Carters at the Busby Ho­tel

No. 1 Magazine - - SPA REVIEW -

The newly re­fur­bished Carters res­tau­rant is a wel­comed ad­di­tion to the South­side of Glas­gow

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to res­tau­rant op­tions in Glas­gow, but one un­event­ful Sun­day evening we de­cided to head to the South­side of the city in the search of some hearty pub food. We hap­pened across the Busby Ho­tel, and af­ter hear­ing great things about Carters res­tau­rant, we de­cided to check it out. The Busby Ho­tel has ben­e­fited from a multi-mil­lion pound make-over, which has ren­dered it vir­tu­ally unrecognisable. The whole place feels new, sleek and glossy; ev­ery sur­face has been pol­ished so thor­oughly you can see your face in it. The dé­cor is a blend of con­tem­po­rary meets tra­di­tional with a Scot­tish feel; weighty leather chairs in the bar sur­round heavy oak ta­bles, whilst the res­tau­rant is bright, airy and spa­cious. The res­tau­rant was busy with a mix of fam­i­lies and cou­ples all try­ing to eke out the re­mains of the week­end. A quick chat with the wait­ress re­vealed that the ho­tel is fast be­com­ing a pop­u­lar wed­ding venue, but it is also prov­ing pop­u­lar with the lo­cals who seem to ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing such an eatery on their doorstep. In­deed, dur­ing our visit there seemed to be a num­ber of cel­e­bra­tory fam­ily din­ners on the go. We set­tled our­selves in the con­ser­va­tory area which was flooded with light from the huge win­dows; we basked in the last hour of sun­shine, tak­ing in our sur­round­ings. Af­ter hav­ing slightly over­done it with the Prosecco the pre­vi­ous evening, I was in the mood for some se­ri­ous com­fort food. The menu at Carters in­cludes tra­di­tional Ital­ian of­fer­ings as well as clas­sic op­tions such as steak pie and au­then­tic fish and chips. Af­ter a quick look at the menu, we opted for the hag­gis with a twist (hag­gis bon bons with root veg­etable crisps set on a light potato purée topped with a Whisky jus) and the squid and tem­pura prawns, which came with a teriyaki dip and sweet chilli sauce. The starters ar­rived and we made short work of them. The hag­gis bon bons were the clear

The menu at Carters in­cludes tra­dional Ital­ian of­fer­ings as well as clas­sic com­fort food too.

win­ner and a per­fect an­ti­dote to the pre­vi­ous evening’s ex­cess. The squid and prawn tem­pura was also well re­ceived across the ta­ble and the teriyaki dip com­ple­mented the seafood per­fectly. Onto the mains, we opted for the chicken fa­ji­tas and a main course ver­sion of the tem­pura. Throw­ing cau­tion to the wind we de­cided to or­der a por­tion of chilli fries too. The fa­ji­tas ar­rived stew­ing in a mix of aro­matic spices, ac­com­pa­nied by salsa, sour cream, cheese, fresh tor­tillas and crisp salad. My main course ver­sion of the tem­pura con­tained king prawns and squid and a side of hand cut chips. A quick squoosh of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing lime cut gave the tem­pura a cit­rus kick that was quite de­li­cious. Mean­while a sneaky taste of the fa­ji­tas re­vealed that the blend of flavours was just per­fect and we made quick work of them. Com­pletely sa­ti­ated, we re­alised our faux pas, we had peaked too early – our eyes were big­ger than our bel­lies and our planned fi­nal course of sticky tof­fee pud­ding and or­ange tiramisu would have to wait un­til next time.

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