Just before The Commonwealth Games, Ross & I headed to Blythswood Square for lunch. I’ve been to the stunning hotel quite a few times for drinks and events, but had never dined in before. If you have never heard of Blythswood Square before, it is an award winning 5 Star Luxurious Hotel & Spa situated in Central Glasgow with over 100 rooms, individual suites and a luxury penthouse. The Restaurant & Bar itself caters for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner along with Afternoon Tea and my favourite, Blythswood Bubble Afternoon Tea giving you unlimited Moët & Chandon Champagne. Yes Please!
On this occasion, we were sampling the Three Course Market Menu which is £22 per person. The menu regularly changes and gives you a variety of fish, vegetarian and meat dishes to make any palette happy. Just by reading the menu, you get an indication at how high end and well thought out the entire menu is, not just the Market Menu.
Upon entering the rather empty restaurant, we were given the Market Menu and our drink order taken. The hardpart was trying to choose what we wanted to eat, we couldn’t both order the same for photographic and review purposes, naturally! In the end, I decided to order the Prawn Cocktail with Avocado which had a £5 supplement charge. Ross ordered the White Onion & Fennel Velouté with Herb Oil. For mains, it had to be the beef for me but not just any ol’ beef. I ordered the Seared Shoulder of Beef with Mushroom, Pea & Bacon Cassoulet, Mashed Potato & Red Wine Jus. Ross decided upon the Roast Loin of Pork with Homemade Yorkshire Puddings, Vegetable Panache and Roast Potatoes which again had a supplement charge of £3.
When my Prawn Cocktail arrived, it looked too good to eat, but of course I did! The menu stated that it was made up of baby prawns so when I was met with a rather lovely large plump prawn on the edge of the glass, I was pleasantly surprised. The prawns were fresh, cooked well and the Seafood Sauce was the right mixture of spicy and tangy. The ratio of prawns:lettuce was good which meant I wasn’t overpowered with lettuce, it was just the right amount for the glass. When making my way down the glass, I was met with an avocado cream which was coating the lettuce and bottom of the glass. It was refreshing and a lovely addition to the dish. No chunks of avocado which I’m rather glad at as it’s not my favourite texture in the world. The Parmesan crisps were another welcome addition, crispy and cheesy, helping to gather up the sauces. Beautiful introduction to Blythswood and a refreshing change to your standard Prawn Cocktail.
The White Onion & Fennel Velouté with Herb Oil was creamy and slightly sweet. The aniseed flavour from the fennel and the herb oil didn’t overpower the velouté and instead complimented it. There isn’t really much to say about the velouté, it was smooth, flavourful, well presented and most importantly, tasted good. If we did have one criticism it is that it cools down very quickly but there isn’t much the kitchen can do about that.
After a rather long break, it was time for our mains. By this point, the restaurant was filling up which meant the staff were a little more distracted and rushed off their feet but as this was a lazy Sunday afternoon, we were fine with our wait. I was ravenous and my eyes lit up when I spotted our food en route to the table. Again, faultless presentation for both dishes.
The Seared Shoulder of Beef was very well cooked; medium rare if you wanted to know. I was initially expecting slices of beef à la Roast Beef so just like my starter, I was pleasantly surprised when I was met with three rather chunky slices of beef. Beautifully soft, melt in your mouth, trimmed of fat and extremely flavoursome. The Cassoulet of Mushroom, Pea & Bacon was a great addition to the beef, mushrooms being my favourite vegetable (or fungus if you really want to be technical!). The bacon (lardons) gave the dish a salty element to offset the sweetness of the rather rich red wine jus. The dish was perfected with wonderfully creamy and buttery Mashed Potatoes. Midway through my main, I popped to the bathroom and while I was gone, the waitress noticed I was away and popped my plate under the hot plate to keep warm. I thought that was a very thoughtful touch because there is nothing worse than cold food in a restaurant. Big thumbs up for that!
Not being a huge fan of Pork, I didn’t really try Ross’ main of Roast Loin of Pork. Again, it was cooked very well, very soft and easy to cut with the knife. I hate when you cut into meat only to find it as tough of leather. Doesn’t do your teeth any good. Luckily, we didn’t experience that problem! The Vegetable Panache with a mix of Mushrooms, Green Beans, Spring Onions (or Leeks) if I’m not mistaken. Talking of well cooked, the Yorkshire Pudding was light, crispy, golden brown and delicious. If only it was slightly bigger or you were given a double helping! To compliment the dish, Roast Potatoes were served. Just like the Yorkshire Pudding, they were light, crispy on the outside but fluffy and well cooked inside with a wonderful golden brown colouring. I did steal one because they were that good, sorry Ross!
I was fit to burst after our mains but you cannot NOT have dessert, right? Instead of ordering two separate desserts, we decided to be reasonable and share one; the Iced Honeycomb Parfait. I adored this dessert. The parfait was absolutely delicious, creamy, well set and included little honeycomb pieces. I started regretting sharing now. The Strawberries were sweetened and complimented the parfait but I was a little let down by the Madelines. They tasted good but perhaps didn’t work too well on the plate with everything combined. The chunk of Honeycomb on top of the parfait was left til the end and our teeth battled through crunching it. It wasn’t as soft as a Crunchie Bar Honeycomb and was a slight battle to devour but one in which we conquered.
Overall, the entire meal was a success. It was delicious and great value for money (£18.50 for two courses if you can’t face three). I’m rather shocked that I didn’t go to the Hotel previously for a meal and now I have been, it certainly won’t be my last visit. The staff were very friendly and even though towards the end they were rushed off their feet, they were superb. The Restaurant is well designed and I cannot wait to go back again, this time for dinner!
Have you ever been to Blythswood Square? Have you eaten in the Restaurant? If so, what would you recommend to others? If you haven’t been and you’re in Glasgow, what are you waiting for?
Disclaimer: I was invited by Blythswood Square as a guest in return for a review. Whilst my meal was complimentary, we paid for drinks and left a considerable tip. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and my comments reflect my true experience that afternoon.
- Food - 9/109/10
- Service - 8/108/10
- Value - 10/1010/10