Nam Tuk Tram Stop (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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2 Partick Bridge Street
Glasgow G11 6PL

V: 14th October 2017      T:  0141 357 0330  W:namtuk.co.uk

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


At the time of writing this post, this restaurant is new to the Glasgow food scene. I saw all the promotion on Facebook, and I thought I need to visit this when it opens.

I decided not to go as soon as it opened as it would probably be mega busy, so I left it for about two weeks.

Prior to going I had a look at the menu, and spotted a few dishes that I would like to try so I knew that when I go I would have to have at least 4 dishes.

This is in a great spot, and going by the prices on the menu its perfect for students or if you just want to order small dishes.

First Impression :

On entering you are hit with vivid colours, lots of bamboo and very friendly staff. I really liked the look of this place, and couldn’t wait to see where my table was.

The walls all were painted very colourful, and some had some very cool artwork this gave the place a very funky and modern look.

While we waited for a few other people to arrive, I sat at the bar and had a talk to the bar staff. Behind the bar staff on the wall, there was a vast selection of drinks so I knew that the cocktails should be good…but I had to try some to see if I was correct or not.

Cocktail Time….

The first cocktail I had was :

Sango Island £7.00
Jinro Soju, Lejay Blue Curaçao, Luxardo Maraschino, Pineapple Juice , Coconut

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This cocktail sounded nice, and sounded like it would be sweet…well to me it did so I thought lets get it. It was a very nice cocktail, and one that was easy to drink. It wasn’t as sweet as I thought, more a nice balance with a very very slight sour taste at the end.

It would be rude to just have the one cocktail….

My second cocktail was :

Melon Bei £7.00
Midori, Koskenkorva Vodka, Lejay Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup

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Now this was actually recommended to me by the bar staff, as I told them I had a very sweet tooth so they had a lot to live up to with this recommendation….

Was it sweet enough for me?…

This was AMAZING!!!!!!!! perfect taste, just sweet enough and very easy to drink!!! This is what I will be having again when I return!!!! if you like a sweet cocktail, then when you visit here order this you wont be disapointed.

The Food…

Salt & Pepper Squid £5.50
Chinese style crispy fried squid, chopped spring onion and pepper, sweet chilli sauce

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I love this when I get a Chinese, so I thought lets see how they do it here.

It was nice, the squid was in a nice not too crispy batter and the peppers added nice flavour.

My only issue but this could be a personal thing, it wasn’t that salty, normally you get a nice salty and crispy taste but it was more flavoured and less salty….well to me it was.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Tteok-bokki £4.95
(vgn) Korean rice cake, sweet & spicy

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When this arrived it looked and smelled really nice.

OH MY GOD!!!! for me this was MEGA spicy, and that was with just one piece. To be honest it was really nice flavour, but WAY too spicy for me so I gave it to my friend who has a better spice threshold than me.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Gyoza £5.95
Handmade crispy pork dumplings, soy sauce

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These looked so good so I couldn’t wait to try them.

Yup these were really nice, and the dipping sauce added that nice little extra flavour to them. I could have had more of these.

The little dumplings were perfectly cooked, and the pork was nice and full of flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Korean Tacos £5.95
3 soft corn tacos, spicy Korean beef, Asian salsa, coriander, Chinese chives

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I like tacos, so when I saw Korean Tacos I had to try them and see what they were like.

On arrival I could smell the beef which was amazing, and it looked really good.

These were very very good, and very filling but yup you guessed it I could have had another one.

This is another dish I would have again when I come back.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall

Well I was very impressed with Nam Tuk Tram Stop, the cocktails, food, and the service was all very very good and I loved its funky modern design.

Review Scores – 

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

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Brockmans Gin Event (Glasgow, West End)

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Event Location
Oran Mor
Event Date
19th September 2017

Tonights Brand
Brockmans Gin


I got this invite and couldn’t turn it down, as I am still wanting to learn more about different Gin’s since I spent 2016 learning about Rum and Brockmans is one I haven’t tried yet.

Tonights event was being held in the West End of Glasgow, in what used to be an old Parish Church but now inside is a bar, restaurant, night club and holds many different events.

On entering I got the chance to meet with the girl that invited me, and thank her for the invite at this point I was given a little mask and told what table to go to. I walked in to the event room and was hit was amazing colours, and a tall metal structure on part of the floor.

I was then shown to my table which was right next to the main stage, at this point I was thinking “I hope there is no audience participation”….luckly there wasn’t….

I noticed something at every table, there was a big button that had the text on it “Press for Gin”, this was cool as if the table wanted the next round of drinks they just pressed the button and the waiter would come over and give us Gin…..I could do with one of these in my house!!!

Lets start with the food then I will move on to the cocktails.

The Food :

Orange & fennel cured salmon, creme fraiche, black wafer cone

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This was very interesting, I have never had a black wafer cone….to be honest it didn’t taste that much different to others. Overall this was just ok for me, the creme fraiche stood out for me more than the salmon.

Smoked duck breast with Brockmans blackberry gel on egg crepe

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This was my favourite dish of the night, for me the taste was perfect and every mouthful.

Juniper cluster venison, celeriac slaw, potato rosti

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This was a nice dish, I am not a massive fan of venison but the flavours were very flowery and it was perfectly cooked.

Goats cheese mousse with beetroot, coriander & lemon

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This was nice after everything we had, as it was like a cleanser very nice and smooth and fully of flavour.

Brockmans Gin ice cream, meringue & blueberry bubble

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To end the night we got some ice cream, a perfect end to the night.

The Cocktails :

The Perfect Serve
Brockmans Gin, Fever Tree tonic, blueberries, pink grapefruit

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Coastal Collins
Brockmans Gin, fino Sherry, seabucjthorn tea, seaweed infused coastal bitters

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Black & Gold
Brockmans Gin, Drambuie, heather honey, pineapple

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This was my favourite as it was very sweet, and I wish I could have had a few more of these.

Glasgow Calling
Brockmans Gin, sweet vermouth, fino sherry, lemon, bitters, Buckfast

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During the food we were treated to Tony Bowen who sang and played the guitar for us.

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Tony was very good, and played a good variety of songs. He asked everyone to tweet him suggestions, and he managed to get everyones suggestions in throughout the night.

Just before the end of the night, we had another performer that was showing off his aerial skills

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This was very cool to see, the lighting, costume and also Tony playing in the background “Sweet dreams are made of this”  was all a perfect setting and made it that much cooler to watch.

The event tonight was perfect from start to end, I learned about a new Gin and 2 new cocktails with Brockmans Gin that I would love to have again.

I can now say I am slowly starting to enjoy Gin, nearly as much as rum and I look forward to trying more Gin but for now I will enjoy a nice Brockmans Gin.

I would like to say a big thank you for my invite to tonights event, I really enjoyed and enjoyed the gin. 🙂

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Brel (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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39 Ashton Lane
Glasgow G12 8SJ
UK

V: 7th August 2017      T: (0141) 342 4966     W: www.brelbar.com

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


There are still lots of places in the West End of Glasgow that I have not tried, so tonight was my time to try Brel.

This was my first time here, and my first impression was this is a very nice looking place. I saw they had a beer garden, and this looked very nice and probably nicer when the sun is out.

The Food :

Tonights visit I used a recent purchase from Itison, it was a main each but I can’t comment on the cost as my girlfriend purchased this and I didn’t ask.

Food time….

1/2 Rack of BBQ baby back ribs with slaw £7.50

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I have my favourite place in town for ribs, so I thought lets see how Brel does them.

On arrival presentation was ok, the smell was very good and visually it looked very nice….now to see how they tasted.

These were very nice, the meat just slide off the bone which is the way it should be and the BBQ sauce added that extra flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money :  4
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Brel’s Seafood ‘Paella’ made with pearl barley, pan fried sea trout, mussels, squid & saffron £N/A (part of the itison offer)

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This dish sounded nice, but I did fail to spot it wasn’t rice and it was using pearl barley.

Visually on arrival it looked nice, but thats when I noticed it wasn’t a normal Paella.

The fish smell wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, but I dug in and gave it a shot. For me this was just so so, I even had to add salt and pepper for me to give it that little bit of flavour (which I don’t normally do).

I personally wouldn’t order this again, as for me it was a very disappointing. I think if I had spotted it was made with pearl barley instead of rice I would have just ordered a burger or another dish.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money : n/a
Flavour : 2
Presentation : 4

Belgian Waffle with your choice of topping (Banana, chocolate and Vanilla ice cream) £5.50

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There is always room for sweets 🙂

This sounded good on paper and looked good, but did it taste as good as it looks?

I couldn’t wait to dig in as I love chocolate and have a very sweet tooth.

So….first thing I noticed was the waffle was a little difficult to cut, maybe its pre-made and been sitting? not sure but waffles should be soft. Secondly the waffle should have been warm, it wasn’t so these two factors made what could have been a great end to the meal just so so.

These two points could be my own personal opinion, you may like your waffles done like this but for me if these got corrected it would be a really nice dish.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money :  4
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall my first visit was just ok, it had its ups and its downs.

Would I go back? I will give Brel one more shot at some point as I feel it may have just been a bad selection on my part and I will order something else.

Review Scores – 

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