Restau­rant Re­view: Loks

Can this well-es­tab­lished Glas­gow South­side restau­rant tick all of the right boxes?

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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.

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