Enjoy, Glasgow

The husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a little quiet lunch out before the Christmas festivities begin. As we go through to Edinburgh and Fife and stay at relatives we rarely get a moment to ourselves so it’s nice to take it while we can. Not that I don’t appreciate spending time with loved ones.

We had been to Enjoy for dinner once before and it’s been on my list to go back to. The food is my kind of food with lots of Mediterranean influences. The menu is very seasonal and changes regularly. I love this as I feel I could go here once a week and always have something different. The menu is also nice and short and guests can either eat from the al a carte or a set menu. We opted for the set menu of two courses at a bargain price of £12.95. The main menu is very reasonably priced too considering the size of the portions and the quality of food. The kitchen is quite open, looking on to the restaurant, and you can tell everything is made fresh to order.

The restaurant itself has a great look and feel. Large windows, high ceilings and exposed brick give it a really cool vibe like being in downtown Manhattan.

On to the food. I opted for a double whammy of fish with the confit of salmon to start. It was served with lemon, candied beetroot, and watercress. This was amazing. Firstly, look how good it look? All food should look this good. The flavours worked so well together and it was a pleasure to eat, I really didn’t want it to end. The salmon was cooked to perfection, I’ve had confit of salmon before and often it can feel as though it is undercooked, however this was perfectly cooked but still moist. Also, check out the size of the portion. Very generous considering the price.

CB went for the Stornaway black pudding, poached duck egg and chorizo crumb. To say he was happy with this dish is an understatement, it’s probably all his favourite things on one plate. Here you can see the Spanish influences as it reminded me of a dish called Migas popular in the south, which made up of fried breadcrumbs. Again the flavours worked really well together and it was clean plates all round.

I couldn’t resist going for fish again and settled on grilled hake with a lobster bisque and samphire. Wow! That lobster bisque. You can tell by the colour it was really rich and flavoursome with an almost caramel taste from frying off the lobster shells.

CB had beef shin crepinete with carrot puree, heritage carrots and kale for his main. A crepinete is similar to a sausage and so the beef shin was served with a ball in a skin. It was delicious, so tender and just fell apart. The accompaniments all worked really well and there was some parsnip purée on there too.

Overall we were so impressed with our second visit here and we definitely won’t be leaving it as long to go back. Not only was the food incredible but our waiter, possibly the owner, was so friendly and helpful. A really great restaurant that I would encourage everyone to try.