Corinthian New Brasserie Menu Launch (Glasgow) : Review

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191 Ingram Street
Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1DA

V: 12th October 2017      T:  0141 552 1101  W: www.thecorinthianclub.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (very well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have been to the Corinthian a good few times, mostly for the Afternoon Tea which is my favourite in Glasgow. Inside has always had a lovely and relaxing atmosphere, and also the staff have been very friendly and helpful.

Last week I got an email inviting me to tonight’s event, which was to try something from the new menu….well I love my food and I like the Corinthian so I couldn’t turn it down.

I was looking forward to trying this menu, as I have never really been in here for food. Its always been Afternoon Tea, or for a few drinks so it was now time to sample the food.

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On entry I was welcomed and shown to my table, if you have never been here there are effectively 3 seating areas in here. The first being the ones on the left as you go in, these are booths with a big chair. These are more for couples, and this is where I was seated tonight. The next is the middle are, which has a few group tables, and then the far right which is booths and tables again for groups.

The Food…

Starter

Potted Chicken Liver Parfait £N/A (Normally £6.95)
Pear Chutney, Pea Shoot Salad & Brioche Toast

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I always like to try this at any restaurant, as its interesting how they all differ and how they present it.

This was presented very nicely, and looked very good, my first thought was maybe 1 more brioche toast would be good but lets see how I get on.

I have to say this was the best Chicken Liver Parfait I have tasted so far, it was very very smooth and full of flavour and it worked amazing with the Brioche Toast. I was correct though, there was still enough parfait in the little pot enough for one more slice.

I would have this again!!!

Portion Size : 4.5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Main

Herb Crusted Ayrshire Pork Fillet £N/A (Normally £14.95)
Toulouse Sausage & white bean Cassoulet

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I spotted 3 dishes I wanted to try, but I opted for this as it sounded nice. My second option would have been Peterhead Haddock and Chips, as it sounded very good.

When it arrived, the presentation and smell was very good so I was looking forward to seeing how this tasted.

This was very nice, and cooked just right as it was not mega chewy which is always my pet hate when it comes to dishes like this.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Dessert

Brandy Soused Strawberry Creme Brulee (V) £N/A (Normally £5.95)
Shortbread

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Presentation again this was very good, and it looked very good.

I tried the shortbread first, and this was very good I love shortbread.

Moving on to the Creme Brulee, this was again perfect and very very nice. This and the shortbread for me was a perfect combination.

I would have this again!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

During the meal, a live quarter was performing they were called Strings Aloud. Due to the design of this building, and due to it being strings the acoustics were amazing and the sound was very relaxing and created a very very nice atmosphere for everyone.

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Video : View Video

Overall :

I am very pleased I got tonight’s invite, as I learned that here does very nice food where are before in my mind it was more a cocktails and Afternoon Tea location.

I cant fault anything tonight, all 3 courses were very nice, the service was good and also the atmosphere was perfect.

I would like to thank the Corinthian again for my invite, I had a very enjoyable evening and will see you soon.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Value for money: N/A
  • Overall : 5

Chaophraya Afternoon Tea (Glasgow) : Review

The Townhouse
Nelson Mandela Place
Glasgow G1 2LL

V: 19th August 2017      T: (0141) 332 0041    W: www.chaophraya.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (Very well behaved)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have not been to Chaophraya (Glasgow) for a very long time, I think it was when it first opened and then once maybe twice for cocktails at its Palm Lounge bar.

If you have never visited here you are in for a treat, and I am talking about a visual treat to start with. From the outside it just looks like an OK building, but when you enter you are transported to a warm rich Thai interior.

 


When Chaophraya took over this building they spared no expense, the interior is amazing and everywhere you look its filled with amazing statues, paintings etc etc and this isn’t just for the entrance hall its the same on every floor.

I spotted that here was doing a Thai Afternoon Tea, and I do like my Afternoon Tea’s so I had to buy the Itison offer and see what it was like.

Afternoon Tea :

This was £19 for two and anything else you order like coffee, coke, food is an extra cost on the day.

Thai Afternoon Tea

 


What Was Served :

  • Aromatic duck served in a hirata bun with crunchy cucumber, spring onions and hoisin dressing
  • Chicken thigh hand-wrapped in pandan leaf
  • Vegetable spring roll with sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • Thai pancakes with pandan leaf custard
  • Deep fried banana with toasted sesame seeds
  • Sultana scone with jam, butter and cream

On arrival this was very nicely presented, and it looked very nice and tasty.

Munch munch munch and done.

Everything that was served was very full in flavour, and very very moreish!!! I still felt a little hungry after it but that’s just me, but I enjoyed this so much I looked for the offer again but it was finished….but keep watching as I heard its very popular and it will be on offer again.

My favourite from the selection was the duck in the hirata bun, I wish there had been more of this as it was so good.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money :  N/A
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall my return visit was very good, I was very relaxed and enjoyed the Afternoon Tea.

If I was to be fussy I could say there could have been more scones (these we, also I heard a few people ask for more jam and cream also offer plain scone as some people don’t like fruit scones………..and maybe more cakes but that’s just being too fussy and greedy.

I enjoyed this and will be keeping watch for the offer again.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : n/a
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: N/A as voucher
  • Overall : 4.5

My 2017 Visit to Venice (Italy) and VLOG

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VLOG 1 : Venice (Italy) – VIEW

Since I was 9 months old I have been to Venice every year, my parents have always loved Venice. As I was growing up I was taken here with them, and I also feel in love with Venice.

Venice is a very unique place, with a lot of history. The main part that everyone knows about, is that it is sinking but that’s due to the sand foundations it was built on many many years ago. This was a strategical move back then, to protect the city from invaders but now due its popularity and the weight of the tourists and buildings its slowly sinking.

For me when I visit Venice I ignore the biz, and I am instantly transported back in time and its like a home from home to me. I know Venice that well I can navigate its small streets, and remember how to get to places one year on….where I stay is in Glasgow and if you ask me for directions well your asking the wrong guy.

This years visit to Italy was for my summer holiday, and this year more so was a relaxation holiday rather than try and see as many different close locations as possible. That being said visiting Venice is always top of my list, for sight seeing or to relax.

Part of my visit to Venice this year, my parents were given a gift of Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Danieli. If you don’t know much about this hotel click the below link.

Website : www.danielihotelvenice.com

This hotel is a very attractive hotel, but it also comes with attractive prices. The more you pay for a room you will be located in the main building, but the cheaper the rooms get you are in the back of the building which I have been told you don’t get the best views.

I have never stayed here, but maybe that time I win big in the lottery I would like to spend a long weekend here….but till then I will just keep checking my lotto numbers.

The Afternoon Tea

There are two places you can be served food or afternoon tea, the first being as you go in the door and to the left. This area is a very nice lounge area, that has a very nice relaxing atmosphere. The second location is situated upstairs, where you can sit outside and have a view of the Grand Canal.

Today’s visit we were seated in the lounge area.

As you can see the presentation was very nice, and you were given a good choice of food. I wont comment on the cost since it was a gift, but you can click the website and take a look.

This was a very enjoyable and very relaxing Afternoon Tea.

Visitor Attractions

While you are in Venice, there are a lot of landmarks to see and places to visit. This blog and my accompanying VLOG don’t do it justice but hopefully will give you a little taster.

I will say a little about each place but also give you a link to Wikipedia which will give you more information and more historical information.

Piazza San Marco

Venice Italy : St Marks Square 5

One of Venice’s busiest areas for two reasons, its where most of the tourists are dropped off for their day and also its history.

If you manage to visit here and its not mega busy, you will get a very nice experience. My best advice is to walk about, and look everywhere as the detail of the buildings is amazing.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_San_Marco

Rialto Bridge

Venice Italy : Rialto Bride

This bridge has many shops at each side, and all the locals and tourists walk up the centre of the bridge. The bridge is affectively built on wooden pillars, so I really don’t know how its lasted to stay up this long but it’s an amazing design.

Most of the shops on this bridge are costly, but if your wanting to say you got a little something from Venice then a once off is good. If you do visit walk to the centre, and go to each side here is where you will get great photos.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_Bridge

Gondola ride

Venice Italy : Gondola 3

Gondola rides are another very popular activity to do in Venice, but be warned they are VERY costly for what you get.

If you walk about the prices can vary but it’s roughly about 80 euros for 30mins, and thats per person just for a ride.

For me I have done it and enjoyed the experience, I would do it again and this time just sit and look rather than take photos and videos. Would I do it every year? no mostly due to the cost but it’s a nice experience to try at least once.

Saint Mark’s Basilica

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One thing you will notice is on the busy days in Venice, you will see a long waiting line to get inside and do the tours. I was once told someone waited 4 hours just to get inside, for me I have never wanted to wait that length just to see inside. If I ever do go back to Venice and its off peak times, I may go in side but only if its not very busy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Basilica

Torre dell’Orologio

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This is another building that a lot of people wait to go inside, as I have been told that you get a great 360 view of Venice from the top.

I have never had the urge to go inside and see this view, mostly as I managed to get to a hotels roof which gave me an amazing view and one I think would be better than this view….but I cant fully comment on that.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Clocktower

Fruit, Vegetables and Fish Markets

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Venice has many traditions but one of the oldest is how the locals get their groceries. With all these little markets this is how many of the locals get their fruit, vegetables etc
The most well known market is the Fish Market, this is called the “Pescheria”, from this fish market this is where locals and the local restaurants would buy the fish to sell that day.

Hand Sculptures

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Before coming to Venice this year, I saw this hand structure on the news and I knew I had to see it and also include it in my VLOG.

The hand structure is titled “Support” and its to raise awareness of the water level rise and climate change in Venice.

To see more information on the Italian artist see the below links :

Lorenzo QuinnInstagram account.

Lorenzo Quinn WebsiteLorenzo Quinn

 

And that’s the holiday over for another year……net visit to Venice I will show you more attractions.

Hopefully you have learned a few new things, even if its just a taster of Venice. If your nervous when you get here do a little walking tour, but to be honest they are over priced and all you do is walk and see places you don’t get to experience much.

Walk about and do it yourself, if you get lost just ask “San Marco” or follow the signs that are up on the buildings.

If you have any questions about Venice, feel free to message me on here or Twitter and also check out my YouTube Video.