Let’s Eat Glasgow
Saturday was a Good Day. A Very Good Day. We set out for Let’s Eat Glasgow at SWG3 in Finnieston with relatively few expectations, we got there early, having had no breakfast and I fully expected to be home after an hour or so. Instead we ended up staying till after 5pm, filling our boots, our stomachs and our bags with all the delicious foods and drinks.
The concept was pretty simple, a whole host of Glasgow’s best restaurants (Mother India, Cail Bruich, Guys, Stravaigin, Ubiquitous Chip, Ox and Finch, Crabshakk and The Gannet) and artisan food producers putting on a pop-up restaurant festival and market. Entry was free, food vouchers set you back a modest £5 a dish and the beer was very reasonably priced. There was a tent with some music going on (including our pal Gav Prentice of Ultras who’s excellent), the sun was out and the place was bustling. I heard someone say there had been 3000 through the gate and that was just Saturday. I think we were lucky we got there just after midday because we missed the worst of the queues.
Obviously the food was top notch. We bought 6 vouchers between us and tried as many things as possible. Most of the dishes were pretty small which was ideal for sampling loads.
First up were a pair of crab cakes from Crabshakk served with some salad leaves and mayo. These were a great way to start, light, crispy on the outside and with a slight chilli kick.
We went for the venison and pork gyros from Stravaigin next, they were savoury and meaty and stuffed into delicious flatbread with tzatziki and salad. This was a big portion and properly did the job. If the job is being filling and meaty and gorgeous. Which it is.
Cail Bruich provided the next two courses including my favourite dish of the day which was Loch Duart smoked salmon with pickled cucumber, avocado and frozen horseradish. My god this was good, the frozen horseradish was ingenious, made everything so fresh it jumped off the plate. YUM.
The ox cheek cooked in hay was slightly disappointing in comparison, it came with noodles, some delicious, crispy shallot rings and a really tasty watercress sauce but I felt like the bit of meat itself wasn’t quite as soft and unctious as you’d hope from a bit of ox cheek. Still tasted seriously good though.
We had a break after all that and wandered around the market part with a couple of beers, we ended up buying loads of stuff, sausages and burgers from Clash farm pedigree saddlebacks which we had with bacon and mushroom sourdough from Little Sourdough Bakery late that night. We got venison chorizo from Great Glen Charcuterie and some hebridean sea salt fudge from the Wee Fudge Company (drool). There were also plenty of free samples and a great chance to chat to all the producers about their stuff.
After that it was beers and music in the sun until pudding o’clock. Unfortunately the queues by this point were getting massive so we didn’t manage to get anything from Ox and Finch but our dessert from The Gannet didn’t disappoint at all. We had dark chocolate delice with hazlenuts and a really lovely crispy base. It was chocolate heaven and a great way to round it all off.
I seriously hope this happens again soon, what an amazing way to showcase the fantastic food we have on offer in Glasgow, I’ll definitely be coming along again. Might buy even more vouchers next time…
10 Hallion points.