Friday, 7 July 2017

Glasgow Living Part 22 - Dinner at Monty's Finnieston

Readers, I had a great start to my week of annual leave visiting new restaurant opening in Finnieston.  Many of you will remember Monty’s as the old Montgomery’s Café – a neighbourhood jaunt favoured by locals.  Under new management, Monty’s is now fully refurbed and looking fantastic.  It’s gone from neighbourhood café, to trend bistro with a fantastic menu, great chefs and really refined dishes.
Monty's Finnieston

We were lucky enough to be asked along to try out dinner at the newly refurbished venue and I’ll start by saying that this is one to watch in the area.  I think it could gain a great reputation very quickly.  The challenge will be getting the locals back in to see it in a new light.

Dinner started with an amuse bouche which was much appreciated whilst we waited on our starters coming.  I took a bit of time to check out the new décor – it’s got a real industrial feel with exposed brickwork, copper lighting and big wooden tables and booths.  There’s also a small bar through the archway and in the evenings, after food service, you can come in, grab a table and enjoy drinks.

Amuse Bouche, Monty's Finnieston

Our starters swiftly arrived – I went for the courgette and cheddar fritters, whilst Mr WhatClaireDid went traditional with Scottish smoked salmon, capers and bread. Both were delicious, a decent size and hoovered up!   
starters monty's finnieston

starters monty's finnieston

The choice of mains was fantastic – ranging between £12 and £18 (roughly!) for a main course.  I had checked out the menu online and had my heart set on the venison loin which didn’t disappoint.  Delicious, rich, cooked pink and served with creamed savoy cabbage and bacon, with butternut squash.  The portion was just right – it was an incredibly rich dish, so I didn’t feel the need for more.  Mr WhatClaireDid went for the chicken and risotto, which was equally beautifully presented and filling.  
venson main monty's glasgow

Not one to turn down dessert, I went for the cranachan – but a modern take on a cranachan – served as a parfait, with raspberry sorbet, homemade toasted granola and fresh raspberries.  Mr WhatClaireDid struggled his way through ice cream, after saying he couldn’t manage dessert, then stared longingly at mine!!!!
dessert monty's glasgow

We were really impressed by Monty’s.  The menu is fairly Scottish, with decent sized portions presented stylishly in a great modern settting. If you are popping by, don’t forget to check out the huge world map on the ceiling – a relic from the old café.

You’ll find Monty’s on Radnor Street in Finnieston. They also offer a brunch menu and are open right through to late evening.  Why not visit their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Disclaimer:  I was asked to come for dinner for two in exchange for a review.  Any opinions expressed are my own. 

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