Dumpling Monkey (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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121 Dumbarton Road
Glasgow G11 6PR, UK

V: 11th November 2017      T:  0141 583 8300  W: www.dumplingmonkey.com

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


I have walked past this place a few times and thought the food looked very nice, so today I took a visit.

On entering we were instantly greeted and asked if it was for take away or sit in, and then shown to a table.

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The Food…

Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs £4.80

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On arrival this looked very nice, I could see they cut up the ribs rather than bring then whole (maybe to speed up the cooking time).

These were very nice, and had a nice flavour.

If you do order these just be careful as there are bones, just because they are smaller pieces doesn’t mean they are boneless bits.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Sweet and Sour Chicken Hong Kong Style £6.50

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This is one of my favourite dishes so I had to try it here and see how it was.

On arrival it looked nice, but this is where it stopped.

The sauce was very runny and had a slight vinegar taste to it, normally when its been like this its the cheaper way to make it so maybe thats whats happened tonight…or vinegar is used to thin down sauce to make it go further….

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 2
Presentation : 4

Overall

This place is a take away trying to be a sit in cafe/restaurant at the same time.

You order at the desk, get the cutlery yourself and all the food just comes at once even though its split in to starters and mains. Since it all came at once and I was at a table for two, the table was too busy and made it difficult to actually enjoy and eat.

By the time I finished my starter my Sweet and Sour chicken was a little cold, plus it wasn’t that good (i’ve had much better).

Personally I don’t know if I would go back, the starter was nice the main not so much….I will need to think on this one.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 2.5
  • Staff : 3.5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 4
  • The portion sizes & taste : 3
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall : 2.5

Cafe Nardini (Glasgow, Westend) : Review

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215 Byres Road
Glasgow G12 8UD

V: 28th May 2017      T: 0141 339 2221     W: www.nardinis.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


The West End of Glasgow is slowly becoming like a second home for me, and I have passed here many times thinking hmmm

Today was a very nice and sunny day, and I thought I need some Ice Cream to help cool me down and get me in the summer mood.

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This has a very Italian cafe feel to it, and it was very busy. Lucky today I wanted to sit inside and there were a few tables free, as if we wanted to take away we would have had a very long wait as there were loads after Ice Cream.

 

The Food :

Toffee Fudge Ice Cream

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I love Italian Ice Cream and tend to have loads when I go to Italy, as it always tastes better then the stuff you get over here so I was really looking forward to trying this.

On arrival this looked so good, so a quick photo and I dug right in.

This was amazing!!! I loved every mouthful, and could have easily had 2 or more dishes of this. This was nice and creamy, and very tasty.

I forgot to take a note of the cost for this, but it wasn’t expensive.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Belgian Chocolate Milkshake £3.95

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I thought lets go all out and be a big kid today with Ice Cream and a Milkshake.

I love chocolate so this was a must to try.

This was a very good milkshake, and its probably in my top 2 in Glasgow for milkshakes (1st being Byron Burgers)

The flavour was spot on and the consistency was perfect.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Molto Bene!!

If I ever need an ice cream fix this is where I will be heading.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 3.5
  • Staff : 4.5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 4.5