Over the last few weeks I’ve been to a few different restaurants in Glasgow so I thought I’d finally get round to writing up a post about them. Despite living less than an hour away from Glasgow, it’s not somewhere I visit very often so any time I get the chance to try out somewhere new for dinner I’m more than happy to give it a go.
1. Bier Halle
Located on Gordon Street in the centre of Glasgow, handily right in between Central and Queen Street Stations, Bier Halle is somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for ages. When I was through for Morag’s birthday near the start of November we went there, along with some of Morag’s friends, for a birthday dinner. We’d all been out the night before and were feeling a bit worse for wear so didn’t sample the “bier” part of the menu, but we all happily indulged in some pizzas instead. There were lots of classics on the menu as well as some more unusual options, like Black Pudding & Egg or Hoi Sin Duck, and I opted for the Ramsay’s Haggis Pizza. The base was thin and crispy which I really like, I’m not a big fan of stodgy deep-dish pizzas. I’m a haggis lover anyway, but I reeeally loved it on the pizza – it was the perfect hangover cure! Bier Halle also do a special 2-for-1 offer on pizzas so each one worked out at around £6-7 each, total bargain. There are also lots of other sandwiches, snacks and salads on the menu, but I’d definitely recommend ordering yourself one of the pizzas.
2. The Hope
Back in October (man, I am so behind on blog posts!) I was invited along to the launch of The Hope, the latest Maclay Inns venture to open in Glasgow. We were treated to lots of different tasters of things from the main menu, starting off with a couple of antipasti platters full of roasted vegetables, cured meats, olives, crusty bread, sweet red peppers, rocket, feta cheese and lots more. I love this sort of food that you can pick away at and share with a couple of friends whilst you’re having drinks, so it was the perfect start to the evening to enjoy along with our prosecco. We then moved on to mini versions of some of the main courses including pulled pork and apple (YUM), teriyaki chicken skewers, crispy potato skins (seriously amazing, so crispy, could’ve eaten a whole bucket!), and mini burgers with onions rings. All the food was really tasty and I would definitely go back to The Hope and order the full sized versions. We finished off by sharing a few of the desserts, including a super fudgey chocolate cake, white chocolate ice cream and deeeeelicious profiteroles.
3. Urban Bar & Brasserie
Another night, another menu launch – being a blogger is a hard life, right? This time it was at Urban Bar & Brasserie which was just a couple of minutes away from Queen Street Station. The venue was stunning, we were welcomed by some sparkly fairly lights and a glass of something fizzy at the door, and inside there were high ceilings, mirrors and dark wood ahoy. There was a grand piano in the corner and a jazz band playing tunes all night which gave the place a really nice atmosphere. Unfortunately the food didn’t quite live up to my expectations, some of the taster dishes were nicer than others, but none were really anything to write home about. The event was really busy though (I think there were about 200 people there!) and churning out hundreds of portions all night couldn’t have been an easy task, so I’d definitely like to go back to Urban on a normal night for a proper sit down dinner as I’m sure I would enjoy the food much more. I did really like the fish goujons with chunky chips, and there was a really nice banoffee dessert which I scoffed down too!
Have you been to any good restaurants in Glasgow recently?