Shimla Pinks I have avoided up until this evening on the basis that I always felt it looked shabby from the outside plus being brought up in a generation where if you wore a pink shirt you would immediately be deemed to be “light on your loafers” it just seemed better to avoid than take the plunge.
Well I didn’t wear a pink shirt for the occasion but I can say it wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought it might be in fact I rather enjoyed the Shimla experience!
Early signs were good with an efficient telephone booking made with a very charming lady and a warm welcome when my self and Frau Blucher arrived. I did wonder on arrival why the front door was pinned back open but all was revealed when we were informed that the central heating was jammed on at full pelter!!
We opted for the pre theatre @ £7.95 for 2 courses which they run 7 days a week.
We chose pakora / chicken chat for starters followed by a lamb bhoona and a lamb with mint for main courses. Everything arrived piping hot and for the money I couldn’t fault the fayre.
The interior is modern if a tad tacky (knocking shop pink and black) but its clean and well laid out with lots of space between tables. The music is traditional Indian which I have to say I really do like however the service!!!……….well they have this to a T it’s how it should be done, genuinely friendly, efficient, unobtrusive and we will return!
Shimla for me scores a 7 and I think this could be more when I try the a la carte next time around.
Stumbled upon Sunnyside hidden away just off the A719 that leads to Galston from the M77 (follow the Galston cut off). What can I say but its the best cup of tea / coffee in the West of Scotland by a mile ……as for the home baking and soup?………..I could take up gardening seriously. (all the eggs used in the home baking etc are produced by free range hens that you can meet in person when you visit!)
I had the nicest toasted cheese and Ayrshire bacon toastie that I can remember and was almost reluctant to tell you the location it was so good!
This really is is a hidden gem just 20 mins drive from the Kingston Bridge and they actually GROW the plants they sell on site. If you want to avoid the B&Q’s, buy the best in plants and………… enjoy some home made fayre then get the sat nav on and head for Sunnyside Moscow!
Great place to meet or take your “wee mammy” to for a treat and meet genuinely nice people that know all about plants!………….
For a special meal I booked Scott’s based on previous experiences within the same group of restaurants and bars and a previous visit to Scott’s of Largs.
I wanted everything to be as good could as it could be as it was a belated Christmas get together with Maw & Paw.
We booked lunch and if ever a team put together a service under pressure of numbers this was it……….everyone of the staff were full on but not one was flapping!
Food was nothing short of perfect and on a special day for my parents all expectations were met and exceeded.
Scott’s……….today you get the cigar, well done and thank you to all the team there.
Scores a deserved 9
This is probably the best Indian Restaurant in Glasgow by a mile at this moment in time………an ever changing tapas style menu that is an absolute delight no matter how many times you go. The service is slick but definitely not pushy or intrusive and the fayre itself is sublime and amazing value for money.
Are there downsides? Yes, there are two to be precise, one you can’t book and two they allow children in. Can you minimise these problems yes you can…eat earlier than the prescribed busy times and secondly parents should take their children to the Art Gallery and Museum and tell them its Major League hide and seek and Mum and Dad are hiding first……..all be it in Mother Indias Cafe! They will be very tired and glad to see you when you return and chips and lashings of ginger beer should suffice to keep them happy on the way home.
A word of warning don’t confuse Mother India with Mother India’s Cafe.
Scores a fabulous 9
New Turkish establishment in what use to be some sort of bar that never took off and predictably a former bank. I wonder how many banks in the West of Scotland are now licensed premises of one or a kind?….a shed load!
Restaurant lacks a real Turkish feel with the residue of the last venture still to be seen, needless to say with big high ceilings and typical city centre banking features in abundance its not easy.
We were immediately brought a complimentary bread pillow which was served with olives and dips and that was a nice touch, probably the highlight of the night.The rest of the food wasnt perfect with one dish not properly warm and the potatoes still hard however the problem was dealt with immediately and a complete new dish prepared in double quick time. I had the donner kebab (nothing like the compressed lamb flavoured sawdust served up at 90% of take aways) which was unbelivably tasty however a tad salty. All in all I would say try it, the staff are very trying hard to please, its reasonably priced for the “toon” and I think this could be a place where you could definately find at least 6 fav dishes in time. We were offered a complimentary drink before we left……nice people and I would give Anatolia a 6.
Probably the best restaurant of its type in Ayrshire and a far cry from the abysmal excuse for a country pub restaurant it had been for many years. The Blair inside and out has had a stylish makeover…not just the magic paint brush, the real deal, tasteful, practical and THE wow factor when it comes to making people feel welcome and relaxed.
The level of service is extremely high, the staff are young but don’t be fooled its old heads on young shoulders and, they are a credit to the management team that trained them.
I can’t fault the food and the menu certainly looked like it caters for most tastes.
Can’t wait to go back and it’s the only 10 I’ve scored so far!
Another relatively new restaurant where a tapas style menu combined with a la carte is put to good effect. The level of service is high and the quality of food is extremely good, however it’s not an old fashioned Italian style restaurant if that what your looking for, it’s hip and caters across the board with flair. Scores a 7.
Update; just come back from Toni’s this evening and it gets better…it was at full kilter tonight and everything couldn’t have been better, the Maitre d’ is so on the case its a delight to watch. Opted for the “Presto” pre theatre and I couldnt fault it. Probably the best value for money in its class in Glasgow’s West End. New score of 8.0.
I rate this place highly…they have had the same chef for 10 plus years, it’s clean; the food is excellent with great service from relaxed guys, no stupid gimmicks or kilts. Scores an 8.
Don’t get to Scotland’s second city much but I had been press ganged into a 3 day break in “Auld Reekie” by the She Devil to find that its still full of enthusiastic tourists being thoroughly fleeced by torn faced Edinburgh shop and bar keepers.
I had to make a trip to the Loon Fung at Stockbridge to celebrate all that’s old fashioned and good about Chinese food and I wasn’t disappointed especially by my all time fav starter steamed spare ribs in black bean sauce. Not a lot of eating in them but lots of sooking and an after taste you will never forget for the rest of your life. Scores a great 8!
That I have to say was the highlight of the stay apart from walking about the city taking great pleasure in pointing half of Japan to countless tourist attractions whilst locals made an art form of ignoring them. I’m not saying I’m in any way cynical about tourism in Edinburgh but when you get Pakistani’s selling kilts on The Royal mile I think its time to take stock.
Well the old adage that there is more fun at a Glasgow stabbing than there is at an Edinburgh wedding still holds water and I’m now thankfully, suitably ensconced back in the West none the worse for my ordeal.
Civilised watering hole (one of very few in Kilmarnock) with bar food of a very high quality.
Its owner operated and although not palatial everything else gives it a gold star in its class. Very popular with locals and travellers and this venue goes from strength to strength. Oh! and they do high teas complete with a wee scone or cake for those with a wee Mammy or Daddy that still raves about a “HIGH TEA”! Scores a 6.5.