DryGate Brewery NEW Bar Food and Cocktail Menu (Glasgow) : Review

Invited

V: 6th March 2020


The guys over at DryGate Brewery, invited me over to the launch night of their new bar Food and Cocktail menu.

Looking Around

I have been to Drygate many times, with friends or with the craft beer tasting tours so I know it very well.

The event tonight was upstairs, the new menu for upstairs only.

The Food

I didnt know what was in store for me tonight, but I was mega looking forward to it.

I was told that a sampler would be brought round to me, and I could select 2 cocktails to try which was great.

Sampler

  • Pizza By The Slice
  • Cauliflower Wings (VG)
  • Tacos : Crisp Fried Haddock
  • House Made Nachos (V)

All of these samples were very nice, and full of flavour, my favourite from this selection was the Cauliflower Wings and I could have easily had more.

The fish taco was nice, but the taco broke up for me very easily so I couldn’t grab and eat, I had to use my knife and fork.

And there was more..

This was Drygates Vegan Curry was served in a tiffin tray with bread, rice and dips.

Presentation wise I really liked this, and as you can see its very instagramable…..now for the taste..

This was a VERY good curry, and extremely moreish.

If you like currys you need to try this, and I promise you you wont regret it.

Cocktails :

Orinoco Russian : Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Orinoco Syrup, Milk and Cream Chocolate

and

Pineapple Rum Old Fashioned : Plantation Pineapple Rum, Sugar and Orange Bitters

Both these cocktails were very good, but my fav and one I would definitely have again is the Orinoco Russian mmmmm so good ๐Ÿ™‚

Visit Overall :

Note : Just because this was an invite, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the day.

Firstly a big thanks to DryGate for my invite, I really had a great time and good food and cocktails.

I really loved the Cauliflower Wings and the Drygate Vegan curry, these were my top two dishes from tonight.

Overall I can recommend you visit and try the new menu and the cocktails, as I really enjoyed what I had. Thanks again guys ๐Ÿ™‚

See you soon


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Wagamama (Glasgow Fort, Glasgow) Trying the Vegan Menu : Review

Invited: 28th January 2020


The guys over at Wagamama sent me an invite to visit the Glasgow Fort branch, to come in and try their Vegan menu and I accepted and set a date.

Yes you read that correct, I said yes to trying some Vegan food….yup 2020 has an interesting start to the year for me.

I haven’t gone out and had any Vegan dishes before, I didn’t know what to expect as well you know me as you have seen my posts…but hey I am always up for trying new things.

Looking Around

I have never driven to the Glasgow Fort before, but to be honest it was very easy.

I have been to Wagamama many years ago, and enjoyed that visit but the one part I didn’t like too much (personal preference) was your sitting next to strangers.

When entering this Wagamama I noticed that here they had a benches area, and had a normal table area which was great so I opted to sit at the table section.

The Food

So tonight its from the Vegan menu, and I really had no idea if I was going to like it or not.

Time to see what it’s like…

Side

Yasai Gyoza ยฃ5.95 (Tonight Free)

five steamed dumplings filled with vegetables. Served grilled with dipping sauce

I wanted to have a wee side, to see what another dish was going to be like so I played safe as I have had dumplings at other restaurants.

I tried these on their own, and then with the sauce.

On their own they were nice, but they needed a little more flavour for me. With the sauce really helped for me, and I enjoyed every bite.

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 4
  • Value For Money : n/a tonight
  • Overall : 4.5

Main Course :

Vegan ‘Suika’ Tuna (Tonight FREE)

Wow this was a big portion, and for me looked very interesting.

I was told that the “tuna” is actually dehydrated watermelon which is sliced and seared, which gives it the look and texture of tuna….now theres a first for me to hear you could do that but very cool.

I am not a watermelon person, so I was very hesitant to eat this but it was recommended to me by Wagamama to try so I didn’t want to let them down.

Time to try and see how this was…

So I tried everything on its own, and then combined for the perfect bite.

I hope you are sitting down reading this, as I am going to shock you. This actually was very very tasty and I enjoyed every bite. The watermelon didn’t taste like watermelon for me, so again this was great for me and it tasted really nice.

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 5
  • Value For Money : n/a tonight
  • Overall : 5

Desert :

chocolate + orange blossom ice cream (Tonight FREE)

So some Vegan Ice Cream, now this is also another first for me.

On arrival it looked really good, but now it was time to taste…

So this had the texture of normal ice cream, and the taste of a light chocolate and orange flavour. Ok so not as bad as expected, and the orange was very nice.

The chocolate for me (personal preference as I have a sweet tooth) could have been a little stronger in flavour, but overall very impressed and was nice and light.

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 5
  • Value For Money : n/a tonight
  • Overall : 5

Visit Overall :

Note : Just because this was an invite, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the day, and the food.

Firstly a big thanks to Wagamama for tonight’s invite.

I went in expecting to just think meh but came out enjoying what I had tonight, and I could really have the same dish again….I am as shocked at you at reading this to ๐Ÿ™‚ If you like vegan food or up for trying something different then I recommend trying this dish and taking a visit to Wagamama.

Review Scores โ€“

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

Additional Details

  • Payment : Card & Cash
  • Vegan Friendly: Yes
  • Toilet Cleanliness (out of 5) : 5

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Casa Timis Traditional Romanian Restaurant (Tollcross, Glasgow) : Review

V: 17th December 2019

Invited by Casa Timis


Well well well, now this was an unexpected opening! I work in Tollcross Road, and a Romanian restaurant was the last thing I thought would open here but a pleasant surprise.

As you may know I have visited Romania many times, and seen many locations and loved what I have seen and also ate.

I added Casa Timis to my list to visit…not long after the opening weekend Casa Timis sent me an invite to come in for a meal and see their restaurant.

Looking Around

On entering the restaurant is very large, and has a large floor area. I’ve seen a few Facebook videos, and they use this for their traditional Romanian dance nights.

The Food

For those of you reading that haven’t tried Romanian food before, you have your fish, your meats, your vegetables etc its just how its all prepared, spiced and presented just like every other dish you have tried in the past.

For those who have had Romanian food before, just like me I thought I will go for a few dishes I have had in Romania so I could compare.

Starter

Bulz cu Branza de burduf, jamari si ou ยฃ7.50

POLENTA BALL FILLED WITH SHEEP MILK CHEESE, PORK RINGS & EGG.

a traditional Transylvanian dish, polenta ball, filled with sheep cheese cooked on the grill accompanied with pork rings and egg.

My fiancee who is Romanian made this for me a few years ago, so this would be interesting to see how here does it.

On arrived the first thing I noticed is how big the portion size was, not that that’s a complaint as I was very hungry tonight but wow a really good size.

This smelled really good and the presentation was good, now time to dig in and see what it was like.

WOW this was so good, just like I have had in the past and when I visited Romania. The flavours were really good, everything worked well together and really this was very good. For those who have never had Polenta think mashed potatoes.

This is a very nice and filling dish, and one I would have again.

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 5
  • Value For Money : 5 (n/a tonight)
  • Overall : 5

Main Course :

Sarmale ยฃ10.00

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Traditional Cabbage Rolls stuffed and seasoned with minced beef and pork, smoked pork meat and rice, slow cooked in fresh tomato broth. Served with sour cream, homemade Polenta.

Visually when this was served it looked just like how it was served to me in Romania, so I couldn’t wait to dig in and taste it.

These were just as nice as I remembered, and worked with the sour cream very very well mmm my mouth is watering just typing this.

Again I would recommend this to anyone to try, or if you have had this before you will like this.

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 5
  • Value For Money : 5 (n/a tonight)
  • Overall : 5

Side

I wasn’t going to have any sides, and technically this isn’t a side but when I saw they did Mici (pronounced Meech) I HAD!!! to order this and see how Casa Timis do Mici.

If you have seen my Vlogs when I have been in Romania I always stop and have Mici, I am addicted to it and tonight in Glasgow I was having mici.

I really liked this mici, it wasn’t like the mici I had in Romania but this mici was from a different part of Romania and just like every other country each part has its own of doing things and flavouring.

This mici wasn’t as herby as I have had before, but wow still a very very good mici and I can see me having this at lunch times at work or again any my next visits.

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 5
  • Value For Money : 5 (n/a tonight)
  • Overall : 5

Desert :

Papanasi cu dulceata de afine si smantana ยฃ6.00

The Romanian doughnuts are served with blueberry jam and sour cream.

I first had Papanasi when I visited Bucharest, and really enjoyed it then so tonight I had to have it again and see how it compared.

SO SO SO GOOD!!!! I would actually say these were much nicer than the ones I had in Bucharest, and I could easily have this again and again.

The jam, doughnut and cream worked perfectly together and is extremely moreish!!!!

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 5
  • Value For Money : 5 (n/a tonight)
  • Overall : 5

Visit Overall :

Note : Just because this was an invite, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the day, and the food.

I went in really hoping tonight’s food was going to be as good as the photos I have seen on Casa Timis Instagram / Facebook page and I am so glad it was. The food was just like how I had it in Romania, and well the Papanasi was actually better than when I tried it in Bucharest.

There was traditional Romanian music playing in the background, but it was at a level you could just hear it and no more. For this is is perfect, as I hate having to shout across the table when I go out to eat.

I would love them to mix up the music a little, by not always playing traditional music but introduce some Romanian chart artists for the younger guests e.g. Carlas Dreams, Irina Rimes, Inna, Mark Stam, 3 Sud Est, Freestay, Vantotek to name a few. (Check out my introduction to Romanian Music post HERE)

Obliviously only doing this on the nights where its just meals, and not on the Traditional dance nights.

Thanks again Casa Timis for the invite and the amazing food ๐Ÿ™‚

Ne vedem รฎn curรขnd (See you soon)

Also watch the VLOG ๐Ÿ™‚

Review Scores โ€“

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Additional Details

  • Child Friendly : Yes (well behaved kids)
  • Payment : Cash & Card
  • Vegan Friendly: Yes
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