Last week I was in a room with 9 other people while blindfolded. Now, don’t confuse this with Dating In The Dark… we were at Living Room Glasgow for the ultimate challenge, the battle of the Food Bloggers. Who could guess the most amount of flavours & ingredients in a bid to win a Trophy and be crowned THE best.
We all sat down in the dining area where we were met with a 4 page booklet full of questions about each dish & cocktail we were about to sample from their new menu. As soon as I read the questions, I instantly muttered “Oh Crap!”. It’s hard to figure out the flavours of a dish while you can see it, let alone while blindfolded!.
We had to figure out the answers to questions such as “What spices were used in the Moroccan Lamb?”, “What is in the Burger?”, “What type of fish are you eating?” & “What type of alcohol is in this Cocktail?”. No easy task that’s for sure!
I’ve been in Living Room Glasgow a few times for drinks & it’s one of my favourite city centre locations for Cocktails but I have to admit, I’ve never tried the food before so this event was a perfect introduction.
The food did not disappoint at all! I tried various dishes that generally, I would never normally order such as Black Forest Smoked Ham & Fig, Butternut Squash, Dolcelatté, Walnut and Honey Tart, Grilled Sea Bass in a Thai Broth and Duck Breast with Szechuan Pepper and Plum Chutney. But, from the spoonful portions of the dishes we tasted, I was very impressed! I didn’t dislike a thing… even the Sea Bass & that’s coming from someone who stays clear of fish the majority of the time.
My favourite dishes of the evening were hands down the Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Apricots, Dates and Almonds, served with Giant Cous Cous, Pork & Chorizo Burger with a Smoked Paprika Aioli on a Brioche Bun with Chips, Homemade Glamorgan Sausages with Sage & Onion Soubise with Braised Lentils & Mash and last but certainly not least; the Coconut & Passionfruit Crème Brûlée.
My least favourite things I tried were the Cheeses & Butters. I’m not a huge fan of either so when I bite into Stilton while Blindfolded, I instantly spat it out. I’m sure if you were a lover of cheese, like many of my dining companions were, you would have loved it. Instead, I passed my remaining Cheese & Crackers out to everyone else as well as the Cocktails as I was driving.
This was a really fun event & it opens your eyes up to food in a completely different light. I swear some of the Vegetarian Dishes I tried were full of meat… tricking my taste buds! Sadly, I didn’t win the battle, Jen & Briony both came joint 1st scoring 20/40 which was impressive!
One thing that was evident was how dedicated Graham, the Living Room Glasgow General Manager was. You could tell he took pride in his job & that came across in how dedicated he & his staff were. They added to the atmosphere to make it by far, one of the greatest events I’ve ever been to!
I’ll be back at Living Room Glasgow soon for Food & Cocktails, this time sans Blindfold! The Pork & Chorizo Burger and a Mojito has my name written all over it!
A huge thank you has to go out to Graham & also to Alfred for taking photos while we were all blindfolded!
The Living Room
150 Saint Vincent Street
Glasgow G2 5NE
Tel: 0141 229 0607