Blythswood Square - Reviewed by Dinertec, Aug 6, 2015

Rating: 4/5

  • 11 Blythswood Square
  • Glasgow
  • G2 4AD
  • Tel: 0141 2488888

The Moll had been swept up with all the glitz and glamour with her new-found hobby. The little lady has now taken to following the elite world of Formula 1 motor racing. I was just worried this new passion may hit my wallet as I know prize briefs to these events don’t come cheap. So I mulled over how I could work round this without too much of a dent in my finances.

The Moll was probably leaning towards the lifestyle of F1 rather than getting her hands greasy, so I had the perfect solution. “Toots, get your glad rags on we’re speeding off for a diner date,” I called upstairs at Tec Towers. Quick as a flash she appeared at the top of our sweeping staircase and descended as if she was Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

I had a feeling the place I had in mind would be right up her street. So we revved up the Buick and made a pit stop at the five-star Blythswood Hotel. I had booked a table for two at the swanky place which was formerly the home of the Royal Automobile Club in the city. We were in time for the pre-theatre so I was hoping I would be quids in.

“Wow,” was all Toots could manage as she teetered into the impressive surrounding of the plush hotel. It’s stayed true to its roots and all around were pictures of great racers from the days when the Monte Carlo Rally used to set off from Blythswood Square. “We’ve have to enter the rally one day, Tec. I’m sure your old Buick would get us there,” Toots suggested. I however, kept quiet on that idea.

We were shown into the dining area and it was a lovely bright bar and seating area. It already had a lively atmosphere at just gone 5.30pm. We were shown to a window table which had lovely views over to the secret garden. Toots, however, wanted to look out into the restaurant to do a bit of people-watching.

Our server gave us a warm welcome and we were soon looking at the menu. It was a short scran scan as we were opting for the pre-theatre. I had to say the choices were good for a small menu. We both opted for the fishy starter of sea bream in a Thai broth.

We went our separate ways for the mains though. I opted for the pork in mustard sauce, while Toots fancied the steak and chips with peppercorn sauce. We ordered up a couple glasses of pink fizz and placed our orders. It was a bustling restaurant and with my tummy already rumbling I was hoping it wouldn’t be too long before the tuck arrived.

Without further ado our fish starter arrived. It was delicious and pretty as a picture. Melt-in-your-mouth fish was accompanied by a delicate Thai jus. Great flavours and we gave it the thumbs up.

Our main event did not disappoint. The steak and chips was a decent plateful and Toots couldn’t resist scooping up the sauce with a few fries. It was all cooked to her liking.

My pork with mustard sauce and mash was a tasty treat and it didn’t take long for me to polish it off. We were pretty full so opted for coffee to round off the meal.

With a few extras, the bill was reasonable and it was time to head home as the chequered flag fell on our evening.