Food, Restaurants

The Gannet, Glasgow

May 7, 2015

CB had been a away for a few days and so on his return we decided to take a little impromptu visit to The Gannet for lunch to catch up.

The Gannet has been on my list to try for some time and after seeing the buzz on Twitter about it being awarded a second AA rosette it immediately came to the front of my mind. It is also one of only 3 restaurants in Glasgow to have been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Situated on the famous Finnieston Strip, a street home to some of the best restaurants and bars in Glasgow, The Gannet has a really relaxed, homely surrounding. Decked out with exposed brick and warm wood I felt like it projected the image of just a cool place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon. Definitely not overly stuffy or pretentious, which is really refreshing considering the extremely high quality food you are about to tuck into!

We went for lunch during the week and opted for the small plates menu as opposed to the al a carte menu as there were a few on there we fancied trying. Tables need to either pick one menu or the other and all done from the same one. The recommend 2-3 plates to share per person and you can order additional plates if you want. As we were quite hungry, and there was lots we wanted to try we went for 3 each.

Stornoway black pudding scotch egg
Probably the most simple dish we had, this was the dish that I knew would get CB here, it’s a bit of a gannet speciality and I regularly see pictures of this floating about diners’ Twitter pages. The egg was beautifully cooked and the texture of the yolk reminded me of a confit egg yolk. Of course the black pudding tasted incredible and the breadcrumbs were so crispy. A great, simple dish.

Pan fried cod, fennel and rapeseed dressing
A very generous size of flaky cod with a lovely crispy skin. The charred fennel added a lively sweetness and the rapeseed dressing brought all the flavours together.

Foie gras and chicken liver parfait, homemade white pudding and a parsnip crisp
The flavour in this parfait was incredible, it was so rich and the texture was so smooth, completely delicious. I would never call myself a fan of white pudding, but this homemade version was delicious, a slight sweet taste, the flavour really complemented the savouriness of the parfait.

Hebridean squid, ransoms (wild garlic) and hand dived scallop
The scallop in this was huge! I actually saved half as my last bite with some of that delicious wild garlic sauce. Both the scallop and the squid were beautifully cooked and the wild garlic added a lovely flavour.

Crisp potato, pea puree, heritage carrots, broad beans, wild greens
A real seasonal plate of beautiful vegetables. We were both really impressed with this dish and I think it was one of my favourites. The potato fondants were lovely and crispy on the outside and soft and creamy in the middle. All the vegetables were beautifully cooked and who doesn’t love a dish with some foam!

Scotch beef, celeriac puree, shallots, lentils
Again I was really impressed with the size of the portion. The beef was beautifully cooked, so flavourful and lovely and tender. The braised lentils had flavours of smoky pancetta and the crispy shallots pulled everything together.

Now, perhaps a little naughty but we decided to share a dessert. After such an amazing meal we knew the desserts were going to be pretty special.

We opted for the salted chocolate feuilletine with peanuts and banana ice cream. It did not disappoint. The feuilletine was a chocolate mousse with a crispy base, coated in a chocolate glaze and with the addition of sea salt it was heavenly. For me anything sweet and salty is a winning combination.

All the small plates are priced between £5 and £7 with the exception of the bread and chips which are £1.50 and £3. We add the chips too and they were amazing! I was really impressed my the quality of food (which I never doubted) but what was equally impressive was the price. For 7 small plates, a soft drink, a cocktail and a dessert it was only £55 for the two of course. Considering the size of the portions, the quality of the food and the thought that goes into each plate I thought it was a bargain.

You can find more information on The Gannet on their website.

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