Restaurant Review: Loks
Can this well-established Glasgow Southside restaurant tick all of the right boxes?
Looking for a family-friendly eatery, with good food, ample parking and staff patient enough to bring yet another wad of napkins when your toddler knocks over her second cup of diluting juice, isn’t easy. So when you find one that ticks all the boxes, it feels like a real win – and Loks does just that. Based in the Southside of Glasgow, Loks is a popular establishment for functions, cocktails, entertainment and of course, food. Speaking of food, before we get into the details I think it’s important to establish, right up front, that when I visited Loks I was eight and a half months pregnant – hence the sheer volume of food I consumed without even breaking a sweat. Now that’s out of the way I have no shame revealing the breakdown of our meal – what baby wants baby gets these days! As mentioned, we had our 2-year-old with us so were pleased when we were sat at a big comfy booth, she slid right in, loving the novelty factor – good start all round! The waiter brought over the menus, plus colouring in and crayons for the little one, which kept her busy long enough for us to peruse our many options. Starter options included paprika fried nachos as well as gin cured salmon and breaded camembert. However, we couldn’t see past the chicken tempura with garlic and chilli dipping sauce and the salt and pepper calamari so we placed our order and organised some fish goujons, fries and beans from the kids’ menu to be served at the same time as our starters. When the food arrived, the portions were impressive ( see pictures below) and both dishes were fresh, tender and melt in the mouth. The batter on each was also really light – there’s nothing worse than soggy, stodgy tempura. The starters were quickly finished off and I decided to try a mocktail whilst I waited for my main after the blueberry alcohol-free mojito caught my eye. Across the table the little lady was happily colouring away and tucking heartedly into her dinner with hardly a peep out of her – miraculous really! Next up came the mains. Even though there were so many delectable options like lamb or seafood with fresh tagliatelle or sirloin steak or even jerk chicken, as soon as I saw the Japanese katsu curry I decided that’s what I really fancied and just had to have. I was thrilled with my choice when it arrived – the breaded chicken breast was huge! And the sticky rice was perfect – but the best part was there was ample curry sauce – too often when you order katsu curry the sauce portion is extremely stingey, leaving you with far too much dry chicken and rice to deal with. Meanwhile, my husband had opted for roasted lamb loin, which came served with crushed garden peas and dauphinoise potatoes. And because our eyes are bigger than our bellies (which at this point, with this huge bump, is really saying something), we also ordered fries. Which we demolished – yes, all plates were completely cleared and we were asking for the dessert menu before we knew it. Since our little one had been so well-behaved, we ordered her one of the kids’ menu ice cream sundaes as a treat whilst we decided on ours. It came promptly and was huge – much bigger than we ever expected for a mere £1.50. So it was decided we would just order one dessert as inevitably our daughter would manage little more than a couple of very messy spoonfuls. So whilst hubby finished off her chocolate brownie sundae, I tucked into sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, which finished off my meal perfectly. By the time we were due to leave, I realised just how much I’d eaten and the waddle that I usually have was even more pronounced as I tried to cart my even fuller belly to the car. But having eaten so much, none of us felt horribly, uncomfortably full, we all just felt satisfied, which is always the sign of a good quality meal.
Loks Bar & Kitchen 16 Newlandsfield Road, Glasgow, G43 2XU Tel: 0141 632 5727 Web: www.loksbarandkitchen.co.uk
Loks has a cosy, welcoming atmosphere throughout.