beGin Byres Road : Review


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383 Byres Road
Glasgow
G12 8AU

Websitebovinerestaurant.com

Visit Date : 22nd January 2017

I have been doing the Rum scene ,and one area that is going to be very big this year is the Gin scene.  I have probably only taken Gin in a cocktail, but don’t know much about it or have tried Gin on its on.

This year I would like to learn more about Gin, brands, flavours etc

I was recently contacted by someone at beGin as they knew I would like to learn more, but I was at Byres Road and saw beGin and decided to go in for some food and drinks.

Visit Date : 22nd January 2017

This place has a very cool and relaxed look, and a modern fresh design inside and outside. There wasn’t many people in tonight, which I liked as I could get a good look about and see the place.

Food :

I didn’t want to have big dishes tonight, as I wasn’t very hungry so small snacks was what I had in mind.

Cheesy Haggis Nachos £4.00
Sour Cream

I love Nacho’s and I like Haggis so when I saw this I had to give it a shot.

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This was a large portion for £4.00, so it was very good value for money. I expected maybe half this size, due to its cost.

For me there was maybe not enough cheese and haggis, but I knew I was also having another dish so it was ok. Then again it was £4.00 so can I really fault this? probably not.

Overall I enjoyed this and it’s the perfect size for a snack with a drink, and to share.

Trio of Vegetarian Samosa £6.00
Onion Bhaji / Pakora / Minted Yoghurt (V)

Again just like the first dish, it was a perfect snack size and this was good for just one person. You could potentially share, but it depends on how hungry you are.

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Each Samosa was very flavoursome, and the little sauce added to the flavour.

The Gin :

So as I have mentioned above I don’t know anything about Gin, well ok that it can be mixed with cocktails….but thats about it.

Tonight I wanted to try Gin on its own, and to see how one or maybe two taste.

I didn’t know where to start, so I asked one of the staff members her name was Maryam. I told her I have a sweet tooth, and to suggest two.

Maryam suggested :

  • Hoxton : Coconut and grapefruit – ABV 40%
  • Edinburgh Raspberry : Edinburgh Gin enriched with raspberry – ABV 20%

 

I decided to let Maryam choose one and surprise me.

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Maryam returned with the Hoxton and Lemonade, she didn’t pour any lemonade in the glass so I could taste the Hoxton on its own first.

This was nice, a little strange at first and then left me with a coconut after taste which was ok. Mixed with the Lemonade it reduced the flavour a little, but not by much which I was surprised at.

I would like to try the raspberry one next time as the Hoxton was nice, but I still needed something a little sweeter. I know I could have it in a cocktail but I would like to see if I could find a nice sweet Gin on its own, well sweet enough for me.

Overall :

Overall my first visit was good and the staff were very friendly, chatty and helpful.

The music that night did have a lot of bad language, this for me I didn’t mind but maybe some others it wouldn’t have liked this…..this would be my only issue from tonight.

I would like to thank Maryam for her help tonight, and I will be going to here to try a few more Gins as there were lots on the menu.

Any visits I will keep you posted on how my Gin experience is going.

Cheers

  • Child Friendly : No (since it’s a lounge bar)
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes and taste : 4
  • Atmosphere : 3.5
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4
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