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

Elia (Glasgow) Restaurant : Review

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24 George Square
Glasgow G2 1EG
UK

T : 0141-221-9988
W : eliagreekrestaurant.com

Enjoy fresh, homemade, Greek food in beautiful, relaxed surroundings in the 
very heart of Glasgow, looking out onto the City Chambers in George Square. 
As well as the extensive choice of dishes we have on offer, we also have daily specials from the kitchen and a wide range of meze dishes to share with friends.

I have passed this restaurant a few times, and always looked in the window and thought one day I should try here. I have never really had Greek food, I had it many years ago and thought it was nice so it was time to try it again.

Visit Date : 18th March 2017

On entering we were shown to the table, and looking around the restaurant was really nicely decorated and looked very clean.

Starter :

Taramosolata £4.25
Seafood dip

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I recently had a nice seafood dip at Mezze, so I thought I would use that as a comparison.

Presentation wise, it was ok. Not really sure the one olive was needed, but yeah it was ok.

Taste…for a seafood dip I didn’t find it that fishy. The one from Mezze was full of flavour and had a nice aftertaste. This one didn’t have much flavour for me, and the aftertaste was of nothing.

Tonight wasn’t really getting of to a good start.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 1.5
Presentation : 2

Main :

Mousakka £12.00
made of layers of minced beef, courgette, aubergine and potato, all topped off with a creamy béchamel sauce. 

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I like my lasagna and I know this is like a Greek version of it, so I thought lets give it a go and see what its like. Tonight I went for the meat version, as they also had a vegetarian version.

Visually this looked really nice, and I was looking forward to try this.

After my first few mouthfuls, I was disappointed again.

This really had zero taste for me! my friends started laughing thinking I was just being super critical but my girlfriend she had the vegetarian version and tried this and she agreed there was literally zero taste.

I tried hers and that was nicer, as you could taste the peppers etc.

This was meant to be made with courgettes, but I really couldn’t see or taste them.

I didn’t finish the dish which is very strange for me.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 1
Presentation : 3

Overall :

Tonight was very very disappointing, and I don’t like doing bad reviews as I normally try and type the good things but I can’t as I didn’t have any good experiences here from start to finish.

The service was just ok, the staff all looked very bored and didn’t really smile much. We waited in my opinion too long to get the credit card machine, as the waiter that night seemed to have forgotten to come back and continue serving the other tables.

The only good thing I can say is the atmosphere was nice, and other people dinning did seem to be having a nice meal and time but for me I can’t say the same.

I won’t be back.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 2
  • The portion sizes : 5
  • Taste of dishes :  2
  • Atmosphere : 2.5
  • Overall : 1.5