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

New Years Eve at the Glasgow Blythswood Square Hotel

11 Blythswood Square
Glasgow G2 4AD
UK

T: +44 141 248 8888

W: www.blythswoodsquare.com

I have been to the Blythswood several times, sometimes with family and others with friends or my mum. The last few times I have been for Afternoon Tea, and family events.

The Blythswood Hotel has been done up nicely, and the staff and service has always been very good. Atmosphere the past few times I have been, has always been very hit or miss…I don’t know what it is but every visit there is always a little something missing for me.

Tonight was a family a friends night, I went with my parents and my best friend and his mum and dad. My grandparents were there, and so were my aunt, uncle and two cousins. Some of my Aunt’s friends and cousins friends were also there, so it was a busy and big table.

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Once everyone arrived and introduced themselves we all found out places and sat down.

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We all sat and talked, and also had a look at the menu to see what we wanted.

Starter :

Cream of parsnip and pear velouté
Parmesan wafer, herb oil

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I am not a soup person but I have been trying take a better mixed meal every time I go out, and the soup was a good option for me to start with.

This was very nice, you could taste the parsnip and the honey. The Parmesan wafer was very nice, and added that extra little flavour to the dish.

Main :

Ironbark pumpkin and mascarpone risotto
Grilled artichokes, blue cheese croquette, chive cream sauce

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I love risotto so when I saw it on the menu tonight, it was the dish for me.

This was very nice, very creamy and full of flavour. The blue cheese croquette was very nice, and I could have had more of that with it.

Dessert

Knocraich Farm yoghurt and red berry panna cotta
Spiced honey and clementine macaron, blackcurrant sorbet, fresh red currants and cinder toffee.

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Again another dish where I couldn’t fault it, it again was a perfect portion size and was full of flavour.

Throughout this meal there was a live singer, his name is Henrick Solera. Henrick Solera who is a singer and entertainer came over from the Martinez Hotel France to perform for tonights dinner. If you check out his Facebook page you will see he sings in many different venues.

Henrick Solera Facebook : www.facebook.com/henricksolera/
Twitter : @henricksolera
Website : www.rickysolera.com

Henrick Solera is an international singer, musician & entertainer. Singing Sinatra classics as well as contemporary hits by Josh Groban and Michael Bublé, an evening with Solera is one that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

His passion for the great American songbook, beloved evergreens, retro swing tunes, broadway classics, and unforgettable majestic ballads will move you and speak to your heart.

** Taken from his website

This was the first time I have really heard Henrick perform live, I have seen a few videos as my Aunt Uncle and cousins stay in the south of France and have seen Henrick a few times.

All the songs Henrick sang were perfect for the evening, and the level of music was ok. Yes, you did need to talk a little louder but it wasn’t to the level where you were shouting at the people around you so this was nice.

One part of the evening I was really looking forward to was my little cousin Danni, she got up and sang a few solo songs and a few duets with Henrick.

Danni was really amazing, she has a great voice and I wish she sang more last night. I am a very proud cousin, as she has a gift and was very brave singing to everyone….Something I know I couldn’t do even if I did have a good voice.

Overall :

One issue that everyone at the table wasn’t happy with, was the length of time it took for each course to come out. After we arrived and ordered it took an hour and a half for the first course to come out, and this continued per course.

I don’t know if it was due to the large amount at our table, they waited till every dish was made before bring it out or if they just didn’t have enough kitchen staff or to prolong it to the bells. I wasn’t really to fussed as we weren’t in a rush and it allowed us to have a good chat.

Apart from this delay, the food and night was very nice. Everyone enjoyed the evening and was nice to welcome the New Year with family and friends and I did it sitting close to my parents and my best friend and his parents 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!!!