Babs (Glasgow) Pre Launch Bloggers Event

IMG_858349 West Nile Street
Glasgow
G1 2PT

V: 14 June 2017      T:  0141 248 2240    W: babs.co.uk

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


I had been hearing a lot of bloggers talk about Babs for a while, and have passed its location a few times waiting for it to open. For the past month or two I hadn’t heard anything, until my Twitter inbox went DING and I saw an invite to tonight’s event.

Think Greek, Turkish and mediterranean food all fused together and you have Babs.

Babs tag line is “Kebabs. Done right” so it would be interesting to see if the tag line is correct.

First Impressions :

This is a classic but modern Mediterranean look inside, and has been well thought out.

On entering you have a nice seating area that is all level and has a disabled toilet so this is a nice touch. You then move up some stairs to a separate seating area, which has tables or booths depending on what you prefer.

The Food…

Selection of Breads with Oil & Vinegar

I am not a big bread and oil fan, to be honest I just don’t get it but I know a lot people like doing this….I just took the bread on its own.

The bread was very nice and very light to eat.

Along with the bread we also got…

Hummus and Ajvar

Ajvar is something you don’t really find in the UK, its roasted peppers, garlic and aubergines.

This was creamy and very good, and worked very nice with the breads for me. The hummus was ok for me, not really to my taste but Hummus is always a little bland for me where ever I go.

Aranchini

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Aranchini are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried. Tonights Aranchini were stuffed with feta cheese and spinach. These were one my main favourites tonight, I could have easily had more and more of these.

Chicken Souvlaki

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This consisted of chicken thigh, grilled tomatoes, red onion puree and tzatzaki

I am not a tomato fan so pushing that aside, the whole combination was mega mega tasty. The chicken was nice and tender with a slight BBQ taste, and the rest all just made this one really tasty dish.

Skinny fries with bacon and sauce

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These were very skinny fries, but that’s how I like my fries.

The sauce that was used what ever it was was really good, and worked amazing with the fries.

Cant wait to have more of these fries mmmmmmmm

Next we were served..

Watermelon and Feta Salad

This was to cleanse our palates.

I am not a watermelon fan but I did try it, for me well so so but I am sure if you like watermelon you will enjoy this dish.

Next up was the burger, now this was going to be interesting as Bread Meats Bread is sister restaurant to Babs so if this was bad then not good.

The Burger was medium cooked, moist, no overpowering flavours and this is what surprised me it was very light. I didn’t feel very full after it even though it looked very filling, so I could have easily had another one.

Is this better than Bread Meats Bread burgers? to be honest I can’t actually say as I have still to try more burgers there so till then I will leave it as on par

To finish up…

Tiramisu

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Tiramisu is my favourite Italian dessert, the taste texture everything about it I love.

This was so so, it was nice but it didn’t do it for me. If I was to pin point something I would say maybe lacking in the normal Tiramisu flavour

Overall :

I really enjoyed tonight, the atmosphere and food were all very good and I felt very relaxed.

I had a look at the menu and I was pleasantly surprised at the prices, its about average on other restaurants of this style.

I would like to thank Babs for the invite and the lovely food, also pass a thanks also on to the staff and the chefs.

I will be going back at a later date to try more dishes, as I spotted a few on the menu tonight that I would like to try.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 4
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: N/A as was free tonight
  • Overall : 4.5

Bank Street Bar Kitchen and Cafe (Glasgow) : Review

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52 Bank Street
Glasgow
G12 8LZ

V: 14th May 2017      T:  0141 334 4343   W: bankst.co.uk

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


Since I have started going to the West End of Glasgow more, I have occasionally passed this place and also thought I will need to pop in one day and give it a shot so today was the day.

There are 4 areas you can sit at :

  1. The Bar
  2. Outside
  3. Booths (inside to the left)
  4. Upstairs

Today’s visit we opted to sit outside as it was a nice sunny day, I had a quick look around inside and its really nice.

I had a quick look at the menu and decided lets try a burger from here, and see what its like.

The Food

Bacon and Cheese Burger : £7
6oz beef patty topped with melted cheese and bacon

A Bacon and cheese burger is a simple but nice burger, so I hoped they did it well.

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When this arrived it smelled really good, and these chips AMAZING!!! this is exactly how I like my chips. I knew if the burger was going to be bad or OK, the chips would make up for it.

The burger was good, I wouldn’t say its the best burger I have had but it was good. The meat was nice and tender and had flavour, and the bacon and cheese added the extra flavour needed.

The chips well I can only say I could have had a BIG bowl of them just on their own as they were so good, so now I know where to go when I want chips.

Side Note : We also tried the curly fries but not as good as the ones above

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Cocktail Time…

I couldn’t not try at least one cocktail from the menu today….

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Drumstick Cocktail £5
A cocktail version using Absolute Vanilla, Raspberry Liqueur & Cranberry Juice, garnished with a Drumstick lolly

I have a sweet tooth, and I have tried this cocktail once before so it was one I had to try tonight.

This was really good if you have a very sweet tooth, my only issue was some of the raspberry’s they added were broken up and at the bottom of the glass which got stuck in the straw when trying to drink it. It didn’t really need these, and could have been left out.

Side Note : If you do want to eat the lolly, take it out once the cocktail arrives and let it sit as its very hard and needs to soften

Overall :

My first visit was good, I left thinking that was a nice cocktail and amazing chips.

The burger well for what it was it was just OK, its not in my top 3 places for a burger but I will go back and try some other ones.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 3
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 4
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 3.5
  • Value for money: 4
  • Overall : 4