Zizzi (Princes Square, Glasgow) 2021 : Review

The Visit

Tonight I was having dinner with a friend, then heading off to the new Vue cinema to see Rock 4 Directors cut.

The Starter

Garlic Bread £5.45
Brushed with garlic and rosemary.

On arrival this was a big portion, I was expecting something half the size.

It visually looked good, and smelled good and I was hungry so I couldnt wait to try it.

This was really lovely, the texture, taste and flavours all were perfect!

If you visit here, you have to order this!

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main Course

Rigatoni Pesto Rosso £12.25
A creamy sundried tomato pesto and mascarpone sauce with spicy pulled harissa chicken.

I was going to order a pizza, but then spotted this and thought lets give it a try.

This sounded really nice, and with the spicy harissa chicken should have a nice wee kick.

The pasta was cooked perfectly, but flavour wise for me was a little bland. I didn’t get any spiciness to it even a slight kick.

Overall it was ok, but just a little bland.

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Desert

When Tiramisu Met Brownie £6.85
Chocolate brownie topped with coffee sponge fingers and mascarpone cream, finished with gold balls and hot chocolate sauce.

From the description I HAD to order this, two things I like brownie and Tiramisu.

Presentation was nice, and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

I tried it on its own without the addition of the chocolate sauce.

It was nice but flavour wise I was getting MUCH more brownie than Tiramisu which was disappointing.

I then tried the chocolate sauce on its own and it had a slight burnt taste to it, due to it being heated up too much…but I poured it over and took a bite.

This was nice with the sauce, but still I missed the Tiramisu flavour .

On paper this sounded great, and very yumm but due to poor execution it should have been more 50/50

My Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Overall

Tonights visit was a bit of a mixed bag, I really loved my starter and my main course was nice just needed a touch more flavour.

My desert was very poor, but as you can see from the photo it is MUCH more brownie than Tiramisu…if this got fixed to 50/50 that would make a massive difference.

Overal Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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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Babs (Glasgow) Pre Launch Bloggers Event : Review

IMG_858349 West Nile Street
Glasgow
G1 2PT

V: 14 June 2017      T:  0141 248 2240    W: babs.co.uk

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


I had been hearing a lot of bloggers talk about Babs for a while, and have passed its location a few times waiting for it to open. For the past month or two I hadn’t heard anything, until my Twitter inbox went DING and I saw an invite to tonight’s event.

Think Greek, Turkish and mediterranean food all fused together and you have Babs.

Babs tag line is “Kebabs. Done right” so it would be interesting to see if the tag line is correct.

First Impressions :

This is a classic but modern Mediterranean look inside, and has been well thought out.

On entering you have a nice seating area that is all level and has a disabled toilet so this is a nice touch. You then move up some stairs to a separate seating area, which has tables or booths depending on what you prefer.

The Food…

Selection of Breads with Oil & Vinegar

I am not a big bread and oil fan, to be honest I just don’t get it but I know a lot people like doing this….I just took the bread on its own.

The bread was very nice and very light to eat.

Along with the bread we also got…

Hummus and Ajvar

Ajvar is something you don’t really find in the UK, its roasted peppers, garlic and aubergines.

This was creamy and very good, and worked very nice with the breads for me. The hummus was ok for me, not really to my taste but Hummus is always a little bland for me where ever I go.

Aranchini

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Aranchini are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried. Tonights Aranchini were stuffed with feta cheese and spinach. These were one my main favourites tonight, I could have easily had more and more of these.

Chicken Souvlaki

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This consisted of chicken thigh, grilled tomatoes, red onion puree and tzatzaki

I am not a tomato fan so pushing that aside, the whole combination was mega mega tasty. The chicken was nice and tender with a slight BBQ taste, and the rest all just made this one really tasty dish.

Skinny fries with bacon and sauce

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These were very skinny fries, but that’s how I like my fries.

The sauce that was used what ever it was was really good, and worked amazing with the fries.

Cant wait to have more of these fries mmmmmmmm

Next we were served..

Watermelon and Feta Salad

This was to cleanse our palates.

I am not a watermelon fan but I did try it, for me well so so but I am sure if you like watermelon you will enjoy this dish.

Next up was the burger, now this was going to be interesting as Bread Meats Bread is sister restaurant to Babs so if this was bad then not good.

The Burger was medium cooked, moist, no overpowering flavours and this is what surprised me it was very light. I didn’t feel very full after it even though it looked very filling, so I could have easily had another one.

Is this better than Bread Meats Bread burgers? to be honest I can’t actually say as I have still to try more burgers there so till then I will leave it as on par

To finish up…

Tiramisu

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Tiramisu is my favourite Italian dessert, the taste texture everything about it I love.

This was so so, it was nice but it didn’t do it for me. If I was to pin point something I would say maybe lacking in the normal Tiramisu flavour

Overall :

I really enjoyed tonight, the atmosphere and food were all very good and I felt very relaxed.

I had a look at the menu and I was pleasantly surprised at the prices, its about average on other restaurants of this style.

I would like to thank Babs for the invite and the lovely food, also pass a thanks also on to the staff and the chefs.

I will be going back at a later date to try more dishes, as I spotted a few on the menu tonight that I would like to try.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 4
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: N/A as was free tonight
  • Overall : 4.5
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