Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Lifestyle: The Gannet

I'm so pleased I was asked to write a review for citizenMag because who knows, I might have not discovered the Gannet. 
citizenMag is an online magazine part of citizenM hotels and is full of really useful reviews of restaurants and bars in and around Amsterdam, Glasgow, London, Paris, New York and Rotterdam which are the cities Citizen M has hotels. As well as restaurant and bar reviews it also lets you know about exciting upcoming events.

I was sent over a list of places in Glasgow to choose from and I was swaying towards the Gannet as the menu looked the nicest out of them all. Little did I know I was about to eat in one of best places in Glasgow. 

I decided to invite my partner in crime along as we were in need of a catch up and Claire is a big fan of fine dining so I knew she would be the best person to bring along to help with the review. I text her the night before to make arrangements and when she asked where we were going. I replied back to "say not sure yet but thinking The Gannet. You heard of it?" Claire came right back to say she had dying to visit the Gannet for ages so that was that settled, The Gannet it was.
We visited on a Sunday afternoon and they had a set three course menu on which included a glass of champagne. Claire was driving so went for one of the non alcoholic cocktails which they allowed her to substitute for the champagne. I paid the £1.50 supplement so I could enjoy the Kir Royale.  The waitress came over to tell us the specials and I was so impressed how she could just rhyme it all off as she described it in a lot of detail. However, I was slightly unimpressed with the size of my Kir Royale and wish they had been a little more generous as this was gone in a few sips.
The set menu had a great choice but I'll be honest, I had no idea what a few of the items where so I'm glad Claire was there to explain as the menu was a lot fancier than I'm used to. 

For the starter I had the green herb pasta parcels, sandwort, ragstone, foragers salad. Claire opted for a starter from the specials menu which was the black pudding scotch egg. Both arrived very well presented and when I cut into mine the sauce from the middle of the pasta parcel oozed out and the taste was delicious. The scotch egg had been slow cooked so yolk retained its smooth texture and Claire also said it was delicious. Basically, it was like food porn. 

On to the main course and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I choose the Scotch beef diamond fillet and ox tail, wild mushrooms, pickled onion, watercress puree, bone marrow and beef dripping confit Mayan gold potatoes and short rib sauce (quite a mouthful eh?) Claire went for the Borders lamb, confit belly, courgette wrapped shoulder, braised fennel and puree, potato puree and cumin sauce. We both agreed that the portions were a just the right size and everything on the plate complemented one another. Again, it was absolutely delicious. 
 For dessert we both went for the same dish, the salted caramel fondant tonka bean ice cream, as it just sounded amazing. I got a lovely surprise when I dug into the middle of the little sponge as the inside was filled with the salted caramel sauce. The tonka bean ice cream, at the side was just as tasty. 
The entire meal from start to finish tasted absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend anyone that lives in Glasgow or visiting Glasgow to visit the Gannet. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. 

If you want to discover more amazing places to eat, head over to citizenMag and check their reviews. 

*The cost of our meal was covered in return for this review but all these view are our own.  

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