures? Of course not. Do you actually need to hear my thoughts on every single element of my meal ( a meal that may not even be on the menu when you visit?) probably not. What you really want to know is should I go here and spend my extremely hard earned money. You don’t necessarily care just how smooth the mash potato was.
I will be getting much more to the point – well as much as I can, I am sure I will go off in tangents at times. But I will be looking to nail every review in under 500 words (believe me this is a challenge of gigantic proportion, given that this blog post is already 409 words, and I feel like this is barely an intro) My posts are going to be WAY more image heavy, because I find that is really the kind of posts that I like to read now so why wouldn’t I write in the same style.
I am looking forward to evolve GFG over the coming month. I hope that you enjoy the new style reviews and find them still as informative, and I hope funny. They will just be a wee bit shorter and not as wordy.
When I was a kid I didn’t really get it, mostly because I was too deep in the depressing post christmas come down.
In my clubbing years, I found the whole thing infinitely disappointing when it turned out it wasn’t really the biggest night of the year. It was just the busiest and most expensive….I have never been more flat or broke than I was 1st January 2000
In the late 20’s I mostly ignored it.
But in my 30’s I like to acknowledge the passing of another year, mostly because they seem to disappear now in the blink of an eye (seriously where has the last year gone? Feck, where has the last 10 years gone???) . And so I try to take stock of the year passing and plan for the New Year ahead.
Throughout my life though what has been constant at New Year is traditions! A wee dram and a kiss at midnight to strengthen romance for the year ahead. A boozy sing-a-long to Auld Lang Syne, watching the fireworks from Edinburgh Castle, Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, the Corries and Jackie Bird, are just a few of the things that spring to mind when I think of midnight on the 31st of December.
Some of the best traditions have unfortunately fallen out of favour – First-Footing for example. I used to love going first footing when I was wee. I bet there are now quite few of you who don’t even know what it is.
It is basically just going to visit neighbours, friends and family in the hours after midnight. You would normally take a small first foot gift like a tin of shortbread or a house plant – because turning up empty handed was considered to be very bad luck. You then in return would be offered a wee dram to welcome in the New Year (there were often a lot of big drams floating about).
Then of course there are the weird traditions – one my favourites is religiously followed every year by my niece. She is frankly obsessed with opening the front and back doors at midnight. The idea is that as the old year is ushered out the back door we welcome the New Year through the front. Weird but I like it.
And of course we can’t forget about New Year’s resolutions, which will be broken usually within hours if you are anything like me. Obviously my New Year’s resolution is to go on a diet, as it has been for the last 20 years….it’s tradition!! I always vow that this will be the year I finish it looking like Gisele….that is until dessert is offered at New Year’s day dinner. And all thoughts of being a 6ft brazilian Supermodel are swifty replaces with the taste of sweet gooey chocolate and cream – pah! I bet the amazonian mega babe with the hot hot husband isn’t even that happy anyway.
Speaking of New Year’s Day dinner, this has to be my favourite tradition of all. If you are Scottish, or indeed in Scotland the only acceptable meal to have on the 1st of January is a humongous steak pie.
Melt in your mouth beef, drowning in a sea of thick meaty gravy, all served under a blanket of the most perfect buttery flaky puff pastry. Naturally this will be enjoyed with creamy fluffy mash potatoes and sweet carrots – it’s the stuff of dreams.
We usually get our steak pie from the lovely M&S, because it is my one of my favourite pies and never fails to deliver. Thankfully at this time of year they do a 1kg steak pie, which is the absolute business for feeding the masses on New Years Day.
I love the traditions that surround Hogmanay in Scotland – in case you haven’t worked it out yet I am a bit of a sentimental emotional wreck at times. So any kind of acknowledgement of starting something new, and letting go of something past always has me practically vibrating with all the feels. This year has been a pretty awful year for me, so I for one will be thrilled to see the back of it and the start of a new one.
And so as we see 2018 out the back door, and welcome the new year in the front I want to wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and delicious 2019.
This post is somewhat different from my regular posts…and I promise to keep it brief, I just wanted to share some exciting news with you guys.
Along with my friend, Evalyn from Glasgow Gourmet I have decided to set up a business providing Social Media Management to small local independent businesses in Glasgow and surrounding areas.
As you are all more than aware I LOVE Instagram and creating content so this seems like a natural way in which to take this love forward.
I think now more than ever, small businesses are realising that Instagram is one of the most important business tools they have. And in the last 6 months I have been approached by a number of restaurants in the city asking for help to run their social media or to create content for them. And I can not tell you how much I love it, and it turns out I’m also kinda good at it….who knew!?!So after many many chats with the lovely Evalyn (who has a style that I am constantly swooning over), we decided that this would be a great fun project to do together – after all, two cameras are always better than one. So Gram Social was born.
Our aim is very much to help small local independent businesses make the most out of their business instagram in helping them produce great, approachable, friendly insta content.
The reason I wanted to write up a quick post is that I wanted to let you know that this is a totally separate thing to Glasgow Food Geek, which will remain completely the same and be unaffected by this. I don’t anticipate any kind of crossover on my instagram account, however if there was I would ALWAYS make sure that it was super clear. And I see absolutely no way at all it would affect the blog.
I thought it was really important for me to jump on here and just clear that up – my reputation as being honest on GFG is at the forefront of my mind at all times and this will absolutely not change at all. I believe in putting my money where my mouth is and that will never change.
So we are super excited, our website isn’t live yet but naturally our instagram is up and running so pop over and say hello and give us a wee follow.
I freaking love brunch, it is my most favourite meal of the week. So I wanted to jump on and post this recipe which I made for the first time this week.
I feel like in the last few months I am really starting to get back into cooking and baking again. And whenever I post a #homemade post on Instagram I always get so many people sliding into my DM’s asking for the recipe – so you can expect me to be sharing more recipes on here with you guys.
This week I cooked up a delicious chickpea brunch that I am calling Campfire Beans because it tasted amazingly smoky. It is really fast to make, hardly has any ingredients, and only takes about 10 minutes…it’s so simple but absolutely delicious. It is well worth trying.
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Red Onion, grated
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
200ml Tomato Passata
400g Chickpeas (I just used a tin, drained of water)
2 Slices of Sourdough bread
1 clove of garlic
Step 1. In a wok/frying pan heat the oil over a medium heat, add the grated onion and cook the onion until it is soft, this should only take a few minutes. Add paprika and mix into the onions, it should look like a paste consistency. Cook for a minute or two.
Step 2. Add passata to the mix, and season a little with salt and pepper, leave to simmer over a low to medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Add drained chickpeas to the sauce and again leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 3. While waiting for the campfire beans to cook, either pop your sourdough into the toaster, or if you are like me you can toast it in a grill pan to get this lush charred lines. Once toasted get the peeled clove of garlic and give it a light bash with a rolling pin just to make it a little easier to rub all over the toasted sourdough.
Step 4. Once the beans have simmers, pick some fresh coriander and add it to the beans and mix.
Step 5. Stack your garlic sourdough onto a plate and then pour an avalanche of campfire beans over the bread, top with a few leaves of coriander and enjoy immediately.
Fun fact about me: The first song I ever learnt from beginning to end was the song That’s Amore by Dean Martin. I vividly remember being 4\5 years old sitting on the back seat of my Grandad’s car belting it out with him, and to this day I still absolutely love that song…in fact I love swing/rat pack music generally.
And with a line like ‘When the Moon hits your eyes like a big Pizza Pie, that’s Amore’ – is it really any wonder that my love affair with pizza has been a life long and consuming love.
So when my buddy, Miss Sharon from House of Herby, asked if I fancied a Pizza date at Paesano on Great Western Road I jumped at the change. Then I realised I had never actually written up a review for the West End Hot spot which is a shocking state of affairs…..a travesty which surely needs immediately rectified.
(Now before I bust out into my review I need to give you a quick heads up – I took virtually no photos because I was too busy gabbing with Shazza…I did get some of the food, but that is it.)
Situated right slap bang in the middle of Great Western Road, Paesano feels like a vast pizza emporium of deliciousness. It is way bigger inside that you would think, with it’s high ceilings and nice big windows the place just feels massive.
And while I dig the decor I do feel that the place is just a wee bit soulless for me. This is not a place designed to linger in my opinion – the tables are really packed into this huge open space, and then there is the fact that the tables for two are really tight space wise when the two pizzas arrive. The chairs aren’t really comfortable, and because the ceilings are so high the noise levels are pretty loud because the sound bounces around the place. Having said that, don’t let that put you off, this isn’t a place you are supposed to hang out for hours – it’s an in, order, eat delicious food, and out kind of place….and it does that very very well.
Staff wise – they were pleasant enough, clearly the emphasis is on speed and getting people in and out as fast as possible tho. I hadn’t even got my bum on my seat and already we had a waiter asking us for our drinks order. Nice enough staff, I just had no interaction with them other that ordering and bringing food.
Now for the main event – the pizza pies! I decided to order the Number 7 – Fresh Tuscan fennel sausage with sugo, mozzarella and evoo, to this I also added some Salami Napoli. And in true paesano style we had our pizzas delivered to our table in no more than 7-8 minutes.
If you were to ask 100 people in Glasgow where their favourite pizza in the city is, 75% will say Paesano and I can see why – The pizza itself is neapolitan style with a light, fluffy airy crust, and a mega thin base. This is definitely a pizza which has to be eaten with a fork and knife because there isn’t enough structure to the base to be able to pick up a slice I have found.
The flavours were absolutely amazing – the sugo (or Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce to you and me) was tangy, bold and delicious. The fennel sausage was super meaty and slightly spicy and the mozarella was creamy. It is a freakishly amazing pizza.
Along with our pizzas we also ordered a side of Balsamic Onions were were AH-mazing – I love vinegar/balsamic stuff and these mini onions (like pickled onion size) had a super strong balsamic kick. I could eat a bowl of these just sitting at home watch an episode of Australian Masterchef.
We also ordered a portion of Fresh ricotta, with evoo and oregano and seasoned with salt and pepper. Now this was utterly lush – the ricotta was silky and smooth and the seasoning was fantastic. This is 100% a must order.
To be honest the food from top to bottom was a 10. Everything was just absolutely delicious.
Price wise ( as I said I forgot to take a picture) we were £33 for the two of us. That included 2 pizzas, 2 sides and four drinks so I think it was pretty fantastic value for money since the pizza was so large that I didn’t actually have dinner that evening because I was still stuffed 8 hours later.
All in all…I love paesano, it’s maybe not somewhere to linger and chat, but it is somewhere you can get a massive, delicious, cheap pizza really fast….what’s not to love about that.
As you guys know I am not one of those bloggers that shares every aspect of my life – I don’t think there is anything wrong with the bloggers that do, but it’s just not my bag.
For the most part what you see with me on the blog is what you get – in ‘real life’ I try not to take like too seriously, I am tongue in cheek, for the most part I do my best to be positive, and I try to be funny….oh and I swear A LOT! In fact when I meet people for the first time virtually everyone says that I speak and sound exactly like they image I do….which always makes me happy.
So with this in mind, last year I shared some stuff with you guys about my Mother-in-Laws battle with cancer a while ago. This isn’t an easy thing for me to talk about generally even now, but I wanted to really talk with you guys about how important I think cancer charities are. And specifically I wanted to encourage you to get involved in the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan.
Well it’s that time again – I have teamed up with my buddies at M&S to highlight again this year that cancer is no f@&ing joke ( see I told you I swear a lot) and it affects us all.
So this Friday (28th Sept) yet again M&S are supporting this hugely important charity by hosting Macmillan coffee mornings in their in-store cafes the length and breath of the country, to help raise much needed funds to help kick cancer into touch.
If you can’t make it into your local M&S on Friday morning don’t worry, you can still support this brilliant event by pop in and buy a selection of M&S cakes and host your own coffee morning – I am talking Victoria sponge, cupcakes, red velvet cake, coffee cake, lemon cake….and in my opinion best of all there is limited edition special Colin the Caterpillar cake who is decorated in Macmillan purple and green…any reason to buy a Colin is okay with me. And the best part is that with each purchase you make of the specially selected goodies M&S will make a donation to Macmillan.
This is a win-win folks – cake and raising money for an incredibly important charity. What’s not to love about that.
And if I still haven’t convinced you that you should get involved this year with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan – in the time it has taken you to read this blog post someone else in the UK has been diagnosed with cancer.
You know what I miss? KFC. Now I realise that KFC is in fact still in business, and can be found on high streets and retail parks the length and breath of the country.
No, what I miss is good KFC…the KFC of 2003 back when ‘I were a lass’ – when the chicken was plump and the batter was crispy, when the chips were the best of the Fast Food outlets and the krushems were tasty and creamy. Ah, it was a golden age, and I was lucky to have been alive to enjoy it.
God I miss good fried chicken. That is until now.
A few weeks back, while on the hunt for somewhere new to try for a spot of lunch we stumbled into Buck’s Bar. Now MrG was reluctant….he was convinced it wouldn’t be that great. But somewhere in the back of my mind I had this niggling feeling that it was worth a try. I know it’s not a super hot location in the city but I was vaguely aware of people talking about it being good and I wanted to give it a bash.
So in we walked with our expectations reasonably low, but starving and happy to give them a bash.
Located in a basement on West Regent Street, Buck’s Bar is surprisingly bright, for a basement thanks to the large windows (super unusual for basement spots). They are going for a down-south-dive-bar kind of feel with their ‘Make Chicken Great Again’ and ‘Hot Rack’ neon sign, hanging fairy lights and large wooden booths which all adds up to create this super cool, casual, relaxed bar.
The staff were really helpful, the waitress was happy to offer recommendations on the volume of food we should order, and if she thought we had missed anything etc. Perfectly great bar service.
The food…well it’s all chicken all the time. If you don’t want chicken this is not the spot for you. I’m talking chicken pieces, tenders, popcorn, burgers…..you name the chicken and it’s available on this menu.
It all sounded amazing, but there was no way I could look past their special – Chicken tenders, waffle, and Mac n’ Cheese….HAPPY DAYS! I know it’s not for everyone but I love the whole sweet savoury vibe.
And when my massive plate of food arrived it’s safe to say I nearly passed out with pure pleasure – it looked like my kinda heaven on a plate…..two massive sweet waffles drizzled with maple syrup, large crunchy well seasoned chicken that was ridiculously juicy. And a whole avalanche of thick creamy cheesy mac. I can not tell you how much I loved this dish…it just ticked all the boxes for me.
However the real winner of the day for me was the insanely brilliant popcorn chicken, which we ordered as a side dish for the table, which was just perfect. The large pieces of popcorn were again mega juicy and tender, and covered in a super crunchy crispy batter which had the slightest hint of heat in the seasoning. The portion was HUGE….to be honest although it is sold as a side it could easily be a meal.
Not to be out done, the Salt and Chilli chips were pure dead awesome – the chips were greasy and crisp in the very best way, and the salt and chilli seasoning was so deliciously moreish.