Hooligan Wine Bar (Glasgow) 2021 : Review

About

Hooligan opened on Friday September 3rd, and for their menu dishes they use the best seasonal Scottish produce.

Located above The Drake on Lyndoch Street in the city’s Park Circus area, so when you go inside the Drake head on up the stairs and there you will find Hoolgan.

In addition to amazing dishes they also stock a wide selection of wines.

Inside :

Sitting inside its got a very warm and cosy vibe, you instantly feel relaxed and ready to sip a nice wine and have a lovely meal.

The Food

Tonight’s menu looked very nice, and I couldn’t wait to see and taste each dish. Unfortunately due to my nut allergy I couldn’t take the dessert but they made a lovely alternate for me.

Part of the starter was the smoked almonds, which my friend enjoyed very much.

Sourdough & focaccia, roast garlic & thyme butter, evoo

Tonight there was going to be many lovely small plates, so I was really looking forward to the food.

This was the first to arrive at the table, and I was very happy as Focaccia is a big fav of mine.

The focaccia on its own was very nice, and had that lovely flavour. The butter was really good, and just added that extra level of flavour to the focaccia.

This was a lovely first plate and one that I could have easily had more of.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Selection of charcuterie, pickled walnuts, guindilla pepper, with a selection of IJ Mellis cheeses, burnt onion chutney, crackers

I do love a nice cheese board every now and then and this when it arrived looked really nice, plus it had some meats to try to.

Every item on this board was packed with flavour, and all worked on their own or together.

The cheeses were so nice, and lovely on the crackers.

This is another dish I could easily see myself having again with a lovely glass of wine.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kombu cured monkfish, grapes, mint, dashi

I have never tried monkfish, so I didn’t know what to expect from this dish.

When it arrived this looked very interesting, and it was time to taste it.

WOW! this was a lovely taste not mega fishy, as the Kombu really was the main flavour coming over.

These were so so easy to eat, and just like the previous dishes I could easily have had lots more of this.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sweetcorn fritter, cumin, garlic, red pepper

When I saw “Sweetcorn fritters” I thought hmm ok so these will just be so so…I couldn’t have been more wrong!

These are addictive!

If nothing else on the menu catches your eye, you have to visit for this!! going by what I heard on the night I visited these were a general fav with everyone else that turned up.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Aubergine, fermented tomato, feta, sumac yoghurt, crispy flatbread

Aubergine is not something I tend to like, its something I have to be in the mood for but I am always up for trying new dishes.

This was another dish I was very surprised at, the flavours all worked very well together and the taste was really nice.

I know I sound like I am repeating myself but this is something I would have again….the flavours of dishes from Hooligans is really top class!!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

King Oyster mushroom, salted baked celeriac, mushroom jus

I have a love hate relationship with mushrooms, sometimes they taste just ok sometimes not great so when this arrived I was 50/50 about trying it.

I did try it and I am glad I did, the Oyster mushroom tasted soo nice like a BBQ flavour for me.

I never thought I would say this about mushrooms but this was the nicest I have ever tasted.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bavette, hash brown, beanaise, charred shallot

I am not a big steak person, but I was willing to try this one. Lucky my friend loved steak so he was happy to finish it for the both of us.

The steak was nice, but as I said am not a fan. The hash brown was AMAZING!!! this is the best hash brown I have ever tasted and could have had loads more of them.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

and to drink – You and I Kombucha (Lime Sea Salt)

I was the designated driver tonight, so I asked for whatever soft drink they had which was this.

I have never heard of this or knew what it tasted like but said ok.

This was very refreshing and very pleasant, I even had two of these as I enjoyed them that much.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a massive thanks to the guys for my invite.

I cant fault anything tonight, everything was mega tasty and I was very relaxed and enjoyed everything. I will be adding here to my top spots page.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Promo : Gifted/Invited

The review posted was not influenced in any way just because it was gifted, all comments and thoughts in this blog post are my 100% honest opinion.

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The Railbridge Bistro (Queensferry, Edinburgh) 2021 : Review

The Visit

Visit : 29/08/2021

After a wee day trip to Dundee we opted to come here for a late dinner, as my parents and my best friends parents have been here many times.

On arrival we asked for a table for 3 but were told they didn’t have any food left apart from fish and chips as they have had a MEGA busy day, we all said that’s fine and shown to our table.

The Food

Haddock and Chips £14.95

On arrival this looked really nice, and my mouth started to water as I was now very hungry.

It was time to dig in.

This was really nice, no bones, perfectly cooked, lovely crisp batter and a great flavour.

Every bite was really nice, even with a little tarter mmmm this was so good.

Again like my lunch in Dundee this was a great meal, again with lots of laughs and chat.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

If you have never been here I highly recommend it, the views from here of the bridges are amazing in daylight and at night.

The restaurant looked really nice inside and outside, and I will be back to try more food as I was very relaxed and enjoyed my meal very much.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where :


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Old Keswickian Fish and Chips Restaurant (Keswick, Cumbrea) 2021 : Review

The Visit

Today I felt like going a wee drive, and I choose Keswick which is only just over a 2 hour drive away from Glasgow plus its somewhere I have never seen yet.

On arrival it was a mixed day weather wise, rain dry rain etc but I heard back in Glasgow it was much much worse so I think I got the better weather.

I didn’t know anywhere here but I choose here to have my dinner in.

The Food

Smoked Haddock, Mozzarella & Spring Onion Fishcake £4.40

This sounded very nice so I had to go for it, as I do love a good fishcake.

Presentation was very nice, and I couldn’t wait to dig right in.

The coating was nice and crispy, and the insides perfectly cooked and very YUM!

This was a perfect sized portion for a starter.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Chicken Burger & Chips £6.10

I had no clue what to order for my main, so I opted for the classic chicken burger.

I also added a slice of cheese and some mayonnaise.

Lets start with the chips, these did not need any salt and had a great flavour and nice crunch to them….and there was loads!

The chicken burger was very nice, and very filling and had a nice flavour to it.

This was a very filling main and great value for money.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

This was a great wee stop for some really nice and tasty food.

I am glad I chose here as everything was really nice, and the service and atmosphere was great.

If your ever visiting the area do check here out.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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