Review: Pickled Ginger
512 St Vincent Street, Glasgow West End G3 8XZ
I've reviewed Pickled Ginger twice – initially I gave it 4 stars on 8 July 2015, and then paid it a second visit on 5 May 2016. So here's both reviews:
I seriously love sushi, and when I spotted the neon lights of Pickled Ginger, I knew this was somewhere I had to try. It's a little off the Finnieston strip, closer to the city centre and used to be an Italian restaurant. You can easily park out the front or in the side streets if you're driving.
Inside, it's a kind of small space with perhaps 20 seats. It's nicely decorated and has a very fresh feel - it's only been open about a month. I was meeting a friend for lunch (the lovely Val M, hey Val!) and had a look over the menu while I waited. I like the cute diagrams on the menu to show you the right way to eat sushi and the menu is easy to read and compact - there's bento boxes, mains, sushi and sashimi.
I decided to get the dragon rolls (£7.50 for 4), miso soup (£3) and wakame salad (£4). Food arrived quickly and generally, I was really happy with it. The dragon rolls were perfect, wrapped in salmon and tuna and incredibly fresh. I also liked the salad but thought it was a very small portion for the price. The miso soup was a little too watery for my liking.
The bill was around £30 for two people for lunch (one soft drink) and so I thought that was a little steep (it's even pricer than somewhere like Nanakusa). I did really like it here and I would definitely go back to try it again as I was impressed by the food.
5 May 2016:
Time for an update and time for an upgrade - it's 5 stars from me. I popped in for a late lunch and definitely over-ordered - I did not need sashimi as well as chicken yaki udon. I blame Rocco G as I'd read his review and couldn't resist getting the yaki udon after he said it was the best Japanese dish he'd ever had. I was very impressed and yep, it's a massive portion so don't order anything else if you're having it!
For me though, the highlight was the salmon sashimi. This was some of the best sashimi I can remember having - so soft and delicious, beautifully presented and generously cut slices. I will dream about this sashimi for days. Thankfully I'm going to Japan at the end of the month.