While my best friend was visiting, we went to Glasgow for the day. After all, you haven’t seen the important parts of Scotland if you haven’t seen Glasgow and Edinburgh, right?
We visited all the usual touristy haunts: George Square, GoMA, the Wellington Statue, Buchanan Street and Glasgow Cathedral. We even went shopping at Buchanan Galleries where I ended up spending a bit of money in Forever 21 for some much needed jeans and a replacement faux leather jacket. The two that I wore often now sport unseemly shoulder and wrists the kitties managed to scratch to bits. I pretty much got a whole new outfit (with lovely black glitter flats from New Look.
The most important part of our trip was for me to introduce my best friend to the delightful, tastebud tingling places to eat for great prices. We managed to visit a few great eateries that I would recommend anyone to give a go if you’re in the area!
142A St Vincent St, G2 5LQ
0141 248 9771
7:30-6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday
I wasn’t sure what to expect, I’ve heard that it was a great place to eat but a friend of mine advised that it’s not that filling. We figured that we had a few more places to eat after lunch so it would’ve been fine. It’s a nice and welcoming basement shop, although the large window means that it’s not as dark as the location suggests.
The cold salads are in the chilled section beside the smoothies (the ingredients are displayed in plastic cups so you know exactly what’s in your smoothie). The staff are also very efficient: while I was asking about supplementary meat choices for my salad, someone else was already blitzing my smoothie for me. Healthy and fast food indeed!
The Noodle Crunch salad with red dragon pork (14 hour slow roast Scotch pork with sesame, chilli, ginger and spring onion) and a Summer Berries Power Smoothie
Chicken Quinoa salad
Martha’s is open for breakfast and lunch and I must say the salad was a good sized portion for us. For the gents, I believe the hot meal options would probably be a good portion size for your mid-day meal – you have the option of a main box with rice and a side of their speciality coleslaw, or a wrap.
The Butterfly and the Pig Tea Rooms
151 Bath Street, G2 4SQ
0141 243 2459
8:30am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm Sunday
I was eager to bring my friend here after my last visit for the blogger event with Hillarys Crafternoon some months back. The cake was too delicious not to recommend to the world…oh and the chance to try all their varieties of course!
The cake and tea menus
If you prefer something more savory and filling, they also have a lunch menu
Both of us decided to go for the chocolate and hazelnut cake with Everyday Brew tea from Tea Pigs. As always, the cakes taste amazing and melt in your mouth, but they can be quite filling. Make sure if you’re booked for afternoon tea that you don’t eat too much for lunch before you go!
7 George Square, G2 1DY
0141 404 2690
12:00 noon daily and closing 10:00pm Monday to Wednesday, 10:30pm Thursday, till 11pm Friday and Saturday, till 9pm Sunday
I may be biased towards Jamie’s because I’m such a big fan of the Edinburgh restaurant. I really wanted my friend to taste the wonderful freshness of his dishes so with another friend of mine, we reserved a table for dinner.
We decided to have a bit of a girls’ night and got Rossini, Raspberry Mule and Jamie’s Cup No. 1
As a Gold Club member, we got the Rossini free as this month’s special offer as well as the crab arancini taster (Fried balls of crab risotto with a pickled fennel, bean & mint salad & yuzu lime & yoghurt dressing).
We weren’t too famished so decided to go straight to the main course. We wanted to save our tummies for dessert if we had any room left!
Gnocchi Genovese (Potato gnocchi with green beans, crushed purple potatoes, basil pesto, toasted pine nuts, Bella Lodi & ricotta)
Prawn linguine (pasta with fried garlicky prawns, fennel, tomatoes, chilli, saffron, fish broth & lemony rocket)
Tagliatelle Bolognese (Gennaro’s original pork & beef Bolognese recipe, slow-cooked & served with herby breadcrumbs & Parmesan)
All the pasta dishes were amazing, I don’t ever seem to get tired of their dishes! Kudos to the Glasgow branch as well for making the most perfect al dente pasta!
Have you got any favourite Glasgae eateries you’d like to recommend?