Sunday, 11 February 2018

Glasgow Living Part 27 - My new Glasgow Top Spots


I send my apologies for my sadly neglected blog over the last couple of months.  What I’d expected to be an easy ride into my wedding day, turns out to have been anything but that.  Sometimes, things have to give and in this case it’s been the blog, whilst we’ve handled reorganising an entire wedding in 6 weeks, family bereavement and having a whole host of unexpected stuff thrown at us.

We’re hopefully on the other side of it all now and my plan post honeymoon is to start showing my little piece of the internet some love again.  The time away has made me reflect though – my blog started 5 years ago to showcase recipes and things I made.  It’s moved on significantly as a place to cover travel and adventure, eating out and reviews and has made me think about what’s coming next.

I’ve found myself today with the luxury of time – something that for weeks has been in short supply, because there’s always been something more pressing to do.  So with an hour to myself, wedmin up to date and complete, I have the headspace to write.

Nothing wild today, but I’m showcasing my latest top 5… some new openings and old favourites around Glasgow, that I felt were deserving of a mention.

So here we are, a Glasgow food blogger's 5 newest favourites in the city. 

The One For Brunch

Hutchesons Bar and Brasserie – if you haven’t been – is a cracking brunch with the girls spot.  You’ll find it on Ingram Street, down in Merchant City.  They do a bubbles brunch for 2 for £50, or if half a bottle of Prosecco is a bit much on a Sunday morning, order a glass each and pick something off the menu. I had my old favourite – bacon, French toast and syrup.  It’s a go to!

hutchesons brunch glasgow

The One for Mediterranean

Recently opened on St Vincent Street, Mezzidakia is a small plate, Mediterranean dining heaven. A similar theme to its sister Indian street food cafĂ© along the road, the focus is on sharing food, breads and dips and a whole host of interesting dishes. 

mezzidakia glasgow

 The One for Lunch

NEWlands… the clue is in the name, its where all the NEW places are popping up.  Fylkir of Copenhagen opened last year and already has a cult following of southsiders popping in for Danish sandwiches and great coffee (also available to take away).  Prepare yourself – the place is tiny and in a slightly odd location – you won’t fall over it, but it’s worth going to find it.  Be prepared to queue for a table, but I assure you it’s worth it. 

fylkir of copenhagen glasgow lunch

The Great 5pm Find

I’ve been an avid user of since moving to Glasgow 3 years ago.  Creature of habit though – I’ve started using it to book regular favourites, rather than trying out new places, until this week.  A colleague was retiring and we needed somewhere that was classy, but not too expensive and able to feed us all.  I took a punt on the Urban Bar and Brasserie, offering 2 courses for £12 on the market menu and we were all delighted by the service, quality of food and cracking city centre location on St Vincent Place.   I even ordered the vegetarian main as it excited me that much!

urban bar brasserie Glasgow

The New Malaysian Favourite

Julie’s.  Oh Julie’s Kopitiam.  You are simply fantastic. I’m telling everyone how wonderful you are, how you’re always packed, you serve the most interesting slushies and you actively encourage groups of 4 people to order the entire menu, which comes up with the goods.

Hailing from a small street food stall in Buchanan Galleries and now a fully fledged restaurant in the Southside - £60 feeds 4 people, an entire menu of food and we left with our bellies full and our faces smiling. Take note – they don’t do bookings, but will take your mobile number and text when there’s a table ready.  Plenty of nearby pubs though, for a quick pre dinner wine.  

julies kopitiam shawlands

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