Brel (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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39 Ashton Lane
Glasgow G12 8SJ
UK

V: 7th August 2017      T: (0141) 342 4966     W: www.brelbar.com

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


There are still lots of places in the West End of Glasgow that I have not tried, so tonight was my time to try Brel.

This was my first time here, and my first impression was this is a very nice looking place. I saw they had a beer garden, and this looked very nice and probably nicer when the sun is out.

The Food :

Tonights visit I used a recent purchase from Itison, it was a main each but I can’t comment on the cost as my girlfriend purchased this and I didn’t ask.

Food time….

1/2 Rack of BBQ baby back ribs with slaw £7.50

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I have my favourite place in town for ribs, so I thought lets see how Brel does them.

On arrival presentation was ok, the smell was very good and visually it looked very nice….now to see how they tasted.

These were very nice, the meat just slide off the bone which is the way it should be and the BBQ sauce added that extra flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money :  4
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Brel’s Seafood ‘Paella’ made with pearl barley, pan fried sea trout, mussels, squid & saffron £N/A (part of the itison offer)

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This dish sounded nice, but I did fail to spot it wasn’t rice and it was using pearl barley.

Visually on arrival it looked nice, but thats when I noticed it wasn’t a normal Paella.

The fish smell wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, but I dug in and gave it a shot. For me this was just so so, I even had to add salt and pepper for me to give it that little bit of flavour (which I don’t normally do).

I personally wouldn’t order this again, as for me it was a very disappointing. I think if I had spotted it was made with pearl barley instead of rice I would have just ordered a burger or another dish.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money : n/a
Flavour : 2
Presentation : 4

Belgian Waffle with your choice of topping (Banana, chocolate and Vanilla ice cream) £5.50

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There is always room for sweets 🙂

This sounded good on paper and looked good, but did it taste as good as it looks?

I couldn’t wait to dig in as I love chocolate and have a very sweet tooth.

So….first thing I noticed was the waffle was a little difficult to cut, maybe its pre-made and been sitting? not sure but waffles should be soft. Secondly the waffle should have been warm, it wasn’t so these two factors made what could have been a great end to the meal just so so.

These two points could be my own personal opinion, you may like your waffles done like this but for me if these got corrected it would be a really nice dish.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money :  4
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall my first visit was just ok, it had its ups and its downs.

Would I go back? I will give Brel one more shot at some point as I feel it may have just been a bad selection on my part and I will order something else.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 3.5
  • Value for money: 4
  • Overall : 3

Smoke BBQ (Glasgow) : Review

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Location

Smoke BBQ
2 West Regent Street
Glasgow G2 1RW

Website

smokebbq.co.uk/glasgow

Visit Date : 17 April 2017

I had been to Smoke BBQ long ago, and was a little disappointed so it was time to give it a second shot. The reason I was disappointed was, what I wanted to order they didn’t have left so I had to try something else.

Just like the last time we were shown to the table, and given some popcorn to snack on while we waited.

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This is a funky idea, and the popcorn was nice shame they only brought one little one to share between two.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4.5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 4.5
  • Overall : 4.5

Obu Pan Asian (Glasgow) : Review

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2nd Floor Princes Square
City Centre, Glasgow
G1 3JN

Cuisine: Far Eastern, International, Sushi, Pan-Asian

Visit Date : Friday 10th March 2017

Yip back again at Obu Pan Asian.

So I have been hitting the blogging hard again as you may have seen with all my recent and many posts, so I decided this month to try and be good and see if I can get any vouchers etc for Glasgow Restaurants.

 For me Obu Pan Asian has always been a very relaxing atmosphere, and I love the decoration it just sets you in the mood to relax and enjoy your meal.

Do take a look at my other Obu Pan Asian Reviews as there are some more photos.

As I said I had a voucher which gave me two mains and a glass of wine each, I can’t remember how much I paid for it but you can always find great deals on itison for here. Like most times I have a voucher I tend to always add a little extra to my order, or opt to pay for something that’s not included in the voucher offer.

Starter :

I opted for going off the Specials Menu tonight.

Kimbap
Seasame flavoured Rice rolls filled with egg and pickled vegetables with : 

Korean Style Beef “Bolgogi”
Fried Tuna
Avocado
Crab Sticks

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Normally I don’t order Sushi from Obu Pan Asian, as I really love Nippon Kitchen’s Sushi but today I decided to give it a try and see how it compares.

The flavour of the Sushi was really nice, the crab flavour was perfect for me. My only issue was the rice didn’t hold together very well.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Main :

Thai Green Curry
Fragrant and medium spiced with green curry paste, coconut milk and kaffir lime leaf.
– KING PRAWN 

I had this dish a while ago in here, but it was the chicken option. Tonight I opted for the king prawn, to see how the flavour was with prawn.

The flavour of this was perfect, not to sweet not too spicy and the prawn was a very good option.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

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The offer included a glass of wine each, the one we got was a large one as the owner gave us a free upgrade.

Dessert :

There is always room for dessert.

This was not included in the deal, so I paid for this.

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Rich chocolate mousse topped with a hint of chilli and topped with berries and cream £5.25

Oh My God!!!! I love my sweet dishes, and I love chocolate this was so so so good. A very thick and chocolatey mousse, with the very subtle hint of chilli which worked really well.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall :

I won’t comment too much on the prices as the owners were nice enough to allow us to go off the menu slightly, and as I said they gave us a free large glass of wine.

The prices for Obu Pan Asian with or without a voucher are all very reasonable, I have never found that its felt too costly for the size of the dish.

As always I really enjoy coming here, its very relaxing and the staff are all very friendly.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 5