My Month in Food – August

As September is starting, here is a summary of my Glasgow food highlights from August. In this post you can read about Glasgow’s new healthy lunch hot spot sprigg; a South side newcomer, Short Long Black; retro gaming bar Super Bario; as well as the pop up Bun Life in Strata and the very popular seafood restaurant, The Crabshakk in Finnieston.

Starting with the new…

Sprigg – City Centre – Breakfast & Lunch

££: Inexpensive (Coffee/Tea £2; Breakfast up to £3; Lunch up to £6). 
Good for: coffee, breakfast, lunch, healthy food.

You can find sprigg on Ingram street, occupying a compact space near the Gallery of Modern Art. They have a fantastic breakfast and lunch bar with a lot of healthy options to suit everyone’s food preference, including vegan/vegetarian diets. The breakfast bar includes a good number of toppings: a wide variety of fruit, granola, yogurts, fruit juices, seeds and more, which you can use to create your breakfast pot (£2) or bowl (£3). Lunch options are made and changed daily, but often you will see roast chicken (the honey and chipotle chicken is delicious), tuna, falafels, and an impressive number of other salad ingredients that you can use to make your own salad.

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Breakfast bowl with Greek yogurt, granola, rose poached peaches and chia seeds.

The portion sizes are very good value for money too – around £5-£6 for most lunch options. If salad isn’t your thing, sprigg also offers (sweet) baked potatoes, soups and the Freedom Bakery bread and pastries. Finally, they serve delicious The Good Coffee Cartel too which is definite bonus points! Sprigg is also fully cashless (more bonus points). All in all, sprigg only opened just over a month ago and I’m already very much in love with their food, drinks and what they are doing. They are staff are superb too, super friendly and always offer good banter. Definite recommendation when you are looking for breakfast/lunch on the go in the city centre.

Short Long Black – South side – Coffee, brunch

££: Inexpensive
Good for: Coffee, brunch, lunch.

Okay, I guess they are not that new having opened back in April, but Short Long Black are one of these hidden gems in a city where good brunching is becoming quite popular. Short Long Black have brought something different and new to the scene, which is currently crowded with hotcakes and pancake stacks (still delicious though), and change it up a little bit with a very small and focused menu, in which you will find interesting plays on the Waffle. Savoury and sweet options available, however, I have to say that the savoury waffle is one of the best thing I’ve eaten. I went for the Green Waffles, stuffed with halloumi (or you can chose bacon), while my friend opted for the courgette fritters (which also came in a waffle like shape). Both dishes were truly delicious and their coffee was as smooth as they come. This little cafe on Victoria road is definitely one to watch and it will be one I’ll be returning to hopefully frequently!

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Halloumi stuffed waffles, with green eggs

Super Bario – Merchant City – Bar, Arcade

££: Standard
Good for: Drinks, going out, games, entertainment – great for hanging out with friends!  

Super Bario is a small pub located in Merchant City which delivers big on character, fun and atmosphere. I visited on a Friday night, around 10pm, and the pub was very busy with lots of buzz around coming from tables and arcade games all around. This is a superb spot for those of us who enjoy a bit of gaming, especially retro arcade games, and a good range of drinks.

Bun Life – City Centre – Asian food/street food / pop up

££: Moderate for the portion size (2 baos per portion for £7)
Good for: sharing, quick lunch, baos 

Bun Life is a pop up residing over at Strata, incidentally, one of my least favourite restaurants in Glasgow. However, Bun Life was definitely worth another visit to the city centre based restaurant! The menu is fairly small, a choice of five or so steamed bao buns with a good selection of toppings – panko haddock, massaman beef, chicken katsu, chilli and garlic tofu and more. They also offer a small selection of sides – kimchi sweet potato fries (yum!), chicken wings, katsu fries – to name a few. Finally, if you are into your desserts, you will be delighted to know they have on offer a couple of dessert baos as well. Marshmallows in a bao? Why not! We tried the panko haddock and chicken katsu baos, accompanied by sweet potato fries and they were indeed delicious. There were flavours bursting in every bao and I really enjoyed the good selection of fillings – it was hard to choose!

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Panko haddock bao buns with kimchi sweet potato fries

The Crabshakk – Finnieston – Sea Food Restaurant

££: Moderately expensive (We paid around £40 pp, incl drinks)
Good for: seafood, fine dining

The Crabshakk already has a fantastic reputation around Glasgow. If you like seafood you will love the Crabshakk. It’s a tiny restaurant on the Argyle Street Finnieston Strip. They specialise in seafood (as the name might suggest) and with Scotland’s fantastic seafood offering they offer really good quality food and ingredients. They have a daily menu and a standard menu to chose from and fantastic variety of various local/seasonal fish and seafood. To start with, we had oysters served with shallots in vinegar and Tabasco sauce. They were probably the best oysters I’ve eaten in Scotland. We also ordered some of the starters of the day – pickled herring, salmon sashimi and tried the home cured gravadlax. The latter of those was my favourite – the salmon was delicious and the portion size was just right, compared to the sashimi which was a fairly modest serving. For main, I had the Lobster with garlic butter and chips, while my friends had a Whole brown crab and a very decent portion of Mussels Mariniere. Everything was really fresh and full of flavour. The Crabshakk is definitely worth a visit when you are after some delicious seafood.

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Half lobster with garlic butter

Look out for the September edition of “My Month In Food” at the end of the month/beginning of October!.

~Em

My week in food #3 (22-28 Jan)

This week has been quite full on, both at work and socially, which fortunately or unfortunately (depends on how you like to look at it…) meant a lot of eating out. It’s been great though, as I’ve had a chance to catch up with a lot of friends and eat a lot of nice food… This week’s post is a bit longer than usual as I have a lot to fit in, but I do hope you enjoy it and I’m sure it will give you some good ideas of where to eat in Glasgow!

Tuesday – Dinner @ Paesano (again!)

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It was very recently that M and I paid a visit to Paesano on Miller Street and I wrote about our experience in my first post in this series. As we were going out to a gig close by we had decided that pizza will be the dinner of choice. It was five of us and three of us had the specials on the board – mine was the burrata special, on tomato sugo, with added rocket. Apart from M and I, no one else had been frequenting Paesano and I am pleased to say everyone left satisfied!

Overall cost: About ~£8 per pizza. Will we be back? Well, we were there only 2 weeks ago so, yes, we will definitely be back. Are Tuesday becoming Paesano Tuesdays?!

Wednesday – Dinner @ Ramen Dayo!

 

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Deluxe Tonkatsu Ramen Bowl

 

A friend of mine and I have been trying to meet at Ramen Dayo! since December but due to busy schedules, we’ve had to postpone several times… until finally this week we met there. Now, I’ve been to Ramen Dayo! a few times already and since my friend loved ramen, I thought this would be the place to take her. Ramen Dayo! have evolved quite a lot over the past few years, from having a street food place in a lane off of Gordon Street to having their own restaurant on Queen Street. They specialise in doing very tasty ramen. Their tonkatsu broth is made with a deliciously creamy 20-hour pork broth. And it is VERY GOOD. We both had the Deluxe Dayo which comes with double everything… if you are hungry I’d definitely recommend this. They also have very good gyoza dumplings, and other small dishes and sides, as well as options for vegetarians.

Overall cost: £35 for two people (Deluxe Ramen bowls, gyozas, and drinks). Will I be back? Yes, absolutely. I’ve had my doubts about Ramen Dayo! not because of their food but because their service used to let them down quite a bit. However, I can see that they have really improved on the second front and their service matches their amazing food.

Thursday – Dinner @ Kimchi Cult + Cheese Tasting with The Roving Fromagerie

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Over the past few months, I’ve made a habit of going to the utterly fantastic Phoebe’s cheese tasting classes. The Roving Fromagerie, or AKA Phoebe, runs frequent cheese tasting events in Glasgow and Edinburgh. So, on Thursday, M and I headed over there for our first cheese tasting of the year after a very tasty Korean dinner at Kimchi Cult.

I’ve been meaning to try Kimchi Cult for ages! It has such a good reputation and I wanted to see why. We had the fried chicken, a pulled pork bibimbap, two baos (pulled pork + beef) and the cheesy spicy fries. We were very impressed by how quickly everything was prepared and how tasty everything was! We were particularly impressed by the baos and the fried chicken, and I’d be quite happy to have the spicy fries every day!

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Kimchi Cult – Overall cost: £30 for two people – included 3 mains and 1 side. I thought it was a bit pricey for certain dishes (the fried chicken was a portion of just two pieces of chicken for £7, and though it was tasty and they were good sized pieces I still didn’t think that £7 was a fair price). Will we be back? Yes, certainly!

Now back to the Cheese Tasting. I always look forward to Phoebe’s cheese tasting events. She’s so knowledgeable and passionate about cheese and (so far) has always brought in amazing stuff to try. Also, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a little bit in love with the way Phoebe talks about the cheese…  As the cheese tasting fell on Burn’s night we had plenty of Scottish cheeses to try, as well some fantastic Italian and French options. If you want to know when the next cheese nights are, follow Phoebe’s page on Facebook.

Roving Fromagiere – Overall cost: £30 for two people (for this you get to try 8 fantastic cheeses and have more after the tasting). Will we be back?  You bet!

Saturday – Brunch @ KAF

KAF is, without doubt, one of my favourite places to visit for good coffee and breakfast. I haven’t had a chance to go there for ages so suggested to a friend on Saturday. KAF is really tiny, only a couple of tables and a bit of bar space so it could be quite full/has a bit of a wait. On the plus side though, they have an ever-changing menu and keep trying out new things in it. Their scandi plate is a fantastic alternative to the big breakfast, and they usually have a couple of sweet options (think hotcakes or brioche…), a lot of cakes on display and more! Not to mention the delicious coffee. Both my friend and I had the Babka french toast, with frangipane, pistachios, lemon curd and berries and a latte each. It was GLORIOUS! I can’t recommend KAF enough if you are in the Partick area.

Overall cost: £22 (coffee and breakfast each), portions were massive so good value for money. Will we be back? Yes, for sure!

Sunday – Lunch @ The Dockyard Social & Dice Roll Cafe

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This weekend was all about street food in Glasgow! Both the Big Feed and the Dockyard Social were on. We decided to go the latter for an early lunch before an afternoon of boardgaming with friends at the fantastic Dice Roll Cafe, hosted at The Saramago/CCA. Our mission was to try as much food as possible between the two of us. We managed to eat the following: fresh squid from Shrimp Wreck (specialists in seafood as the name might suggest), duck bahn mi from NOMNAM (Asian food), pork with roti canai from Section33 (fusion food), churros with white chocolate and lotus flower from Cartel Cantina (churros with all sorts of interesting sweet and savoury toppings), pulled pork taco with watermelon salsa & the gumbo at FATBOYS (comfort food/american southwestern) and pulled pork dumplings from Bumpin Dumpling Co (you guessed it, dumplings). M and I were both most impressed by the duck bahn mi from NOMNAM (his favourite) and the food from Fatboys (my favourite) and I think we were least impressed by the dumplings. If you like street food, it’s definitely worth paying the DockYard Social a visit. I hope to make it to the Big Feed some point soon too!

Cost: All the food was priced ar £5 and there is £5 entry fee which gets you a welcome drink too. Will we be back: I hope so, I also hope that there will be a bit of variety in the place too!

 

 

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DRC’s fantastic boardgame library

 

We then spent the afternoon in The Saramago and the fortnightly pop-up – Dice Roll Cafe, which is organised by the lovely Kenny. He has curated his boardgame library pretty much on his own and it is mighty impressive. DRC is on fortnightly on a Sunday and the next one is going to be on on the 11th of February. For only £2 pp you get access to all the boardgames and you can sit and play all afternoon. My favourite thing about DRC is that it attracts a mixed crowd – from people who almost never play boardgames, families, casual gamers and those who are properly into the hobby, you can find someone to have a chat with and maybe even play a game with! Check out Dice Roll Cafe’s facebook page to get the latest news and events.



Do let me know if you make it to any of these places and let me know what you thought of them! I’m now in savings mode so hopefully, next week will feature less eating out…

~Em