My week in food #5 (19-25 Feb)

I’m writing this a bit late because this week has been quite crazy. However, we had yet another week of good food which I thought was worth sharing with you. It started with some Buck’s Bar’s chicken wing Wednesdays, continued with a fantastic seven-course tasting menu at The Sisters and finished with an all you can eat sushi dinner on Friday at Yen’s.

Wednesday – Dinner @ Buck’s Bar

If you like chicken wings, burgers, liquor, rock’n’roll and a good collection of hot sauces, then… Buck’s Bar is the spot for you! When Buck’s Bar opened a couple of years back, I was quite excited to finally get a bar that serves delicious chicken wings in a variety of sauces. And the wings are good! They are big, juicy and saucy – just like they are supposed to be. There is a good variety of food on offer besides wings, so expect to find Buck’s delicious buttermilk or Nashville hot chicken, burgers, salads, waffle brunches and even vegetarian options! They are also great for entertainment – pub quiz, live music, burger and wing offers. For all the latest, check their website.

 

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Buffalo chicken wings at the front, and Big Leo’s Firewings at Buck’s Bar

 

We had the Buffalo chicken wings and Big Leo’s Firewings with the chilli and coriander coleslaw, sweet potato fries and sweet and chilli chips. All the food was good, but we were a bit disappointed by the Firewings are they are meant to be really spicy and really weren’t. But I hear that they are changing the sauce to make them spicier, so I’ll look forward to that.

Price: £16 pp for a lot of wings, sides, and drinks | Will I go back? Yes, back anytime I need some spicy chicken wings in my life. | Where: 111 West Regent Street, Glasgow City Centre.

Thursday – 7-course tasting menu @ The Sisters Kelvingrove

The Sisters in Kelvingrove had a fantastic offer running in February for “Taster Thursdays” where they offered a delicious 7-course tasting menu for just £22.50 per person. I had heard very good things about the restaurant so this was a perfect opportunity to try it. The food was indeed delicious and included fantastic local produce, highlighting the very best of Scottish cuisine. The menu included scallops and black pudding, haggis with onion bhaji, a mushroom veloute, variation on fish and chips, highland benison, a chocolate and banana pudding and a delicious cheese board to finish off with.

 

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Highland venison pie, creamed mash & roasted herbs at The Sisters

 

The ambience at the restaurant was nice, with a classic interior. The staff were excellent and offered a fantastic service. The food was very good, especially considering the low price. I would recommend The Sister’s at Kelvingrove for when you are looking for some fine Scottish food on a very reasonable price, at a classic restaurant.

 

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Cheddar crips, goat’s cheese mouse and blue cheese at The Sisters

 

Price: £27 pp including drinks, which is just fantastic value for the food we had. | Will I go back? Yes, though Glasgow has a lot of really good fine dining restaurants which I’ve been more impressed with. Saying that, however, not many will be able to beat the value for money The Sisters offers for the fantastic quality of the food. | Where: 36 Kelvingrove Street, Glasgow

Friday – all you can eat sushi at Yen Oriental

Every so often, Yen Oriental in the Rotunda host a Sushi Night where you can eat and order all the sushi you can eat in the space of an hour and a half for just £12.95 per person.  The sushi is pretty good and you can wash it down with some of the nice cocktails they have on the menu. Outside of sushi, Yen’s offer a variety of Asia food so you can find some Japanese, Thai and Cantonese favourites on their menu. The only thing is that the service leaves a lot to be desired. It was hard to get anyone’s attention and when we did they weren’t the friendliest.

 

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Salmon and Tuna Nigiri, Salmon sashimi and Crab maki

 

Price: £12.95 pp for the sushi night | Will I be back? I would probably attend more of their sushi nights in the future! | Where: 28 Tunnel Street, Glasgow

I hope that my weekly posts are giving you plenty of inspiration of where to go and eat and about in Glasgow! Let me know if you go to any of these restaurants!

 

Six by Nico

I was a fan of Nico Simone’s first restaurant, 111 by Nico, and I am definitely a big fan of his second venture – Six by Nico.  Nico Simone is a Glasgow based chef from Italian heritage who has his fair share of experience of working in restaurants such as the acclaimed Chardon d’Or by Brian Maule, and Edinburgh’s Michelin starred Number One, where he won Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year when he was aged just 20. So it’s no surprise that both his restaurants have enjoyed great success over the past few years. Both 111 by Nico and Six by Nico offer fine dining experience at a reasonable price – delicious food, fantastic service and great atmosphere is what you can expect in both restaurants.

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“Steak Pie” – Chippie

However, Six by Nico offers something else to the table. With a six-course set menu that changes every six weeks, you can find your taste buds being constantly excited by new flavours, combinations and styles in the same restaurant. The restaurant opened in 2017 with its first menu Chippie which offered a new and fresh take on our fish & chips shop favourites. They continued with another interesting menu called Childhood which aimed to make us nostalgic about the food we enjoyed as children. They continued with the summer-appropriate Picnic menu, all-American Route 66, the fantastic and inspiring Illusion, the autumn Forrest, and the winter charmer Disney. I have had the pleasure of trying three of the menus last year and have been charmed every time. So this year, when they started the year with “Best of 2017”, I thought it’s a great opportunity to try some of the dishes I missed last year.  Even better, I took the opportunity to introduce my family to Six by Nico with a chance to try some of the best Six by Nico has to offer.

 

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“Sea Bream Taco” – Route 66

 

We headed to Six by Nico for 7pm on a Thursday night and, as always, the restaurant was buzzing with people, chatter and staff running around the place. I love the atmosphere of the place and how, though a busy restaurant, you can still have a lovely and relaxing experience. We were seated a bit after we arrived and the staff were very courteous and helpful in their service.  Though there was a bit of delay in getting our table ready, they managed it well and made us feel welcome. I always watch out how restaurants treat their customers when issues arise because it shows the real ‘soul’ of a place.

 

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‘Duck’ – Illusion

 

Once on the table, our courses started arriving one by one. Each dish was explained expertly by the waiters. We started off with a variation of chips, cheese and curry “Chips  & Cheese”, which offered a delicate parmesan foam (espuma) with finely cut chips and just a hint of curry oil. Certainly, this was a dish for the cheese lovers… The second dish to follow was a sublime ‘steak pie’ which included beef shin, which just melted in my mouth, with three different types of cooked onions and served with delicious brioche croutons. This probably one of my most favourite Six by Nico dishes so far! Our third dish was a take on Mac & Cheese from the Childhood menu which had a chicken wing, paired with cauliflower and truffle. I don’t usually like cauliflower or truffle, but I had every last bit of the dish. Our fourth dish was the delicate Sea Bream Taco from Route 66 which was probably my favourite dish from that menu. It came with guacamole and a special lime and red onion salsa. The flavours worked so well together!

 

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‘White chocolate’ – Illusion

 

Our fifth and sixth courses came from my favourite Six by Nico menu so far – Illusion. I loved that menu because of how inventive it was with the way the food was served and made. The fifth dish was ‘Duck’ which came with wild mushrooms, blueberries, on a bed of cocoa and hazelnuts. The cocoa just exaggerated the flavours in the dish, while the blueberries, mushrooms and hazelnuts paired beautifully with the rare duck breasts. Finally, we finished with ‘White chocolate’ – a delicious white chocolate mousse, with passionfruit puree, lime curd and shavings of coconut. A truly delicious way to finish off our dinner. I have to confess that white chocolate and passionfruit is certainly one of my favourite combinations in a pudding, so of course, I was charmed by this dish. Not least by its presentation which certainly resembled a boiled egg! We washed our food down with a few of the delicious cocktails on offer. However, the menu also comes with an offer to pair each dish with a drink. I am yet to try a menu with the pairings, so perhaps I will be visiting again quite soon.

The whole menu was very reasonably priced at £25 per person. The quality of the food and the sophistication of dishes are definitely worth it so I would encourage everyone to visit Six by Nico at least once. Perhaps, like me, you will be charmed and will continue coming back again and again.

~Em

Best of: Lunch joints in Glasgow’s city centre

As someone who works in an office in Glasgow and as someone who loves food, I’m practically on a mission to find healthy, tasty and non-expensive lunch options near my office. And Glasgow City Centre certainly has a lot of choice when it comes to food options. So here are my Top 10 of where to eat if you want something tasty and inexpensive during your lunch break. Note, the list is not in any specific order, all of those places are fantastic and lunch there will be under a tenner!

Panko 

 

I have so much love for this little places. They do freshly made Japanese street food – think Katsu Curries, Teriyaki or Asian-inspired chicken salad, all for around £6. Absolutely no surprise that come lunchtime the place is packed and there is a queue outside of the door.

  • Location: Bothwell street, close to central station
  • Try: The Pork Katsu Curry or grab a Chicken Salad (for a healthier option) from the fridge.
  • Cost: £5.50 – £5.80.

Martha’s

 

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Martha’s aim is to serve healthy fast food and they have been doing that for a good few years. I remember going to their opening night and sampling some of their delicious offerings, some of which you can still try today. They have delicious seasonal smoothies, salads, wraps, soups and meal boxes.

  • Location: St. Vincent Street
  • Try: The Chipotle Chicken Wrap
  • Cost: £5 – £8.

Riverhill Café

 

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Not only do they do the best coffee in town, but they also have a vast selection for the hungry folk during breakfast or lunch. With a fantastic selection of wraps and sandwiches, seasonal soups and mouth-watering cakes, it will be hard not to find something delicious to eat there.

  • Location: Gordon Street
  • Try: The Cuban sandwich or the Chicken Shawarma Wrap
  • Cost: ~£6

Philpotts

I love Phillpots for their fantastic salad bar, which is also probably the best one I’ve seen in Glasgow so far. They also have a large selection of sandwich fillings for delicious freshly made sandwiches, made-to-order stir-fries, baked potatoes and even a selection of roasts. There is little you won’t find there.

  • Location: Bothwell Street
  • Try: The roast beef salad
  • Cost: £2 – £6

Where the Monkey Sleeps

With two locations in the city centre, Where the Monkey Sleeps is a great spot for freshly made sandwiches, soups, stews and salads. Their warming stews and soups are perfect for winter, and their sandwiches come with a delicious potato salad that I can’t get enough of!

  • Location: West Regent Street or Argyle Street
  • Try: Any of the fresh stews for a hearty option or the Caesar salad for a healthy one!
  • Cost: ~£6

Temaki

 

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A newer ‘kid’ on the block, Temaki has been around for almost a year now and I’m still as excited about it as I was when it first opened in Glasgow. They serve Japanese food, and specialise in Sushi Burritos (nom!). So I love Sushi, I strongly recommend giving this place a try.

  • Location: Hope Street;
  • Try: The Salmon Avocado Sushi Burrito
  • Cost: Lunch options for around £6, Sushi Burritos around £9

Babu Bombay Street Kitchen

Babu serve really delicious Indian food perfect for a more indulgent lunch break. Their home-made curries, freshly made wraps and delicious Mango Lassi are sure to excite your taste buds!

  • Location: West Regent Street;
  • Try: The Butter Chicken Curry;
  • Cost: ~£6

Piece

Piece offer delicious sandwiches and salads which are made to order, as well as a selection of seasonal soups. Their menu is full of delicious options which are more exciting than your usual ham & cheese sandwich. With 5 locations around Glasgow, and 3 located in the City Centre, you will never be bored by their fantastic selection of food!

  • Location: West Regent Street; Miller Street; Albion Street
  • Try: Bhan Mi sandwich
  • Cost: ~£6

Social Bite

For the conscious foodies, I recommend trying Social Bite. They offer delicious soups, warm meals, sandwiches and salads in their two city centre shops (they also have shops in Edinburgh and Aberdeen). The best thing is that they are not-for-profit and all their profits go to initiatives helping homeless people in Scotland.

  • Location: Bothwell Street, St Vincent Street
  • Try: Their delicious soups;
  • Cost: ~£5

Gordon Street Coffee

Located in Glasgow’s Central Station, Gordon Street Café offers hot meals and sandwiches and a good choice of vegan cake options. The busy coffee shop serves delicious coffee and a good variety of teas as well.

  • Location: Gordon Street (inside Central Station)
  • Try: Mac & Cheese
  • Cost: ~£5