179 West Regent Street
Glasgow G2 4DP
T: 0141 404 3680
Visit Date : 13 August 2016
The Dakota Deluxe Hotel is a new kid on the block as it’s only recently opened in Glasgow (spring 2016).
The night I was going here was for a family member’s birthday, and I hadn’t seen the hotel since it had opened though I had heard it opened. On entering the first thing you notice is how low lighting the entrance is, but it has a warm feeling to it. We were also greeted by the staff and they couldn’t have been friendlier.
We were taken down the lift to the lower level, and again the decor is very nice it also had low lighting but don’t get me wrong it was nice and had a warm feeling to it.
We had a room to ourselves which was good as we required this as two members were in wheelchairs.
As you can see it was a very good-sized table, and we had more than enough space. This room is the same style as the rest of the restaurant, so as you can see it’s nicely decorated but just a little dull.
We were given a few minutes to sit and order our drinks, after a short time we all ordered from the Market Menu which has an ok selection for each course and is priced ok. While we waited for our starters we were brought a nice bread dish to nibble on. It was a tomato sauce with a goat’s cheese center. This was very good and very moreish!!
For my starter, I ordered the Creamed Sweetcorn Soup with morel mushrooms & creme fraiche. For those of you that know me I am not a soup person, for me, soup is an older-generation dish and I tend to never order it. I did this night and I am glad I did, this was very very nice and I would love to have had another bowl.
For my second course, I was toying between two dishes, but I decided on Confit Chicken Alsace bacon, black pudding & fine beans.
Presentation wise this was very nice, but my first impression was it looked good but not what I had in mind. Overall I was disappointed with this dish, the black pudding was dice sized, and there wasn’t really much flavour to it. Would I get this again….No! Granted it was off the Market Menu so it’s similar to a deals menu or an online voucher so the dish will be smaller, but it just didn’t feel ok enough for me.
For my last course, I ordered the Creme Brûlée fresh cherries & shortbread. I have always been a big fan of Creme Brûlée and if it’s done right it’s amazing. We were told this was a popular choice this night so the chef would need to make it fresh as they had run out of any that were ready, and would be about 20mins which was fine as it meant we could have coffee/tea and have a good chat.
After about 20mins it arrived and looked really good. The top to the creme brûlée looked just right, but little disappointed when I smashed through it as it was a little runny. It still tasted amazing, but I think due to it being made fresh it could have done with spending a little longer cooking and maybe rushed a little to save everyone waiting much longer.
Overall I was impressed with Dakota, and yes I would go back but I probably wouldn’t order the chicken again and try something else.
Score (out of 5) :
- Service : *****
- Menu Choice : ****
- Taste : ****
- Overall : ****