Restau­rant Re­view

No.1 en­joyed a Satur­day night feast in the heart of Glas­gow’s city cen­tre

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Find­ing a restau­rant with the per­fect mix­ture of at­mos­phere and in­ti­macy dur­ing the hus­tle bus­tle of a Satur­day evening in Glas­gow’s city cen­tre can be task­ing. Metropoli­tan is a rare find that of­fers the per­fect blend of din­ner and drinks in an up­scale set­ting. As we en­tered the lively throes of Metropoli­tan at around 8pm, we were es­corted through the down­stairs area (where a DJ is res­i­dent un­til late on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings), and swiftly up a wind­ing stair­case that led us to a real hid­den gem. Up­stairs was a beau­ti­ful pi­ano bar where peo­ple were en­joy­ing some of the de­li­cious cock­tails Metropoli­tan is fa­mous for. We were then lead out­side onto a busy bal­cony, which over­looks the 19th cen­tury court­yard. With fairy­lights twin­kling over the en­tire ceil­ing, it’s like get­ting to eat al fresco, with­out the threat of Scot­tish win­ter weather. As we en­joyed an aper­i­tif, we were pleased to dis­cover an ex­ten­sive range of both meat and fish dishes on the menu. Af­ter much de­lib­er­at­ing, we opted to start with the pan-fried scal­lops and the chicken, ba­con and Stornoway black pud­ding ter­rine. We also had our eye on the sweet potato risotto with mas­car­pone, but were wary of feel­ing too full af­ter the first course when the main se­lec­tions were so tan­ta­lis­ing. The scal­lops ar­rived and were served with sauce vierge (a French sauce made from chopped tomato, basil, olive oil and lemon juice) and a bal­samic glaze. The scal­lops were suc­cu­lent, juicy and cooked to per­fec­tion. The ter­rine was ac­com­pa­nied by cros­tini and sweet tomato chut­ney, which was a nice touch to a sim­ple, yet de­li­cious, dish. For the main event, we went for the sir­loin steak with the surf and turf gar­nish of king prawns in gar­lic but­ter, and the veni­son Welling­ton. The steak came with all the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­com­pa­ni­ments – flat cap mush­room, plum vine toma­toes, rocket and parme­san salad and thick cut rooster chips. The dish was tasty and the por­tion was huge. Mean­while the veni­son Welling­ton re­ally was some­thing else. The meat was melt in the mouth and was wrapped in just the right amount of pas­try. The dish was served with roasted new pota­toes, green beans and a help­ing of red wine jus. All night we were adamant we would try the cheese­cake of the day or the lemon pos­set for dessert, but by the time it came to or­der­ing, we were com­pletely full. If the pre­vi­ous cour­ses were any­thing to go by, we missed out big time. We fin­ished the evening by soak­ing up the at­mos­phere of the pi­anist and live singer. The per­fect Satur­day evening!

Over­look­ing the court­yard is like eat­ing al fresco with­out the threat of Scot­tish win­ter weather

Metropoli­tan, Mer­chant Square, Can­d­leriggs, Glas­gow, G1 1LE. tel: 0141 553 1488 web: metropoli­tan-bar.com

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