My favourite meals of 2016
Continuing the 2016 recap theme, I thought it'd be nice to look back over the year and share some of my favourite meals. I've only included Glasgow eats on this list but I might also do a travel edition with some other meals from around Scotland, Ireland, Croatia and Japan. So here goes with a few of my favs this year:
67 Cambridge Street, Glasgow G3 6QX
This place is an old favourite of mine and I pretty much always order the same thing when I visit. Braised eggplant with minced pork in oyster sauce isn't going to appeal to everyone. It comes in a bubbling pot and has a really strong flavour from the oyster sauce but I love it and dream about it on a regular basis.
Note: Banana Leaf have just opened a second restaurant on Byres Road, where Two Figs used to be. I haven't had a chance to visit yet but have been hearing great things already!
Brew Box Coffee Company
The Tardis on Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1SS
I love a cheese toastie (#CheeseToastieFest) and LOVE this amazing toastie from Brew Box. Laura manages to whip up the most delicious food in the Tardis on Wilson Street and whenever I visit, I just can't go past ordering the Flamin' New Yorker – two kinds of cheese, pastrami and sriracha. If you're a cheese toastie fan, you've gotta try this one.
Cafe Strange Brew
1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 3YG
I've eaten a lot of delicious meals at Cafe Strange Brew. The croque monsieur is a total winner – this one had chorizo on it and you can get an optional fried egg on top if you like. I skipped that as I was taking away, and even 20 minutes later this was still absolute heaven to eat.
179 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4BP
This new city centre hotel is the perfect place for a romantic rendezvous. We were running short on time so just had mains – I had the special fish of the day, sea bass with jersey royals, spinach and hollandaise. The sea bass was amazing - the skin was cooked so perfectly that it was really rich and crispy while the flesh was still soft and succulent. The accompaniments were all lovely but the real side-highlight was the dauphinoise potatoes. Utter cheesy perfection. I can't wait to pay Dakota another visit.
23 Sandyford Place, Glasgow
McPhabbs got a new look at the start of the year and a brand new menu. The menu is all-killer, no-filler; everything I've tried has been amazing. My favourite dish is the soft shell crab burger with avocado and kimchi. The crab is perfectly crispy and it's just such a lovely combination of flavours that I've had it about 5 times now. The perfect side to share are the carne asada fries with shredded beef, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado and cheese. Yum!
274 High Street, Glasgow G4 0UT
These pancakes... woah. One perfectly cooked pancake topped with fresh fruit and blueberry sugar – the perfect pick-me-up. I cannot recommend these highly enough. And of course, they have amazing coffee to match.
I hope you liked my little round up! So, now tell me – what's your fav meal of 2016?