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 £7.50

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 £10.00

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 £6.00

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 🙂

Ne vedem în curând (See you soon)

Also watch the VLOG 🙂

Review Scores –

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

Chat to me on here via the comments below, or on my Twitter or Instagram and let me know if you have been here or even tried what I had in this review. I want to hear from you so lets have a wee chat 🙂


Additional Details

  • Child Friendly : Yes (well behaved kids)
  • Payment : Cash & Card
  • Vegan Friendly: Yes
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Hard Rock Cafe Thanksgiving Dinner (Glasgow) : Review

Hard Rock Cafe (Glasgow)
179 Buchanan Street
Glasgow G1 2JZ

0141 353 8790
www.hardrock.com/cafes/glasgow

Invited : 26th November 2019


Rock ’n’ roll-themed chain with a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics.

I got a wee ping in my inbox asking me if I would like to visit Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow, to try their Thanksgiving menu and I accepted and put it in my calendar.

This sounded very interesting, as I have not had a Thanksgiving meal for a few years now so it would be good to have one again.

Looking Around

I have had Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow, on my list to pop in and try so I was very excited to visit tonight. I have only ever been in the London Hard Rock Cafe, so I was ready to take a look around and enjoy the food.

On entering you go through the Hard Rock Shop and through the back to get to the restaurant, I spotted a few cool things in the shop but I was a good boy and didn’t get anything since its so close to Christmas.

Inside was very cool with lots of memorabilia on the walls, classic tunes playing and had a really funky but nice and relaxing atmosphere.

I was seated at the back, for me this was good as I got a good view of the whole place.

The Food

I was invited here to have Thanksgiving dinner, which if your not familiar with Thanksgiving dinner its basically like your traditional Christmas dinner.

I was given the menu to have a look at, and then asked if they can start preparing it….of course I said yeah! as I was a hungry boy.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Slow roasted turkey breast, roasted fresh vegetables, home-style classic stuffing, creamy sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce finished with a traditional turkey gravy £15.95 (Tonight Free)

This was a good sized portion, and it smelled amazing!!! after many photos and Instagram stories, I finally started.

I tried everything on its own first, to see how it tasted and how well it was cooked.

Let me start with the Brussels sprouts, I normally avoid these guys but I tried them tonight and I was VERY shocked. These had a really nice flavour to them, and nice and soft and guess what? I finished them all…nice ones guys!!!

Everything on this plate was really nice, full of flavour and worked well on its own and together,

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

Pumpkin Pie £6.50 (Tonight Free)

As I said at the start of this review, I have had Thanksgiving dinner in the past but not for many years. I have had Pumpkin Pie before, so it would be nice to compare them as the one I had in the past was homemade.

This tasted just like I remembered, and I enjoyed it very much.

I have a very sweet tooth so its not a sweet I would order a lot if I saw it on a menu, but it was Thanksgiving and it was the perfect sweet for the night.

  • 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 thank you to Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow for my invite, and thanks to the staff.

Fancy celebrating Thanksgiving? or giving it a try then check all Hard Rock Cafe’s this Thursday 28th 12pm-10pm for a great Thanksgiving meal.

Review Scores –

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : n/a Thanksgiving Menu
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: n/a tonight
  • Overall : 5

Chat to me on here via the comments below, or on my Twitter or Instagram and let me know if you have been here or even tried what I had in this review. I want to hear from you so lets have a wee chat 🙂


Additional Details

  • Child Friendly : Yes (well behaved kids)
  • Payment : Cash & Card
  • Vegan Friendly: Yes
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Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Masterclasses Invite (Glasgow) : Review

V: 23rd October 2019

Jägermeister’s Cold Brew Coffee Available Now
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JÄGERMEISTER UK UNVEIL ‘JÄGERMEISTER COLD BREW COFFEE’
A perfect fusion of Jägermeister, Cold Brew Coffee and Cacao


I was invited to visit the Tiki Bar in Glasgow, for the Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee event which I was very excited to attend. One I love wee events and two I love coffee so this sounded interesting.

The inventive liqueur sees the classic Jägermeister recipe of 56 herbs and spices expertly fused with cold-brewed Arabica coffee and just a hint of cacao to create a new Jägermeister shot experience, with a barista touch.

I have never been to the Tiki Bar, but its always been on my list, so tonight was going to be a great night for many new things.

On entering I could see how funky this place was, plus lots of Jägermeister goodies and promo materiel this looked like it was going to be a fun event.

I was welcomed and offered a little taster, and this was an interesting taster. I could have a shot of Cold Brew, or a small ice cream cone with the shot….it was a hard decision so I went for both.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM I loved this, it tasted like Jägermeister but MUCH BETTER….well for me as I have a sweet tooth and like coffee.

This for me was a perfect shot, it was amazing and I couldn’t wait to try more tonight.

I spotted a little list of cocktails that were being made tonight, that included Jägermeister’s new Cold Brew drink and they all sounded good…..which means I had to try them all.

I got talking to someone that worked at Jägermeister, he welcomed me and recommended that tonight I had to try the Espresso Martini.

This was a great recommendation as one of my favourite cocktails is an Espresso Martini…..now it was time to taste how it was with Cold Brew.

Jägermeister’s Cold Brew Coffee, Salted Caramel, Espresso, Vanilla

Ohhh now this was different but in a good way, it tasted like a normal Espresso Martini but sweeter and the salted caramel just rounded it off.

I don’t know if these cocktails were just for tonight, or will continue to be served but tonight the first for us was free but had a normal price of £6 which is a good price.

I loved this and could easily have more, but tonight there were others to try…

There were several cocktails available tonight but the Espresso Martini and the following two were my favourites.

Bounty Hunter
(Coconut-Washed Jägermeister’s Manifest, Honey and Chocolate Bitters)

This was very nice and had a good strong Bounty flavour, with a nice hint of the Jägermeister flavour coming through. This is another one I would recommend.

Gecko Club
(Jägermeister’s Cold Brew Coffee, Orgeat, Lime, Aromatic Bitters)

OH now this was different, the first flavour was the Cold Brew then it finished on a subtle Lime flavour which made it refreshing. Another one for you to try when visiting here or making it at home.

Overall :

Firstly a big thank you to Jägermeister for the invite tonight, and for the amazing night I enjoyed it from start to finish.

For me this was a really nice drink, and one I have already got myself a bottle at home to enjoy 🙂

I will either be going back to try more Cold Brew cocktails, or buying Cold Brew to make the Espresso Martini at home 🙂

Jägermeister’s Cold Brew will be available NOW in Morrisons and selected off-licenses NOW!!! and that it would work as a great Christmas gift.

I highly recommend this if you have a sweet tooth and like coffee.

Thanks Tiki Bar & Jägermeister 🙂