Time to say goodbye to Bonnie Scotland and we intend to finish with flourish. For us that means drinking as much as possible in Glasgow, while remaining a beer or two behind a hangover. Tough job!
Feeling lazy the first night after a grueling travel day, we patronized the closest restaurant to this night’s downtown pub crawl.
Jamie Oliver’s Italian. I know, I know…The ambiance was horrendous–cookie cutter chain gang with artificial smiles. But my pasta was made well, even if overpriced. Noshes were alright: fried gnocchi and polenta. The polenta was too dry, but the fried gnocchi were playful and tasty.
I liked this BL instantly as well. It could stand its own in a Petaling Jaya mall. The presentation of chopsticks on the peanut set the stage for a super last supper.
We ordered three things. Portions were suitable for the price. Fried fish head, with fried mee hoon, curry leaf, and cilantro. The presence of this dish and a fish head curry on the menu made me happy. We also ordered kankung belacan, a mainstay Malaysian veggie dish, and the house laksa.
The laksa was really satisfying. It was somewhere in between Sarawak and Singapore laksa–creamier and richer than Sarawak but more of an earthy vibe with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and other warming herbs in the spice profile. This was not not made with a paste. The entire meal was a delight, as were the friendly staff from places we have fond memories of in Malaysia.
Aussie-style geek coffee is slowly making an impact in Glasgow. We hit up three of the top coffee spots: Artisan Roast (partnered with the Edinburgh hot spot), Paper Cup, and Avenue G. The photo above is of Avenue G’s flat white. It was my favorite place of the three overall. The coffees at Paper Cup were a bit disappointing. I tried the Aeropress of the day, an Ethiopian bean, and found it thin and bland. Josh’s piccolo was too milky. A milky piccolo? Artisan Roast’s piccolo was quite the opposite–intense–and delish.
Finally I just want to say Happy New Year, l’shanah tovah to all my tribe members out there. Had a magic discovery at the Bon Accord: the Jewish Whisky Company based right here in Glasgow and cellaring some fine, fine single malts like this one:
We sampled three Jewish Whisky Company bottlings, and all were super. The Dalmore was the richest and tasted like apples and honey, and honeycake. Great way to ring in 5774.