When I’m asked where my favourite restaurant is in Glasgow, Stravaigin always springs to mind immediately. I wrote a post about a dinner I had there last year which was one of the most delicious, interesting and fun meals I’ve tried. I joined my friend Briony for a spot of lunch here over the summer and my feelings for Stravaigin haven’t changed!
Mushrooms & Bacon on Toast with Soft Poached Egg
I tried this wonderful brunch-esque dish for my starter. Toasted bloomer with an assortment of sautéed mushrooms in a very light garlic and herb butter. This was topped with a perfect poached egg with a lovely runny yolk.
Bread and Artichoke Dip
Artichoke and dip are becoming two words I’m extremely fond of these days. This is the healthier version of the decadent one I tried at The Hard Rock Cafe a few months ago, and it was a light and cool companion for the bread. I often wish they didn’t put this on the table before the meal because I struggle to stop eating it!
“A White Flight Around the Southern Hemisphere”
This was quite funny, as Briony is Australian. I heard her order it before I’d noticed the little card on our table advertising it, and I assumed she was ordering wine from ‘her’ hemisphere! She assures me she just wanted a trio of wine, she’s not that pedantic, and snobby about her superior hemisphere. I’m quite all right with new country wine, so I joined her on the wine flight. We had a South African Chenin Blanc, Chilean Chandonnay and a New Zealand Gewürztraminer (well that was a pleasure to spell!) to drink alongside our meal. I really enjoyed the Chenin Blanc the most with its lovely floral/apple taste. It reminded me of the first wine I ever tasted and liked.
Seafood Curry, Rice & Chapati
I am loving a seafood curry these days! I mentioned recently that I’ve sampled a few different ones across the west end of Glasgow – this one, which was on special in Stravaigin, doesn’t disappoint. Each restaurant has a different spin on the dish – each have used mussels and king prawns, then a fish of their choice and a different base for the sauce. Stravaigin’s sauce was a tart and spicy tomato with plenty coriander (my favourite herb!). The curry was served with aromatic rice and a hand made chapati to mop up the sauce. My mouth was tingling and I was stuffed from the generous portion – top marks Stravaigin!
I had to include this last photograph because it just makes me laugh! Briony made her order and then changed it, forgetting that she’d ordered mashed potato as a side. When her Nasi Goreng arrived, the table was overwhelmed with carbohydrates, and the very polite waiting staff seemed confused about the need for potato! It just made me chuckle!
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