Patisserie Valerie (Glasgow) : Review

18-20 Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow G1 2AB

V: 13th August 2018      T:  0141 221 3090  W: www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk

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


I like visiting Patisserie Valerie every now and then, more so for the afternoon tea but today I decided to try something else.

There are two locations in Glasgow, I don’t really have a preference but if I had to choose I think this one is a little nicer than the other.

The Food…

Starter

Spaghetti Carbonara  £8.75

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On arrival it looked a little of a disappointment, my next thought was why is there that light coloured cheese on it like that?

Another thing I noticed was the pasta was cut, rather than the big long strands…which am sure for some people is fine but for me this was strange. I am used to the normal way where I have to twist, and then eat…..

Flavour wise….not that great. Firstly it used cream and not the normal way, secondly the cheese through this was hmmm

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3
Presentation : 2.5
Value for Money : 2.5

Overall

Overall very disappointed, this was not good and I definitely won’t be ordering this again.

Sorry guys

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 4
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 3
  • Food : 3
  • Value for Money: 3
  • Overall : 3

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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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Amore (Glasgow, Merchant City) : Review

30 Ingram Street
Glasgow G1 1EZ, UK

V: 25th March 2018      T:  0141 553 0810  W: amoreglasgow.co.uk

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


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I have had Amore on my list to visit for a very long time, but Merchant City is not an area of Glasgow I tend to visit a lot mostly as I am either in the centre or West End….but I have added a few more restaurants to my list so I will be seeing this area more.

While I was at work I got a ping in my inbox, and it was an invite to come and visit Amore and feel the atmosphere and taste the food….now how could I refuse I LOVE Italian food so I thanked them for the invite and accepted.

First Impression :

On entering it had that traditional Italian restaurant look and feel, and as I was walking to my table the smells ohhhh mmmmm my mouth started to water right away.

Looking about everyone was having a good time, and also enjoying the food so I couldn’t wait to take a look at the menu and see what I would order.

As my readers will know from my posts, I have visited Italy since I was about 6 months old every year so when it comes to Italian food I am VERY fussy!!

The Food…

Starter

Calamari Fritti £5.95 (Tonight £N/A)
Deef fried squid. Served with tartare sauce

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On arrived the first thing I noticed was, this was a big portion for a starter but I was hungry so it was perfect for me.

Normally this is a very hit or miss dish, so time to dig in and see…

This has to be the best Calamari I have had, the Calamari was not chewy or rubbery it was 100% perfect! I am very impressed so far…

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Main Course

Spaghetti Carbonara £10.25 (Tonight £N/A)
Strips of succulent bacon, garlic, white wine, black pepper, egg yolk and cream

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On arrival this looked so good, and smelled so good…..

WOW is all I can say this was again perfect, the flavours were just amazing with every mouthful!! I cant wait to have this again, and again I think this is the best Carbonara I have tasted!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Garlic Bread £2.95 (Tonight £N/A)

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This for me was a little disappointing, it didn’t have enough garlic for me but that could be a personal thing.

It was just ok.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3
Presentation : 4
Value for Money : N/A

Tiramisu £5.45 (Tonight N/A)

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This was nice, not as strong a flavour as I would have liked but it was still very nice.

To be honest by the time I got on to this I was really full, so I was only half enjoying it due to that but it was very nice and I will have it again next visit and when I am not ready to explode 🙂

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3.5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Overall

As always even though tonight’s food was free thanks to Amore, I am still writing a 100% honest review.

Apart from the Garlic Bread, I enjoyed everything from start to finish. The portion sizes are amazing, and due to that its very good value for money.

At first I thought the starters were larger due to me being a blogger and Amore knew I was there, but looking around nope! everyone had just as big a starter so this is very good!!!

Amore is now my favourite Italian in Glasgow, due to the amazing flavours and value for money. I know this restaurant is a little out the main centre but do check them out, you will not be dissapointed!!!!

Finally a BIG thank you to again Amore for inviting me, I had a fantastic time and fantastic food!!

Grazie

Review Scores – 

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

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