Glasgow Bloggers Meet Up #1 : Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

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When I started this blog I set it up as a challenge, I wanted to try and improve my spelling and my social life and see what its like to become a blogger. I ate out a lot so I decided to become a food blogger, as I was always getting teased at constantly taking photos of my food.

October 2016 was when I really focused on my blog, as prior to that it was just a little “if i remember to do it” project. At that point I only had 30 odd twitter followers, and just friends on my Instagram. Now January 2017, those numbers have changed a lot.

Over the past few months, I have been to a large amount of restaurants and been invited to a few events. I have also made many new friends along the way, all of them really lovely and would like to keep in touch and see them more often.

Now 2017 my goals for my blog are :

  • Be more critical in all reviews
  • Try more random products to add to the mix of my food reviews
  • Arrange some Glasgow Blogger meet ups.
  • Vlogging

The first two points above are easy to achieve, but the last two not so much.

I have seen and heard from people (mostly heard) that Glasgow  Blogger meet ups have been arranged in the past, but normally a large amount say yes and then only a little turn up or its called off. They also tend to be mostly food specific…why? so thats something I wanted to change.

I used to prepare a lot of events and DJ inside the online game Secondlife for a charity, so I thought lets use that knowledge and bring it to this.

My first task was to figure out location and who to invite, I thought starting small was the best idea.

I won’t go in to full detail, but I meet a few people at the Revolution de Cuba bloggers event and have kept in touch. I have also kept in touch with Emma Eats and Weekends with Wendy since my last meet ups with them. I thought this would be the perfect start and messaged them.

Next was to think of a location, but this was an easy one….Chaakoo Bombay Cafe.

Our Meet Up : Friday 27th January 2017

Location : Chaakoo

As you may have seen from my Tweets or blogs, I have been to Chaakoo a lot. The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly. For my first meet up this was where I wanted it to be.

Invited : 14

Just like all events planned you never really expect to have a full house, people plans change, they don’t feel well etc etc. Tonight we had a total of 7, for me this was a success as I was only expecting 4 or less mostly due to it being the first and due to the small amount invited.

The Guests : 

I have to say at this point if you reading this and know me, and wondering why you never got an invite don’t worry I am not ignoring you there was a reason. The people I invited tonight all have similar personalities or I thought would mix well with everyone.

This was a key factor to arranging tonight, I didn’t want to just invite x y and z and hope they mixed so I planned it that there would be some form of connection etc.

The people that turned up tonight were :

  • Chris : This is my best friend and he has been very supportive with my blogging.
  • Irina : My girlfriend

Weekends With Wendy : A travel blogger and friend that I have met a few times since I started blogging.

Twitter : twitter.com/WendyAndrew_
Instagram : www.instagram.com/wendyandrew_/
Blog : www.weekendswithwendy.com

Amy’s Food Blog : I have now met Amy twice, she is a lovely girl and very friendly. Amy is a food blogger and journalist.

Twitter : twitter.com/_Dont_Byrne_It_
Instagram : www.instagram.com/amy_is_a_foodie/
Blog : dontbyrneit.wordpress.com

Tom Jarvis : Amy’s boyfriend, and audio blogger.

Instagram : www.instagram.com/tomjarvis317/
Blog : www.audioordeal.co.uk

Evy, evidently : Evy is a blogger and Vlogger. I have only been in contact with Evy very recently, and again she is a very nice girl to chat with and look forward to meeting and chatting to her more.

Twitter : twitter.com/EvidentlyEvy
Instagram : www.instagram.com/evidentlyevy/
Blog : evidentlyevy.com
Youtube : www.youtube.com/user/evidentlyevy

And me 🙂

As you can see if you take a look at everyones blog, I didn’t just focus on food bloggers. There are a lot of really nice bloggers in Glasgow, and they don’t just focus on food so now its time we have a meet up and meet everyone.

Also my plan is to hold it at a different restaurant every time, as its always good to try somewhere new.

We were welcomed by the staff at Chaakoo and given a nice welcome cocktail, and a lovely set table for everyone tonight.

We all ordered what we wanted and just chatted, and took photos of the food and each other.

I won’t do a food review here as I had some of the same dishes that I have already posted about, so check my reviews out when you get a chance.

I had a fun time, and it was good to see everyone getting a long.

I would like to give a BIG thanks to everyone who attended tonight, and also a BIGGER thanks to Chaakoo who gave us great service and a few freebies tonight as you helped make tonight very special for everyone and me.

If you haven’t tried Chaakoo yet take a look at their website and visit : chaakoo.co.uk

Now I planning on doing another meet up last week February, or first week March I will speak to everyone and see what is best. I discussed my idea at tonights meet up, and it seemed to go down well so now I’ve just to contact the manager and arrange dates and numbers.

If you’re a Glasgow blogger and would like an invite, DM me on Twitter and lets chat 🙂

Next meet up there will be 20 spaces.

It’s time us bloggers meet up more!

🙂

Back for more Chaakoo : Review

79 ST VINCET STREET
GLASGOW G2 5TF

Chaakoo is open:
Now open for Breakfast!!!!

Mon-Sat 9am
Sunday 10:30am

Monday — Thursday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm(drinks)

Friday & Saturday
12noon -10:30pm(food)
11.30am -12am(drinks)

Sunday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm (drinks)

T: 0141 229 0000
W : http://chaakoo.co.uk

Visit Date : 19 December 2016

What a shocker you’re saying or “does he go anywhere else”….and to answer that its a yes but this is becoming one of my fav places to go when I am out.

I had arranged with 3 of my friends to go to Chaakoo, two have never been and the other has once with me before.

As always the staff were very welcoming and again the atmosphere was really nice, do check out my other reviews here as I do review different food etc.

Hope you’re sitting down……tonight’s visit I have kept my promise and tried different dishes.

Chicken Lababdar £5.95
Lababdar is Hindi for soft & creamy, this chicken tikka dish is cooked in a rich brown onion gravy & butter sauce with capsicums, tomatoes & cream, in the traditional Andhra style.

This was a complete “lets see what this is like”, never had this and anytime I have been in Chaakoo with anyone they have never had this.

I am glad I tried this, it was very nice and the tikka and the cream sauce was perfect. I kept the chicken in the dish, and found it very large and difficult to cut up etc so next time I would put it on a plate as I feel that would be better.

This is one I would have again.

Ok so before I move on to my next two dishes, you need to know I am not a salad or a vegetables guy. Put them down in front of me and they will not get touched, two things I really hate.

That being said the next two dishes are very healthy and dishes I wouldn’t normally order….ok ok I did have the Paneer the last time but still it counts for this visit.

Saag Paneer £5.95
(V) a classic jalfrezi dish of spiced spinach, studded with cubes of creamy fried paneer cheese.

What can I say this is a very nice and light dish, its good flavour and one I will have again.

Gobi Manchurian £3.95
(V) Calcuttan fried cauliflower, garlic, chilli & ginger.

Ok so if someone said here have some cauliflower I would say no thanks, but my last visit with Emma and Wendy this dish was had and it looked nice.

I am so glad I tried this, this was amazing the flavour was good and the crunchiness of the cauliflower added to it.

MIRCH & CHOKALET
Cocchi Torino, Arbikie chilli vodka, fresh orange, nutmeg, egg white — Sweet with subtle spice and the texture of a cloud

I have to have a cocktail when I am out, and yes I had this last time but its a good one. This was a little freebie tonight so thanks again Denny 🙂 cheers

 

MANGO LASSI £3.75

The Mango Lassi has always been a favourite of mine when I go to an Indian restaurant, and last time when I tried it here i was very disappointed. It was too icy and not enough flavour, but I had heard this had been improved so I thought lets see.

This was more like it, texture was perfect, sweet and full of flavour this was a perfect Mango Lassi the way it should be 🙂

Overall  : 

Overall another perfect evening, and my friends all enjoyed the food and the night. Please do check out my other reviews for here, and please do visit Chaakoo you wont regret it.

Service : *****
Food Quality : *****
Atmosphere : *****
Rating (out of 5) : *****

Back with Bloggers at Chaakoo : Review


79 ST VINCET STREET
GLASGOW G2 5TF

Chaakoo is open:
Now open for Breakfast!!!!

Mon-Sat 9am
Sunday 10:30am

Monday — Thursday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm(drinks)

Friday & Saturday
12noon -10:30pm(food)
11.30am -12am(drinks)

Sunday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm (drinks)

T: 0141 229 0000
W : http://chaakoo.co.uk

Visit Date : 9 December 2016

Recently due to my blogging I have made two new friends, if you follow any food blogs or travel blogs you may have heard of them

Emma Eats : twitter.com/EmmaEatsUK

Weekends With Wendy : twitter.com/WendyAndrew_

I have had the pleasure of meeting both of them twice now, and they are very lovely and nice girls. Please do follow them on twitter and read their blogs, they have taught me a lot since I have started and I look forward to my next meeting with them.

So the three of use decided to go to Chaakoo as I have praised it so much, and also Emma did a quick visit not that long ago but wanted to go back.

Feel free to check my previous posts on Chaakoo here

The past view visits the manager has kept in touch with me via twitter, and said next visit he would like to come and meet me so I told him the three of us were going.

If you have been reading my posts, I am trying very hard when I return to a restaurant not to order the same thing or things. Did I do it this night……..kind of 🙂

On entering I was welcomed and shown to my table, and Annie came over to see if I would like to drink anything. Again Annie was very friendly, and it was nice to see a familiar face 🙂

Tonights Dishes : 

KOFTA CURRY £5.50
Iranian kofta meatballs in our cafe curry sauce.


This seem to be one of my two fav dishes, as I had to get it again. The meatballs are cooked perfect and have a nice little kick to them, the sauce just adds more flavour to give an amazing mix in taste.

 

SAAG PANEER £5.95 (V)
A classic jalfrezi dish of spiced spinach, studded with cubes of creamy fried paneer cheese.

This is one of my friends favourite dishes and I have never tried it here, so tonight I thought I would give it a shot to see what its like.

I had tried Paneer at another Indian restaurant, and I felt its flavours were bland.

I would describe this as a curried cottage cheese, thats as close as a description I can give you if you haven’t tried it before.

This is very nice, normally I am not into vegetarian dishes but I would have this again.The flavour was really good!!.

SHAKAHARI £3.95
(V) Crispy fried vegetable pakora.

If you have had vegetable pakora then you can’t go wrong with it, this was very tasty and the sauce add a nice little kick.

 

Denny the manager came out to see us, and I finally got to meet him. You can’t not but love him, he is passionate, friendly and a really nice guy. He spoke to us about the food, himself and the decor.

Denny then asked if would like to try a cocktail, and he would surprise us with three. As you know I am a big fan of cocktails, so I was looking forward to them. On his return he said these were his three favourite cocktails, the one I choose was :

MIRCH & CHOKALET
Cocchi Torino, Arbikie chilli vodka, fresh orange, nutmeg, egg white
— Sweet with subtle spice and the texture of a cloud


This is a really nice cocktail and one I could have many off. I would like to thank Denny for this cocktail 🙂

 

Overall : 

Another faultless visit, the food was amazing as always and the service was really good.

I am already looking forward to my next visit, if you have not tried this place out yet what are you waiting for you will love it.

I would like to take this time to thank Denny personally, as he was kind enough to give us a discount on our meal plus the cocktail which was not needed but very much appreciated and very kind….so thank you Denny for tonight 🙂 and it was great to finally meet you in person 🙂

5 Stars just like the last visits 🙂