Peter's West End, Glasgow West End
Update! As of 31 December 2013, Peter's West End is closed. Watch this space for information about who is moving into the space and the adventures of Victoria & Brian (the outgoing PWE owners).
We weren't planning to go out for a meal this week, but when our freezer door was left open and all our food defrosted, we gave in and decided to go to Peter's West End on Wednesday night. It was also the three year anniversary of my husband and I meeting in Japan (we've got an anniversary for everything - good excuse for a meal out). I'd been wanting to try Peter's for a while - I chat to one of the owners via twitter as we are both lactose intolerant and we bonded over a love of Lactofree!
We'd made an early booking as we were heading in straight from work. The restaurant is small but spacious - you won't have to worry about practically sharing a table with your dining neighbour here. We went with the 5pm menu - £15.95 for 3 courses and a glass of wine. We ate:
This pakora was delicious - the right amount of crispyness, with a lovely spicy raita and really cooling flavours of sweet potato and cauliflower. This was Graeme's starter but I had food envy over this!
That's not to say my starter wasn't delicious. The soldiers had a really intense dill flavour which I loved and the gratin was beautiful - lovely and cheesy but not too much to overpower the haddock.
Graeme really enjoyed this main - the chicken was cooked brilliantly, with a nice richness to it that you can only really get in a restaurant. The sauce worked perfectly with the chicken, and it was good to have an additional flavour mixed in with the mash - kale has become a bit of a favourite with us! Good portion size as well, which is always a bonus.
This was an amazing steak and the sauce was delicious. I didn't feel like haggis so I gave most of it to Graeme (luckily, the haggis worked really well with his dish, almost as if it should have been there in the first place!). As you can see, the chips were super chunky - but still perfectly cooked. Sometimes I get nervous about ordering steak when I'm out - if it isn't exactly right, I get really disappointed (especially if you're paying a supplement for it on a set menu). This steak was cooked exactly as I'd ordered (medium rare) and was a beautiful cut of meat, I literally savoured every mouthful. Thursday night is steak night at Peter's, and on the basis of this dish we would definitely go back and give it a try.
The lovely waiter/owner Brian was lovely enough to offer his wife's Lactofree to try with the pudding, as well as serving the sauce in a jug so I could control how much I had - it's touches like this that make you remember and love a restaurant years in the future. This dish was heaven and, to be honest, we probably should have had one each instead of trying to share it!
I really loved Peter's. The food was perfection - there isn't anything I would change about any of the dishes I had. The service was super friendly and welcoming, it seems like this is a really popular restaurant with the locals as well. I think this is a great reason to depart from Byres Road and try somewhere a bit different. As I mentioned above, having food intolerances and eating out can be an absolute nightmare - normally I don't bother saying anything and will just work around the menu myself (or suffer afterwards). But if you're looking for somewhere that caters to gluten free (and they might even share the lactofree icecream with you if you ask nicely enough), then this is the place for you. We had a really lovely night here and are looking forward to returning again soon.