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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Hard Rock Cafe Announces 2017 World Burger Tour

Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour is back and ready to take guests on an international adventure – no passport required! World Burger Tour, a limited-time menu of Hard Rock Local Legendary© Burgers, inspired by the taste and flavours from cafe locations in some of the 74 countries where Hard Rock is located around the world, hits tables at UK Hard Rock Cafes in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow from 1 May until 25 June 2017.

Hometown Heroes

This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with crowd favourites added to the 2017 World Burger Tour lineup. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe menus across the UK will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:

May Menu

Tennessee BBQ Burger (Memphis, Tennessee) – like a good country ballad, this 1/2 pound burger brings happy tears with BBQ dry rubbed premium beef topped with pickle slices, Memphis slaw, pulled pork, tangy Barbeque sauce, crispy onions and cheddar

Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – shake it up with spicy sausage, salsa criolla, garlic aioli, Monterey jack cheese, fresh arugula and a fried egg to top off the burger

Banh Mi Burger (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) – coated in tangy house-made Vietnamese glaze, topped with sliced cucumbers and pickled vegetables, accompanied by cilantro and green onions

Olé Burger (Barcelona, Spain) – a fury of red pepper Romesco sauce, roasted vegetables, aioli with goat cheese crumbles and arugula, dancing on a 1/2 pound burger and between a toasted bun

June Menu

Korean Kimchi Burger (Seoul, South Korea) – a tradition years in the making, a ½ pound burger topped with spicy kimchi, bulgogi sauce, fresh tomato and lettuce and spicy mayo

English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a 1/2 pound burger topped with streaky bacon, breakfast sausage, a fresh-cracked egg, Portobello mushroom and arugula

Jambalaya Burger (New Orleans, Louisiana) – this big easy burger is fixed with Cajun mayo, pickles, spicy sausage, pepper jack cheese and a jammin’ jambalaya rice cake

Colombian Plantain Burger (Cartagena, Colombia) – a South American savoury and sweet combination of caramelized onions, bacon and Monterey Jack Cheese, spiked with molasses and topped with fried plantains on a 1/2 pound burger.

Darryl Mickler, Senior Director of Research and Development for Hard Rock International said, “Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour continues to feed our guests’ desire for adventure, so this year we’ve revamped the menu to highlight unique and authentic ingredients from around the world. Guests can experience global flavors without leaving their hometown – from bold South Korea kimchi to sweet Colombia plantains, there’s something legendary for every palate.”

Local Legendary© Burgers are served with lettuce, tomato and paired with the ultimate sidekick – Hard Rock’s Savory Artisan french fries. Throughout World Burger Tour, each french fry selection is paired with a complementary signature dipping sauce. Guests can choose from Hard Rock’s classic seasoned french fries or additional new offerings, including Garlic Fries with Garlic Aioli and Spiced Curry Fries with Tandoori mayonnaise.

Just like the artists whose memorabilia lines the walls at Hard Rock locations worldwide, the burgers served at Hard Rock Cafe are nothing short of “legendary.” All Legendary© Burgers feature the highest quality meats, fresh ingredients, savory sauces and rich, melted cheeses.

As part of the World Burger Tour menu, Hard Rock Cafes will also showcase the brand’s world-famous cocktails, including:

  • Southern Rock – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and SMIRNOFF Vodka, mixed with sweet & sour topped with 7Up®
  • Hurricane – Orange, mango and pineapple juice, infused with BACARDI Superior Rum, Captain Morgan’s Dark Rum, Amaretto and Grenadine
  • Electric Blues – SMIRNOFF Vodka, BACARDI Superior Rum, Beefeater Gin, Blue Curacao and sweet & sour topped with 7Up®
  • Mojito – BACARDI Superior Rum muddled with fresh mint and lime topped with club soda
  • Lovely Rita – Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur and Hard Rock’s authentic Margarita Mix
For more information on World Burger Tour please visit www.HardRock.com.

 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Restaurant Review - Dishoom, St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh

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Last year when myself and Nicola were having dinner at Tredwell's in Covent Garden, for over two hours we had watched an almost endless queue of eager diners waiting patiently outside Indian restaurant Dishoom on Upper St Martin's Lane. I had been lucky enough to be invited to the launch evening of Dishoom in Edinburgh when it opened late last year and had managed to get a feel for the Indian cafe & restaurant but hadn't had the chance to eat there properly. So when we were given the chance to head along to the Edinburgh restaurant for breakfast, we jumped at the chance to find out what all the fuss was about.
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Dishoom is a throughback to the old Irani cafes that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay. Opened by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, these cafes were a hub of activity where everyone was welcome, numbering almost 400 cafes in the 1960's however less than 30 now remain.
When you walk through the doors of Dishoom in Edinburgh, you feel that you've been transported to a time long since forgotten with dark hardwood floors, slow turning ceiling fans, stained mirrors really helping set the mood of the post-colonial cafes.
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Dishoom is open from 8am through the week and 9am at the weekends offering hearty (and some healthy) breakfast options with an Indian twist. Breakfast is served right through to 11:45am and when we arrived at 11:30, the restaurant was almost full. I'm not sure there's many restaurants in the capital that can boast to being so popular this early in the morning.
We had already had a good look at the menu before so had a rough idea what we might be having for breakfast so when our waiter arrived to take our order, nicola quickly ordered the Bacon Naan Roll, a Dishoom twist on a national favourite.
I have to admit to being slightly jealous of Nicola's bacon roll. (don't know why as my breakfast was amazing) A freshly baked naan, hot from the tandoor oven, was stuffed with crispy Ramsay of Carluke streaky bacon, cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs. Priced at just £4.50, the bacon naan roll offers amazing value for money. Some people would say that attempting to recreate the classic bacon roll is blasphemous but Dishoom have created something that really is quite delicious.
Nicola washed her breakfast down with a pot of loose leaf English breakfast tea.
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I was sure when I looked at home that I had spotted kedgiree on the menu but I must have been dreaming as there was no sign of the classic smoked haddock and rice dish, but that didn't matter because once I read the description of the Keema Per Eedu, my breakfast was sorted.
Described as a Parsi power breakfast, my dish consisted of spicy chicken mince cooked with chicken livers and topped with two runny eggs and a scattering of sali crisp chips (super thin French fries) and served with two buttered pau buns. Wow! What a fantastic way to start the day. I love chicken livers and really enjoyed this rich hearty breakfast which was packed full of spice. The runny egg yolks helped create a beautiful rich and spicy sauce for me to dip my steamed pau buns.
If my palate hadn't had enough spice from the keema per eedu, my accompanying Bloody Mary made sure. The Dishoom Bloody Mary was the hottest that I've tasted with cracked black pepper adding addition heat to the fiery vodka and tomato cocktail.
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We had a busy day ahead with a visit to the National Museum of Scotland ahead of us plus a few stops along the way to top up on booze so the filling breakfast at Dishoom was a great way to start the day and make sure to keep us going throughout the afternoon. So with fresh, made to order food and great value for money, I would have no hesitation in recommending Dishoom in Edinburgh as an alternative to the traditional breakfast. Of course, if breakfast isn't your thing, head along after dark for cool drinks and even cooler music at The Permit Room, one of Edinburgh's top cocktail joints, hidden beneath the Dishoom Kitchen in St Andrew's Square.
Having enjoyed breakfast, we need to find a time to get back and try out the delights from the All Day Menu.
We dined as guests of Dishoom however my review above is an honest account of our experience on the day. We would like to thank the staff and management at Dishoom Edinburgh for their hospitality and generosity and wish them every success for the future.
Keep up to date with news and offers from Dishoom Edinburgh on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland Confirms Next Event

Following a very successful inaugural event as part of Celtic Connections at SWG3 in Glasgow in January 2017, the National Whisky Festival of Scotland are delighted to bring the festival to Auld Reekie this Summer.
Taking over Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on 22nd July 2017, the festival will continue to expertly blend the whisky industry with the best in live music.
  • Over 40 exhibitors presenting the best of the national drink and drams from around the world
  • Full programme of informative, entertaining talks on whisky history, production and culture
  • Masterclasses (charged separately) - private, tutored tastings of your favourite brands and expressions
  • Fantastic programme of live music curated by Synergy Concerts (line up TBA soon)
  • Local restaurants will be present, providing excellent fare to compliment the whisky
  • Off-sales of a large range of featured brands from the official retailer Whiski Rooms

Spearheaded by the team behind renowned concert promoters Synergy Concerts and critically acclaimed venue The Hug & Pint, the festival will continue to be an exciting, groundbreaking celebration of all things uisge-beatha.

Tickets are on sale now at nationalwhiskyfestival.scot

Bike Fyne: Motorcycle Safety Event At Loch Fyne Oysters, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BL

Loch Fyne Oysters is hosting the third Bike Fyne motorcycle safety event on Sunday May 7 between 10am and 4pm. Ducati Glasgow will be headlining the event, which aims to reduce the number of accidents involving motorcyclists on the A83 by educating bikers through complimentary training sessions and demonstrations provided by representatives from the motorcycle industry.

Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in free emergency care training sessions, offered by BikerDown, and can learn to improve riding confidence and road skills through a variety of demonstrations.

The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) will also be providing observed rides on a number of routes throughout stunning Argyllshire scenery. Additionally, the British Horse Society, Scotservs, MARTYS and Scottish Air Ambulance will also be in attendance.

Martyn Paterson, Divisional Director & Deputy Managing Director at Loch Fyne Oysters said: “As a prominent business within Argyll we are keen to raise awareness of the road safety issues surrounding the A83. We are delighted to be holding our third Bike Fyne event and look forward to building on last year’s success and welcoming bikers from across the UK to Loch Fyne.”

Ducati Glasgow added, "We heard about the success of the previous Bike Fyne events therefore wanted to get involved. We want Scotland’s bikers to have fun while riding safely, so this event is a great opportunity for anyone to increase their knowledge regarding motorcycle safety; what can be done to reduce accidents and what to do should an accident occur. There are a lot of passionate motorcycle enthusiasts in Scotland, everyone knows one and we would urge you all, biker or a friend of, to attend for a great day out."

Further information can be obtained from www.lochfyne.com/events, info@lochfyne.com or 01499 600 471.

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Scotland’s ‘Curry King’ adds Restaurant of Year to Awards’ Menu

Three years after its Director was named Scotland’s Curry King, Itihaas restaurant in Dalkeith has been voted the country’s top curry restaurant.

The family-owned and run 80 seat restaurant in the Midlothian town’ took the title at the 10th Scottish Curry Awards held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on 24 April.

The organisers said more than 20,000 diners voted in the awards, more than two-thirds of them in the prestigious Restaurant of the Year category.

Launched in 2007, Itihaas’ previous awards have included Scotland’s best Bangladeshi and South Asian restaurant. It has also been shortlisted in the Scottish Restaurant of the Year Awards.

In 2014 its Director Matin Khan was voted Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year. Matin moved to the UK from his native Bangladesh at the age of 14 and opened his first restaurant when only 19.

“It is a remarkable success for our team to have been selected as the best curry restaurant in Scotland,” he commented. “We pride ourselves on the authenticity of our Indian and Bangladeshi dishes and take great care in the selection of ingredients, including the herbs and spices.

“It is also a reflection of our consistently high standard of service. We try to match the excellence of our food and drink with close attention to the requirements of each and every customer. We are grateful to all those customers who voted for us.”

Matin Khan was also shortlisted as Chef of the Year for both Itihaas and its sister restaurant Radhuni in nearby Loanhead.

The award was collected by his sons Majibur (left) and Habibur, and restaurant manager Mohammad Abbas (centre).

Monday, 24 April 2017

Oak Aged Makar Top of The Barrel at International Spirits Challenge

Oak Aged Makar Gin Awarded Silver Medal at International Spirits Challenge.

It was a silver success for Glasgow Distillery Company at the highly respected International Spirits Challenge with Cask Aged Oak Gin receiving the highest award level for any cask-aged gin. Released as a limited edition in December last year, the newest Makar variant achieved a silver award in the gin category.

Now in its 22nd Year, The International Spirits Challenge is one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world, founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, where an experienced panel undertake a scrupulous blind assessment in each category.
With a flavour like no other, Makar is small batch distilled seven times to develop its distinctive, juniper-led smoothness in a copper pot still called Annie. After a year of experimentation, Makar Oak Aged was developed in European virgin Oak casks and the result is a gin that balances the subtle flavours of the oak whilst retaining its distinctive juniper-led nose.
This year’s competition saw 1,300 entries from 70 countries worldwide and is regarded by many of the world's leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.
Speaking of the award, Mike Hayward, co-founder of Glasgow Distillery Company explains: “Innovation and experimentation are at the forefront of our distilling. When we created the cask aged variants, our vision was to create a product that retains the identity of our much-loved Makar gin, but with a flavour twist that our customers can enjoy. To achieve a silver award for our limited edition Oak Aged is very rewarding and highlights the booming trend for fresh gins.”
For more information on the Glasgow Distillery please visit www.glasgowdistillery.com

 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Brand New Eat and Drink Festival Joins Ideal Home Show Scotland

Brand new Eat and Drink Festival joins Ideal Home Show Scotland under the same roof

Celebrating the best the country has to offer in the world of food and drink, Eat and Drink Festival comes to the SEC Glasgow for the first time on 26-29 May 2016, co-locating with the Ideal Home Show Scotland.

From the team behind Scotland’s leading homes event, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, the new foodie festival brings together a feast for the senses, with artisan producers, chefs and food vendors on hand to showcase the latest flavours and food trends.

A treat for the taste buds, Eat and Drink Festival has something for everyone, from those who might already be a dab hand in the kitchen to the budding chefs, ready to learn the basics.

Rob Nathan, Group Marketing Director at Media 10 said: “From artisan food and wine tasting, to live cooking demos from the country’s top chefs, the new Eat and Drink Festival will highlight the best of Scottish food and drink.

“The new format gives visitors the very best of both homes and all things food related, meaning visitors get two shows for the price of one – all under one roof.”

The show’s fresh ingredients include highlights such as:

  • The Chef's Table, serving a specially created menu made up of favourites from the show’s street vendors
  • The Foodie Lab, featuring live demonstrations from top chefs, foodie favourites and experts
  • The Great Eat, a selection of the world’s best flavours, selected by the country’s celebrated street food visionaries
  • Artisan Producers Market, showcasing the freshest selection of handmade food and drink products for shopping and sampling
  • To quench your thirst, The Drinks Station, offers creative cocktails, distinctive wines, beers and spirits, paired with the valuable knowledge and insight of Scotland’s top mixologists

The perfect spot for eating, drinking, shopping and picking up some tricks of the trade, Eat and Drink Festival is sure to make a great day out for Scotland's foodie fans.

Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the 24 Hour Ticket Box Office on 0844 858 9071.

For further information about the show, visit the website https://www.eatanddrinkfestival.com/

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Opening Hours:

Friday 26 May 10am - 6pm

Saturday 27 May 10am - 6pm

Sunday 28 May 10am - 6pm

Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 10am - 5pm

Grab yourself a bargain and get two show tickets for just £16 by ordering online here and using the Promo code: IHSSBLOG

*T&C’s: Book before 25th May 2017. Advance booking offer only. 2 Adult tickets for the price of 1 (on the door rate of £16). Concessions not included. No booking fee. Children aged 15 and under go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (Maximum 2). Ideal Home Magazine included in this offer.

 

Ideal Home Scotland Celebrates Major Milestone with Slice of Food & Drink Heaven

Ideal Home Scotland celebrates major milestone with slice of food and drink heaven

The Ideal Home Show Scotland makes a welcome return to Glasgow on 26-29 May and is set to bring something a little bit different to whet the appetites of home show visitors at the SEC.

Scotland’s leading homes event celebrates a major milestone this year with its 70th Anniversary and promises to be bigger and better than ever before with the addition of a pioneering food and drink festival.

The Eat & Drink festival; a live experience featuring the country’s top artisan producers, will offer a buzzing hub of leading street food vendors showcasing flavours from all over the world and masterclasses from top class chefs as well as the drink industry’s celebrated mixologists.

Rob Nathan, Group Marketing Director at Media 10 said: “The new format gives visitors the very best of both homes and all things food related, meaning visitors get two shows for the price of one.

“From interiors to home improvements to garden inspiration, artisan food and wine tasting, high tech gadgets, fashion, beauty and entertainment plus fantastic shopping opportunities- it’s all under the one roof at the award winning Ideal Home Show Scotland”.

“Of course, the Ideal Home Show Scotland wouldn’t be complete without one of its inspirational full-sized Show Homes for visitors to discover the very latest trends in homes and interior design.”

Making a welcome return, The Ideal Super Theatre is the ultimate place to hear how the experts do it with talks and demonstrations on topics from interior styling to decoration tips visitors will be inspired to take on those DIY challenges or bigger renovation projects.

With up to 400 exhibitors and eight show sectors, inspirational room sets, stunning show gardens, and top experts speakers the award winning show will be bursting with creativeness and offering a unique shopping experience.

All this and so much more make it the Ideal destination for a fantastic day out for all the family so join us at the SEC Glasgow from 26 -29 May 2017.

Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the 24 Hour Ticket Box Office on 0844 854 2014 or by visiting www.idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk. For further information about the show, visit the website www.idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk.

Standard advanced ticket bookings through the official Ticketing Agent, and FREE copy of Ideal Home Magazine* (worth £3.90). One copy per household whilst stocks last, terms and conditions apply see website for details.

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Opening Hours:

Friday 26 May 10am - 6pm

Saturday 27 May 10am - 6pm

Sunday 28 May 10am - 6pm

Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 10am - 5pm

Grab yourself a bargain and get two show tickets for just £16 by ordering online here and using the Promo code: IHSSBLOG

*T&C’s: Book before 25th May 2017. Advance booking offer only. 2 Adult tickets for the price of 1 (on the door rate of £16). Concessions not included. No booking fee. Children aged 15 and under go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (Maximum 2). Ideal Home Magazine included in this offer.

 

Restaurant Review - Number 10 Hotel, Queens Drive, Glasgow

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A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to visit Number 10 Hotel in the south side of Glasgow and try out their new restaurant menu. I'll be honest and say that before that initial email, I hadn't heard of the boutique hotel which is based in the Queen's Park suburb of Glasgow. Located just ten minutes from the city centre, Number 10 Hotel is perfectly positioned for anyone looking for some rest & relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of Scotland's largest city but still close enough that they sample the big city lights if they want to enjoy a night out.
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Having arrived a little early for our booking, we took a seat at the bar and enjoyed a much needed drink after a long day at work before taking our seat in the adjoining restaurant. Our booking was for 6pm and at the time we thought that we might be the only ones dining that night but it didn't take long before the restaurant started to fill with a mix of hotel residents and local walk-ins too. In fact, by the time we finished, there was only a couple of tables in the restaurant that weren't occupied.
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Number 10 Hotel work hard to use the best ingredients and fresh produce for all of their menus, sourcing from award-winning Campbell's Prime Meats, the fruit and vegetables coming fresh from Elliot's, and all their fish coming from Bernard Corrigan.
The menu reads like a lot of typical pub grub menus and I'll be honest and say that if I wasn't there to review the food, Number 10 Hotel probably wouldn't be somewhere that we would normally go for dinner. That said, there was enough choice available for us each to easily select two courses.
For my own starter, I ordered the chilli & coriander tempura chicken with sweet chilli and soy dipping sauces. The tender strips of chicken were coated in a light and crispy tempura batter, accompanied by dollops of chilli sauce that packed a great amount of heat but lacked any detectable coriander flavour but I didn't mind as it was a great partner for the crispy chicken strips. The only let down for me was the recently decanted sweet chilli and soy sauce dips that were served on the side. I would have been happy with more dollops of the fiery chilli sauce.
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As is the way, as soon as Nicola spotted scallops on the menu, she had an easy decision. I have to say that when her trio of pan seared scallops with Stornoway Black Pudding and pea purée arrived, I was slightly jealous. The scallops were cooked well with nice caramelisation across the top and bottom and were resting on discs of crumbly black pudding. In an unusual twist, the chef had kept the scallop roe attached giving the dish a proper taste of the sea. I know that the roe isn't to everyone's taste but Nicola enjoyed the combination of flavours along with sweetness of the well seasoned pea purée. Overall' this was a nice balance of texture and flavour.
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Both of the starters had given us an idea of what the chef was capable of and by this point, we were both looking forward to our main course.
I had given serious thought to ordering the Number 10 House Burger but in the end I opted for the rump of lamb with red wine jus, cauliflower purée, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms and peas. I had a picture of Sunday roast in my head but what arrived couldn't have been further from my thoughts.
The lamb rump was presented on a bed of cauliflower puree, and surrounded by a medley of fresh garden peas, various varieties of mushrooms, sautéed potatoes with the red wine jus drizzled over and around. For me, this was a confusing plate of food. There were elements that I really liked but also a couple of things that didn't tick my boxes. The lamb was seasoned well and cooked to a perfect pink finish and working well with the sweetness of the peas. The sautéed potatoes were nice but could have been taken just a little further in the pan to a crispier finish which would have added a little texture to the overall dish. I'm not the biggest fan of mushrooms and can't recall having had them with lamb in the past - It might be down to personal taste but they just didn't work for me. The red wine jus was rich and full of flavour and done a great job of pulling the dish together however as it had been poured all around the dish, it completely overpowered the cauliflower purée. I would have preferred the jus to be served on the side for me to pour as I need. It's a shame as the lamb, peas and potatoes were all very good and I'm sure with a few tweaks, this dish isn't far from perfect.
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I had expected Nicola to order the fish and chips but she had her eye on the Number 10 traditional steak pie with roasted root vegetables and creamy mash potatoes which was a huge serving and one that even Desperate Dan would have been happy with.
I'm not going to get into the debate about when is a pie a pie because I know the purists will immediately shout out "that's not a pie" but when you're cooking for numbers, it is a lot easier to serve up the steak pie filling with a separate puff pastry top - which is what we had at Number 10 Hotel. That's how I do it at home and I don't have a problem with restaurants doing it either!
The steak pie filling was fantastic. Packed with tender melt in the mouth beef, the steak pie filling was well seasoned in a rich meaty gravy and the puff pastry crust on top was light and flaky. The roasted carrots, parsnips, courgettes and swede were all cooked well however the mashed potato was sadly lacking in seasoning or butter so wasn't as creamy as Nicola would have liked.
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Both of our main courses were generous in size and we really didn't have room for pudding but our waitress talked us into sharing the hot chocolate fondant with milk chocolate sauce and pistachio ice cream..... and I'm glad that she did.
The fondant was cooked to order allowing us fifteen minutes to relax after dinner and finish our wine. When the fondant did arrive at the table, we were both looking forward to it. Hats off to the chef on the perfectly cooked chocolate fondant which was soft and spongy on the outside but gooey and molten in the middle. If this wasn't too chocolate-y, the fondant was surrounded my a creamy milk chocolate sauce, the accompanying pistachio ice cream done a great job of cutting through the rich sweet pudding. The pudding also accompanied by a piece of homemade shortbread that was light and crumbly but didn't really go with the indulgent fondant.
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By the end of dinner we were both stuffed. The portion sizes were huge and having checked out the food served to the other diners, it looks like hearty servings is something that Number 10 Hotel specialise in and based on the fresh local produce used in the kitchen, the prices on the menu offer really good value for money. Ok, so there might have been a few little things that could have been done better but these weren't enough to spoil our enjoyment on the night. We never had the chance to see much more of the hotel but I do intend to get back for a better look in the coming weeks.
We dined as guests of the hotel but the review above is an honest account of our evening. Any negative comments were fed back to the management on the night.
We would like to thank the staff and management of Number 10 Hotel for their hospitality and generosity and wish them all the best for the future.
So if you're looking for somewhere to eat in Glasgow's south side, I can recommend Number 10 Hotel for great value for money hearty cooking. Check out the website for their latest offers.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Fabulous Lunch at Cucina from just £18!

Dine at the award-winning Cucina and discover the rich, comforting flavours of Italy effortlessly married with the finest seasonal Scottish produce created by renowned Executive Chef Mattia Camorani.

Matched with an exciting and extensive selection of wines and service that’s second to none, Cucina translates G&V’s inimitable style and attitude into an exceptional dining experience.

Available daily 12 Noon – 3pm. View menu & book online https://www.quorvuscollection.com/en/gandv-hotel-edinburgh/dining

Cucina, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

0131 240 1666

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Ibérica Launches Spring Menu

Ibérica in Spinningfields has introduced a selection of new seasonal dishes to its menu for spring.
As the sun starts to make an appearance in Manchester, Ibérica, which sources top quality products from Spain, has added a number of lighter dishes and some additional seasonal tapas to sit alongside its long-time classics, such as their Ibérico Hams, Croquetas de Jamón or Traditional Paellas.
New vegetarian dishes added to the spring menu include: Baby Carrot Tempura, Crispy Cauliflower and Pak Choi and a Strawberry and Beetroot Salad.
Chicken Wings with Canarian Mojo Sauce, Chickpea Puree and Ensaladilla Rusa are some further highlights from the new selection of tapas. The much celebrated Twice Cooked Lamb makes a welcome return, alongside 28 days dry aged Ribeye Steak to please all meat lovers.
Every dish is cooked to order with care by the team at Ibérica to provide every guest with an authentic Spanish experience, all designed to cater for everyone’s taste and everyone’s pocket. The new menu launches 10th of April.
Ibérica Spinningfields is the perfect place to share tapas and a drink with friends, enjoy a light bite, or to sit at the bar and indulge in an unrivalled wine list, that include over 50 wines – some not available anywhere else in the UK - G&Ts or original sangrías.
In addition, from April onwards, children under the age of 10 will be able to eat for free every Sunday.
Ibérica will also continue to offer their weekdays lunch menus, the homemade daily Stew and one tapa for £10.95 per person, grilled meat or fish for £10.95 or three tapas for £15.
Aside from a la carte menu, they also offer a snack menu available by the bar to nibble on Spanish small bites (starting from a £1) while you drink, and a pre-theatre menu for early birds dining 5pm – 6.30pm that includes three tapas and a dessert for £22.