Life lesson #213 never wear a super tight, so tight your ribs feel like they could snap and you can’t even breathe, dress to dinner. The dress in question wasn’t a slinky body con number but rather a pinafore style in a size too small, which I refuse to accept, but maybe do now, with two buttons on either side of the waist, perfectly designed to crush your internal organs like a vice.
So I was dealing with a few, ‘personal issues,’ when I finally made it to dinner at The Scullery, yet another great restaurant in Finnieston I’d been wanting to try for a while. It’s been on my radar as I’ve heard lots of good things, plus they were awarded ‘Best Scottish Newcomer,’ at the Scottish Hospitality Awards. It wasn’t until I picked up on a sweet little Itison deal ( 2 mains and 2 small glasses of wine for £17) that I made it through the door.
First impressions were good, a light space, quite relaxed but stylish with a few quirky – but not too quirky, touches and lots of exposed brick. We weren’t sat in the main restaurant but a little room off to the side, which had a few tables and was perfectly nice and airy. The lucky person across from me apparently had a great view of the chefs working their magic – I had a fantastic view of the kitchen porter cleaning the dishes but hey I can live with that.
I was wondering if The Scullery would craft a special (cheaper) menu for us Itison bargain hunters but I needn’t have worried, we were able to select anything from the main menu and the specials board, with a small supplement for the flat iron steak.
It was difficult to chose as the menu was bursting with my kinda food, solid stuff like scallops and black pudding, zesty halloumi salad or chicken liver and cognac parfait for starter. For main there was 48 hour marinated Scottish lamb cutlets, chicken with fondant potatoes, buttered greens and a madera sauce (oh hello) or mussels, plus more – a little too much to list here.
After much deliberating, we shared Gambas Pil Pil from the specials board to start. When I see Gambas Pil Pil I’ve just got to have it, definitely a throw back to spending lots of time in Spain when I was younger and couldn’t get enough of those oily, spicy, garlicy, sizzling prawns. This came served with king prawns that were lovely and juicy, not as oily as I’m used to but just as delicious, served with a little spinach and sour dough.
For my main I went for sea bass with leeks, samphire and a butter sauce, while my dinner date went for the flat iron steak. I definitely hit the jackpot. The steak was juicy and perfectly cooked but the main taste was ‘burnt,’ presumably from the chargrill. I’m all for a bit of the chargrill but this was very strong and quite overpowering. The sour dough in our starter had suffered the same fate, it was lovely bread but tasted black and, well, charred. The steak came with a flavoursome Bearnaise sauce and chips.
The star of the show however was the sea bass, perfectly cooked with leeks that had been charred in a good way, beautiful, waxy, little potatoes and lots of decadent Burre Blanc, it was a hearty portion that I would certainly return for. I did have to add quite a lot of seasoning but that could be my personal taste, I’m a bit of a salt fiend.
By the time dessert rolled around we were totally stuffed but having a lovely time and I had to try something – purely for research purposes of course. We opted for the brownie, which was a rich, spongey chocolatey delight, served with honey comb and ice-cream. I would say my buttons were bursting at the seams by now but I had undone them as soon I sat down.
The service was perfect, friendly and efficient without being too stuffy or formal and the wine was good – I don’t know what it was (my bad) but we had a couple of glasses each of the red and the white and it went down a treat.
In the real world, scullery prices are £16 for the flat iron steak and about £13 for the sea bass. The starters were around the £6 – £10 mark, which is what you would expect as the produce is of a great standard, as is the cooking.
We had a fabulous time and I would definitely return to The Scullery, where I would happily pay full price for that sea bass and wear looser clothing..
The Scullery, 10 Claremont Street, Glasgow, 0141 221 6200