Review: Loop and Scoop

I love ice cream, I mean I REALLY LOVE ICE CREAM – it’s something I inherited from my Dad – but would another quality ice cream vendor really find a place alongside the Nardini’s of the world? Short answer is yes! The longer answer is a bit hot and cold… View this post on Instagram #loopandscoop A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 11, 2017 at 7:36am PST To open a gelato and churros based venture in October, in Glasgow, does sound a bit bonkers, I mean even during the best of our summers we don’t get more than a few weeks of ‘ice cream sunshine’. But as October rolled around, so it was that Loop and Scoop …

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Review: Potluck Glasgow

The joys of social media mean that Potluck has been on my radar for a while now so when I made brunch plans with a friend this place was top of the list (yes, there is an actual list), and did not disappoint. View this post on Instagram At last! Plum Hotstack at Pot Luck. So light and fluffy!! A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 5, 2017 at 3:02am PST Venturing south of the river is always an experience, I know the area reasonably well – my Gran lived in Rutherglen and I spent virtually every weekend of my childhood travelling through to visit – and it’s been great to see the growth of quality establishments in …

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Six by Nico: Forest

The sixth menu at Six by Nico would surely have to be an affair to remember, right? Well I’ll admit I was a little underwhelmed by the menu this time around but, having been pleasantly delighted in the past, I still had a little tremor of excitement as we sat in Kelvingrove Cafe prior to the meal. View this post on Instagram Six by Nico: Forest. Not a bad course among them, but doesn’t quite pip The Chippie as my favourite menu (so far) A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Oct 19, 2017 at 2:59pm PDT The menu for our sixth visit (from the website): CELERIAC PANNACOTTA – Forager Salad / Red Cabbage Gazpacho SMOKED PHEASANT TERRINE – …

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Six by Nico: Illusion

The fifth menu has arrived and so once again my intrepid friends and I ventured to Finnieston entirely unsure of what we were about to be offered. Typically the menus that are published don’t really offer that much of a hint of what is in store beyond listing some of the core ingredients, and given the theme of this menu I’ve hardly bothered to do more than glance at what we will be eating. View this post on Instagram Another wonderous evening of taste by @sixbynico A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Aug 31, 2017 at 11:45pm PDT That menu then: ‘CHICKEN’ – Lemon Thyme, Szechuan Pepper ‘PORK FILLET’ – Baba Ganoush, Pomegranate, Yoghurt, Sea Vegetables ‘TOMATO’ – …

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Six by Nico: Route 66

I’ll admit the temptation to start this review with some Americanisms (yeeehaw!) was strong, as this time around, Nico is taking us on a journey along a (fictitious) Route 66, the iconic American highway. But no, I’ll refrain as I think it’s best to let the food do the talking and whilst it may have been inspired by our American brothers, it’s safe to say that as usual, Six by Nico offers up some interesting twists on some well known dishes. View this post on Instagram Six by Nico : Route 66 A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Jul 20, 2017 at 3:10pm PDT On to the menu and I should point out that the one that was …

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Review: Brunching at CTR

View this post on Instagram Brunch at CTR (dessert and funky art included) A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Jun 19, 2017 at 5:03am PDT I’ve eaten at Crossing The Rubicon (CTR) a couple of times now but was delighted to be invited to go for brunch last weekend with a bunch of other awesome people who also like eating brunch (bit of an oxymoron that, only truly awesome people like brunch. Fact.) After meandering along Great Western Road – CTR is a short stumble from Kelvinbridge underground – I was, despite a caffeine pitstop at Papercup, pretty thirsty so a watermelon and fresh lime mocktail was very welcome and very refreshing. I grabbed a seat and, alongwith …

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Six by Nico: Picnic

Our third visit to Six by Nico and this time around the theme was Picnic with a menu that featured sandwiches, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, and strawberries and cream. Ahhhh but fool me twice … by now we know not to expect anything as mundane as an actual sandwich to appear! View this post on Instagram Another great meal at @sixbynico A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Jun 16, 2017 at 1:30am PDT The menu then: PICNIC BASKET – Smoked Mackerel Pate / Sourdough / House Soda SCOTCH EGG – Falafel / Piccalilli / Watercress PICNIC BLANKET – Yellowfin Tuna / Tofu / Rose Harissa Yogurt / Herb Crumble SANDWICH PLATTER – Duck & Cherry / Ham & …

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Six by Nico: Childhood

Six weeks have past, and it’s time for a new menu at Six by Nico! They announced this menu the same night we visited last time, and after such a stellar start I was keen to get back but a little nervous in case it wasn’t quite up to the same standard. Mind you, it’s tricky to judge a restaurant when they’ve changed their menu, although I’m still not sure if I was being overly critical or more lenient given that the entire premise of Six by Nico is to do just that, regularly change their menu. This is their idea, but would it measure up to our previous visit? While the menu hints at what was to come, on …

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Six by Nico: The Chippie

TL;DR – my tweet from last night: I'm not sure I have the superlatives to describe that meal from @SixbyNico. Suffice to say we've already booked for the next menu! — G 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🤪 (@Gordon) April 11, 2017 Despite the fact the ‘parent’ restaurant (111 by Nico) was a 2 minute walk from my last flat, I only ate there once but it was a fantastic meal. So when I heard about this new venture, and started reading the reviews, I was desperate to try it out. The premise is simple enough, as explained on their website: A NEW RESTAURANT EVERY SIX WEEKS Six by Nico will be home to a series of carefully curated and constantly evolving restaurant concepts. Each …

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Fast Food

OK, confession time. I have a go to, super quick meal that I eat about once a month. It’s not the healthiest, but it’s not bad for you*, and it can be ready in a few mins (depending on how long your kettle takes to boil). Gosh, I feel quite nervous about this, this is one of my darkest held secrets, and I’m about to share it with the world. Please try not to judge me, or at the very least, don’t be nasty about it. Right, here it goes. Tuna, Smash, and baked beans (with butter/salt to taste). It’s perfect if I’ve had a long shitty day and I can’t even be bothered flinging something in the oven, but …

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