Back at Poco Havana Glasgow : Review

48a West Regent Street
G2 2RA Glasgow

Tel : 0141 353 6098
Website : www.pocohavana.com

A colourful, vibrant basement bar/restaurant featuring the best of Cuban, Mexican and Spanish cuisine. Mixed in with our sunshine-vibe cocktails, quality craft beers and eclectic mix of great tunes, our Poco Havana is the finest corner of Cuba in Glasgow

Visit Date : Saturday 4th January 2017

Most of you that have been following this blog know i’ve been to Poco Havana a few times, you can read my previous reviews here and here

I have been hitting the Glasgow restaurants very hard recently, and spent a little more than I wanted. When I recently came across an itison voucher that I purchased a while back, and noticed that it was expiring soon so I thought lets head back and use it for a cheap weekend dinner.

My voucher was for two mains, so I will still show the cost of the dishes so you know what they would have been.

Main Course :

Chipotle Pulled Pork Burrito 12″ £8.95 (normally but I had the voucher)
“FILLED WITH ZINGY CITRUS RICE, REFRIED BEANS, GRATED MONTEREY JACK CHEESE, SALSA, SOUR CREAM AND YOUR CHOICE OF FILLING IN A 10” OR 12” FLOUR TORTILLA”

This was the first time I have had a Burrito at Poco Havana, so I was looking forward to seeing how they did them and also how it tasted.

I know in my recent previous posts I said I would try and be more critical and not always say it was really good, well this was really really good. With every bite I had my mouth was bursting with flavour, and I could have easily had another.

Sorry I didn’t show how it looked inside, I was enjoying it too much it was finished before that thought pop’d in my head.

Cocktail :

Again I have had a few cocktails here in the past, so I decided to try something new.

Frozen Margarita/Daiquiri £13.50
“Sharing jugs of our classic Margaritas and Daiquiris”

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My girlfriend and I opted for the Mango one.

As you can see from the photo, you get a large amount since its a sharing jug. You get about 2 glasses full each from this, so its really worth the money.

Overall :

This was a very enjoyable visit, I felt very relaxed and enjoyed the food and cocktails.

Poco Havana have had a few deals on itison, so if you want to check it out but worries about trying somewhere new then this is the option for you.

The staff have always been very friendly and very helpful, and if you like burritos then you should check Poco Havana’s.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes and taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4.5

Temaki Glasgow Bloggers Event

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113 Hope Street
Glasgow
G2 6LL

Website : www.temakiglasgow.co.uk
Facebook : Facebook.com/temakiglassgow
Twitter : @TemakiGla
Instagram : Instagram.com/TemakiGla/

Inspired by New York. Made in Glasgow.

Healthy. Tasty. Casual. Roll with it at Temaki Glasgow.
Far East meets Mexican as we bring our street food to Glasgow’s city centre.

Prepare to have a new CRUSH. Sushi Burritos are our thing. Hell, it’s ONE serious food crush we have and believe us when we say that you won’t taste anything like these elsewhere, anywhere. It’s all your taste buds ever wanted.

Event Date : Thursday 12th January 2017

I was lucky to get invited to tonights blogger event, I had heard of Temaki but only that it was opening soon in Glasgow. I saw a few things on Twitter, but then nothing till this invite which I was so glad I did as I was looking forward to trying here.

Before attending I was sent the menu via email, I had a quick glance and it sounded very nice. One item was the Sushi Burrito which stood out to me, and was a must have for me to try.

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On arrival the first thing I noticed was its location, I knew the restaurants at either side but I couldn’t think what was here before…still don’t know. Another thing I noticed was it was a small location, but I soon learned this was intentional (you will find out later)

On entering we were greeted by the owner and shown to our table, and given the menu for this evening.

I had a quick count and Temaki can seat about 25 to 30 people, as I said it was a quick count so its somewhere around that number.

The Food

As you will see below its a lot of food tonight, luckely I was hungry so I was looking forward to it.

Salmon Sashimi, Maki, Nigiri Spicy Kimchi Edamame

SUSHI BURRITO TO SHARE

Roasted shredded crispy duck with cucumber, cabbage, avocado, crispy onions, hoisin sauce, wrapped in seaweed and hand
rolled with sushi rice

CHILLI CHICKEN RAMEN

A signature noodle staple

YAKI MOCHI

Green Tea Ice cream

DRINKS

Hite beer
Jun Maidai Daiginjo Sake
Eastern Rickey
Yuzi Sour

Starters :

Salmon Sashimi, Maki, Nigiri Spicy Kimchi Edamame & Sushi Burrito

I started with the Sushi, and you can’t really go wrong with Sushi. It was nice and fresh and I loved every mouthful.

Now this was what I was looking forward to the Sushi Burrito!!!

The Sushi Burrito is set to be one of this years biggest health food trends, and I can see why.

I loved this and could have had more!!! it had all the flavours I loved and more. The duck flavour added that extra taste that enhanced what was already nice and tasty.

If you visit Temaki DO try this!!!

Main :

Chilli Chicken Ramen

I have never had Ramen, I have only ever heard of it.

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This was very nice, I asked for the milder one as I am not too good with very spicy food. Unfortunately I had to leave most of it, not due to the taste but more due to my lack of Chopstick skills. I am sure I would have finished it all if I could use chopsticks.

Dessert :

Green Tea Icecream

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I have never been a fan of any kind of tea, but one ice-cream flavour I have never tried is Green Tea. For me this was just ok, but other people there who like Green Tea loved this so do give it a try if you like the flavour of Green Tea.

Drink :

Eastern Rickey Cocktail

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I can’t remember what was in this cocktail apart from Lychee, so it was a very nice and refreshing cocktail.

This was a perfect choice of cocktail for tonight, as there was a few spicy dishes so this just worked well with them.

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The Owner

After the meal I managed to get a little time to talk to the owner. The owners name is Kasia and she is a lovely girl.

The idea for Temaki was from her experiences in New York and San Francisco, and the Ramen was from her visits to Asia. Kasia had tried many Sushi Burritos when in NY and SF, and thought why is nobody doing this over here….and thats where Temaki comes in.

As soon as Kasia tried the Sushi burrito at these places, she knew she wanted to bring it to Glasgow.

As I said this location only seats 25 to 30 people has another good reason, Kasia said that she always felt that when one person went out to eat it looked awkward. So having this layout where your sitting at a bench or a long table etc and close to others, this helps reduce that and gives a nice cosy atmosphere.

Kasia is very passionate about Temaki and I have the feeling this place will do very well, I will be going back as I fell in love with the Sushi Burrito.

Overall :

Overall I had a fantastic night, and fantastic food.

At the time of writing this post, Temaki do not have an alcohol license. They are aiming to try and get one, but please don’t let that put you off going here.

I would like to thank Temaki for the invite, and thank Kasia for the little chat.

You will see me soon so get the Sushi burrito’s ready 🙂

  • Child Friendly : No (too small a location unless they stay seated)
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes and taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : N/A for tonights visit.