Carters at the Busby Hotel
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.