Ever since I first visited Glasgow Central Station’s underground restaurant Alston Bar & Beef, I’ve been a firm fan, going back time and again. I like to think of Alston as Glasgow’s best kept secret which you enter via a secret passage door – blink and you’ll miss it. I cannot keep raving about the food to everyone around me and if someone asks for any restaurant recommendations in Glasgow, I make sure Alston is at the top of the list. If you want to check out my previous review, just click here.
This time around, I climbed down the Timorous Beasties staircase to sample their new Wednesday Steak & Lobster deal. For Â£40 for two, you can order a 250g dry aged rump steak, 1/2 North Atlantic lobster or a North Atlantic lobster roll each. The deal also includes a large portion of chips, lashings of garlic butter and a bottle of house wine to share. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Wednesday. What’s even better is that the deal starts at 12 until closing which means if you want a rather decadent lunch, you can!
It was hard to choose which two we wanted between us, especially since all three sounded great. We had never tried a lobster roll before so welcomed the fact that we were offered all three to sample. This was an experiment that I was glad to deal with… all in the name of science of course.
Before our main course arrived, we ordered some starters. For my mom, Chicken liver pate with toast & red onion chutney. I opted for lemon & coriander crab cakes with lemon mayo & mixed leaves. Both delicious and beautifully presented… but we’re really here to learn more about Steak & Lobster Wednesday, aren’t we?
The restaurant uses a Montague oven which reaches extremely high temperatures and when cooking steaks, it allows the meat to be tender and juicy inside while being perfectly charred on the outside. The end result on my recent visit? A perfectly cooked medium rare rib-eye steak that I would gladly eat every day of the week if I could.
Alongside the steak, our massive platter had a mountain of chips. Yes, a mountain, that’s the only word to describe the amount before my very eyes. Not that I’m complaining. There was also a little boat of garlic & sage butter, ideal for dipping your chips into and drizzling onto your steak if you so wished. Naturally, I did. Who can resist a good garlic butter?
On the other platter, a half lobster and a rather appetising lobster roll with another boat of garlic & sage butter. The lobster was cooked perfectly, soft light succulent meat with some lemon squeezed on top- glorious. The only downfall for me? I wish there was more. As we were sharing, there wasn’t much lobster meat to go around, especially as it was so light. A whole lobster would have been perfect.
It was my first time trying a lobster roll. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first but after my initial bite, I was sold. A lightly garlic toasted brioche roll filled with a creamy mayonnaise mixture of meat from half a lobster. It was extremely light and seemed more like an afternoon snack than a fully-blown meal for dinner, for me personally. It was delicious though, even more so when dipped into the garlic butter boat. My initial scepticism was unwarranted. My mom however wasn’t a fan of the lobster roll. She’s a firm lobster fan and loved the creamy mayonnaise mixture but disliked the brioche roll. She’s just pernickety.
The Steak & Lobster deal comes with a bottle of house red, rose or white wine, however, as I’ve stopped drinking alcohol, I opted for a few mocktails that were whipped up for me based on my favourite fruit juice- grapefruit. My mom rarely drinks alcohol but on this occasion, she ordered a small glass of white wine along with a soft drink.
After a short break, we ordered a couple of desserts. Crumbed pear which is by far the best dessert Alston do. It is a masterpiece of whole poached pear with shortbread crumb and creme anglaise. A more refined version of a crumble and damn it’s good.
We also ordered the dark chocolate mousse with a warm salted caramel sauce and pistachio biscotti. It was seeing the word pistachio that made me order this. I’m a sucker for anything pistachio, as some of you will know. Addicted is an understatement. This was a rather rich decadent dessert and I would have preferred having the salted caramel sauce on the side to drizzle over instead of it being on top of the mousse. That’s my own preferred choice.
Overall, dinner was superb. I love Alston Bar & Beef and if you’ve never been before, you really should. It is honestly really hard to ever criticise the food that comes out of their kitchen. The new Steak & Lobster deal is amazing value for the great quality food you are presented with.
Disclaimer: I was invited by Alston Bar & Beef as a guest in return for a review of the new Steak & Lobster Wednesday deal. Whilst my meal was complimentary, I was under no obligation to write a positive review and my comments reflect my true experience on that evening.
Alston Bar & Beef
79 Gordon Street
Glasgow, G1 3SQ
Tel: 0141 221 7627
- Food - 10/1010/10
- Service - 10/1010/10
- Value - 10/1010/10