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