La Lanterna (Glasgow, West End) : Review

447 Great Western Road
Glasgow G12 8HH

V: 31st March 2018      T:  0141 334 0686  W: lalanternawestend.co.uk

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have had La Lanterna on my list for a while now, as I wanted to try it when it opened but always never managed to get around to visiting….till now.

On entering we were shown to a table and made to feel very welcome!

The restaurant has a very modern Italian feel, and all the staff were very pleasant and helpful and welcoming.

Inside is not the biggest of restaurants, so if you want to visit maybe advanced booking is best so your not disappointed.

The Food…

Starter

Pate £6.95
Homemade smooth chicken liver pate served with sweet red onions & artisan bread

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On arrival, I instantly thought this is a good portion size, and couldn’t wait to start.

This was so good!!! very smooth and mega tasty!!! I loved that this also came with crackers as normally when it comes to Pate, you always have more pate than you do to spread it on.

So having both meant that there was no pate left! which is a BIG pet hate of mine more so when its really nice Pate.

Very impressed!!

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

Main Course

Spagetti Carbonara £11.95
Pancetta, garlic, egg, cream, parmesan

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My favourite Italian dish and I had this recently at another Italian restaurant, so I used that as a comparison.

This was a very good and large portion, so much so I left some.

This was a very nice Carbonara, perfectly cooked and had a lot of flavours.

For me this is probably the second best Carbonara for me, the other Italian I don’t know why but it just had the edge over it but it is still a VERY good carbonara.

Flavour : 4.5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

 

Prosecco Lemone £6.95
Prosecco and Lemoncello

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Two of my favourite Italian drinks, combined in to two…now what couldn’t be good about this.

This at first was very hmmm is it nice? is it just ok….but the more I drank the more it grew on me and I enjoyed it.

I would have this again or even make it myself.

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

Overall

My first visit here was a good one, the restaurant is very nice inside and has a very relaxing feel.

The staff were all very pleasant and very helpful and made sure that everything we ordered was perfect for us.

The food was very nice!

I would like to come back again and try a few different dishes, and see how they are.

See you soon guys.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 4.5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 4.5

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Eusebi Deli (West End) : Review

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152 Park Road
Glasgow G4 9HB
UK

Websiteeusebideli.com
Twitter@eusebi_deli

Visit Date :  12th March 2017

I enjoyed my last visit here, I decided to see how the food was.

On arrival we were welcomed and shown to our table. I only found out at this visit, they have more tables and seats downstairs.

Downstairs is also nicely decorated, and has a nice cosy atmosphere and feel to it. I didn’t take any photos as there were too many people about, and they were enjoying their meal so I didn’t want to make them feel uncomfortable.

Starter :

Pate’ Brulee £8
Rich chicken liver pate infused with cognac, port & thyme. Finished with a candied crust.

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I love pate, so I had to try it here and see what its like.

When this arrived the first thing I noticed was there was some topping on the Pate, I have never been anywhere where its been presented like this.

This was a candied crust, the thickness was thin so it was easy to break. It didn’t really add anything to the flavour of the Pate, more just gave it a slight crush.

This was probably the nicest Pate I have had, and I will be back for more.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Main :

Toscano (Pizza) £12
Tomato, mozzarella, Italian sausage, potato, onion & chili

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Tonight my girlfriend and I decided to share a pizza, and this was the one we decided to go for.

Normally when I have ordered a pizza its come round, and on a round dish this was more rectangular which was interesting.

The base was very nice and thin, the topping was very nice and overall it was very filling. For me personally I could have done with a little more sausage, but thats just me being a pig.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3.5
Presentation : 4

Dessert :

Tiramisù £6

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Yes I had this last time but today we decided to order a dessert each, and have half of each.

Again just like last time this is very moreish, and if you like Tiramisù then you have to try this.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Poached pears with vanilla cream (GF) £6

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This was the first time having this…well half as this sounded very good.

The presentation was very nice, and the pears were nice and soft. It was nice, but the flavour for me wasn’t for me.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3
Presentation : 4.5

Overall :

This is now in my top two places to eat in the Glasgow West End, its very relaxing, the food is good.

The social media side of Eusebi Deli who ever runs that, is also very friendly so do check them out.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service :5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Value for money : 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