The Bothy (West End) : Review

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Location

11 Ruthven Lane,
Hillhead
Glasgow West End
G12 9BG

Website

www.bothyglasgow.co.uk

Visit Date : 8th April 2017

This was a treat for my birthday, and also a first time for me visiting here. Since my girlfriend was paying for this, I wont comment on the costs.

I had a look at the menu online before coming, so I had a rough idea of a few things I wanted to order.

6oz Beef Burger
Smoked Mull Of Kintyre, Maple Cured Bacon, Baby Gem Lettuce Gherkin & Caper Slaw, With Bothy Burger Sauce & Chunky Chips.

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The presentation of the burger was nice, and the smell was good so I was looking forward to this as I haven’t had a burger in a while.

The burger was very nice, flavours were good and it was very filling. The chips were nice and fresh, normally I prefer the thin chips but I enjoyed these today.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall I enjoyed my visit, the staff were very attentive and very pleasant. What I did like due to its Scottish theme, the staff all wore kilts this was a nice touch.

Food wise it was very nice, and the atmosphere was good.

  • 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 : N/A as dinner was paid for me
  • Overall : 5

Mezze (Glasgow) 2nd Visit : Review

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28A Tunnel Street
Finnieston, Glasgow
G3 8HL

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Website : glasgowrotunda.com/mezze-glasgow/
Twitter : @MezzeGlasgow

Visit Date : 17th March 2017

So the previous bloggers night, I decided to book for tonight as I was seeing a show at the SECC and I liked the food so it was a win win situation.

Tonight I arrived and were seated in the same seats as last nights blogger event, so another evening with a nice view. Again just like last night, the atmosphere was very relaxing and I was looking forward to trying some there dishes Mezze has to offer.

Starter :

Lamb Keftedes £5.40
meatballs – tomato sauce

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I never had this at the blogger event, so night I wanted to order different dishes so I could see if the others were just as nice as last nights.

This was a nice portion, though I am not sure if this was for two or just for one as we ordered two and only got the one dish. If this was for one, then it was very good value for money.

The flavour was nice, the meatballs were nice on their own but adding the sauce helped bring out the flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Main :

Calamari with Tarator Dip £5.90

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I love Calamari and get very disappointed by a restaurant if they don’t do it right, some places are nice but the taste is bland where others its too chewy but they have the taste.

On arrival I liked the presentation, it looked very nice and appealing to the eyes.

To taste, this was very nice. The calamari was not chewy and the batter was perfect, the dip added to the flavour very nicely and I really enjoyed this.

Overall :

I did order a sweet, but what it arrived I noticed it contained nuts. The menu description didn’t mention this which was a shame as if did I would have ordered something else.

This day and age with some many allergies I think it would have been better to mention this, even if the waitress or waiter that night asked “are you ok with nuts as it contains it”.

  • 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

Valentines Dinner at Piccolo Mondo Glasgow : Review

344 Argyle Street
Glasgow G2 8LY
UK
T: 0141 248 2481

Website : piccolomondo.co.uk

Visit Date : 14th February 2017

I have been to the Piccolo Mondo many years ago, but it was the restaurant in Renfrew. I always remember how nice it was, the service was good and the salted bread WOW amazing.

I have always passed here and never given this branch a second thought, but it was Valentines and my girlfriend wanted to go back as she had a works night out and enjoyed it.

First Impressions :

On entering it has a very Italian and welcoming feel, and the staff that night was very pleasant and helpful.

The restaurant looked very clean, tidy and the staff looked very busy as they were walking about very fast.

Our coats were taken from us and we were shown to the table.

The Menu :

Tonights menu was a special Valentines menu

£70 for two
Choice of Aperitif on arrival
Three course dinner
Tea or Coffee

The cost was ok for what you were getting, yes there were cheaper places in Glasgow and also more expensive places but yeah this was ok value for money.

Starter :

Terrine of Pâté
Made with chicken and duck liver and served on toast, red currant jelly and seasonal leaves.

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The pate was really nice, very smooth. There was just enough Pate to spread on the toast, so this was a good sized starter.

Main :

Risotto (Country Style)
Made with chicken breast, Italian Sausage, rice and wild mushrooms, cooked in a sauce made with shallots, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs.

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I am a big fan or Risotto so I was looking forward to trying it here.

This was again perfectly cooked, and its flavour was very nice. Maybe just a little too much garlic as that was coming back as an after taste but apart from that it was really nice.

Desserts :

Home Made Panna Cotta
Classic Piedmont’s dessert laced with liquor.

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This was a good amount to finish up with, as the Risotto was very filling.

I can’t really fault this as it was tasty, and a good portion size.

Overall :

Overall my first experience of Piccolo Mondo was an ok one, I can’t complain about the service, or the food but I did find its atmosphere was lacking a little. It could have just been tonight as it was Valentine’s Day, and yes most tables didn’t really look that happy to be out.

The food was very nice, and portion sizes were just about right.

Would I go back yes, but there are other Italian restaurants in Glasgow that are my favourite right now.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 4
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Atmosphere : 2.5
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4