Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Another child friendly place that serves decent food.

Salad special of the day marinaded melon with Parma ham and goats cheese. This was very good.

The hunters rabbit rice dish. The rabbit was moist and it was a generous portion size although I wish they had used a different grain of rice.

3 very large fresh king prawns, sweet flesh with a very tasty chilli caper dressing.


Italian caffe

I have been coming to this place for at least 7 years and glad to see its still going strong. It's perfect for a Paleo ish diet and suits my eldest (5yrs old) palate too.
We had lovely mother- son lunch
With a very good steak tartare with a lot of cornichon and capers and that had a good bite to it too.
Beef carpaccio with rocket and mussels in marinara sauce.

Lovely beef carpaccio

Green olives only


Bread meats bread

I am a bit late to this party but this place is felt to be one of the best burger places in Glasgow. HI days it's the best and he has sampled a fair few so I take his word for it.
Like many trendy places (yes, I am old) it doesn't take reservations and at lunchtime there was a queue out the door.
They are child tolerant which is a good thing for us and the service was reasonable given how busy it was.
My eldest pronounced his share of my burger 'very delicious' and was very taken with the poutine. Really who wouldn't be? Chips, cheese and gravy...

The Gannet

My first meal at the Gannet was a bit of a pleasant surprise. I was meeting a friend for a catch up and had thought it more of a bar that served small plates. I was not expecting a proper restaurant at the back with cooking that showed good technique and a refined touch.
The service was very good too. Kevin used to be the maitre d at La Valle Blanche, which has sadly closed down. Warm and professional without being intrusive.
The bread was excellent. I don't eat bread much these days but ate some as it was so good.
The only disappointment was the treacle tart, which was too sweet and I had to leave it. It was more of a golden syrup tart than treacle. My bar is set high after eating the treacle tart of my dreams at 10 Greek St earlier this year. Crispy chewy top, dark not too sweet middle with the right amount of texture and a bottom that was not too soggy.
The food was very tasty and overall I am more impressed with this place than Ox and Finch although I am more excited by the menu at the latter. If only the two would get together and have a love child together..

Ox and Finch

The Ox and Finch is run by the people who run Scoop the mobile catering enterprise. It's doing very well for itself with Friday's and Saturdays being booked out 4-5 weeks in advance.
The first time I went I was quite impressed, it had a good buzz, I am partial to the small plate concept and the menu read no where like Glasgow, but reminded me of 10 Greek St and Nopi instead.
The second time I was less impressed primarily due to the fact I had had a meal at the Gannet the week before, and the ability to compare the two made me realise that the although the menu sounds great at Ox and Finch, the execution is slightly off. That being said its still very good for Glasgow but not Good enough for London or Edinburgh.
The one dish that is noteworthy is the peanut butter parfait with cherry jam. Very reminiscent of Jason Atherton at Maze or even PSS and in some ways better than the one found at Spuntino.

Crab, avocado and watermelon- maybe better as a salad than on bruschetta?

Very good beef carpaccio with fig and truffle oil



Lamb with couscous- could have been special but was disappointing

Decent chips crispy and fluffy

Good Thai confit duck one of the better dishes

Excellent peanut butter parfait

Unmenorable chocolate tart.


The Gannet

Until 7pm they serve small plates. The service is vey good with Kevin in particular being professional whilst personable.
The food is actually very good, showing good technique and a refined touch, although one might say even for small plates the portion size are a touch parsimonious. However, overall you will forgive that, as it is a pleasurable dining experience.

Perfectly cooked scallop with very tasty confit chicken thigh.

Good smoked salmon as home cured but being in Scotland you can get better.

Tasty chicken terrine

Pulled pork croquette

The house specialty duck egg with black pudding scotch egg.

Good triple cooked chips with vinegar, crunchy outside, soft inside.

The richest of the dishes, a great winter dish slow cooked diamond of beef with pomme purée.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


We had a reservation for breakfast at the Chiltern firehouse which I ended up cancelling due to their poor kitchen inspection report. Instead we went to Balthazar which frankly left me a bit cold. Granted the room is lovely and indistinguishable from the New York room, but the whole experience was over and done with in 30mins. Ideal for a business lunch but a bit slick for the start of our trip. 
It started with the coffee. For £3.50 you get one small cup of filter coffee for the same price at what used to be the St John hotel you got a whole cafetiere. I asked for two scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and asked that instead of toast that I could get salad. Did I get any? No. Did I get any toast either? No. Rachel had an egg royal and although you can pay double to get two eggs, £9 gets you what can only be described as a lonely looking poached egg.
I won't go back as there are too many better places for breakfast.