Sugar Dumplin Glasgow Restaurant : Review

Princes Square
48 Buchanan Street
Glasgow G1 3JN

Opening Times

  • Mon – Wed: 12.00pm – 10.00pm 
  • Thurs – Sat: 12.00pm – 12.00pm 
  • Sun: 12.00pm – 8.00pm

W: www.sugardumplin.co.uk
T : 0141 248 2255

Visit Date : Friday 30th December 2016

Finally I am back at Sugar Dumplin for some food, and I brought some friends to see and try the place. So why have I not been back for food you ask? Well, just there are so many places in Glasgow to try and on my list….But I do come here for cocktails so it balances out I think.

Sugar Dumpling is a home from home for me, myself and my best friend have been regulars nearly every single weeks since it opened. The staff (even though its changed) know us by our first name, and are always very welcoming.

We hired a shack for the evening, which was perfect for all of us.

Starter :

Jerk Ribs £5.95 (GF)
Jerk ribs covered in irie sauce topped with sliced chilli and spring onion

Sugar Dumplin Glasgow Jerk Chicken
Sugar Dumplin Glasgow Jerk Chicken

So far for me there are two places that do really good ribs in Glasgow (yes I know I’ve still lots to try but at this point in time). The first is here and the second is Nippon Kitchen.

These ribs were cooked perfect, the meat just slide off the bone and it was tender and really full of flavour.

If you visit this is a must to have as your starter.

Flavour (out of 5) :  5

Main :

Curry Goat £11.95 (GF)
Slow cooked, curry goat off the bone with mixed pepper, potato and Carrots

 

Sugar Dumplin Glasgow Curry Goat
Sugar Dumplin Glasgow Curry Goat

For me the rice part was a little lacking in flavour, yes I could have added some sauce but it was the first time trying this so I thought I would take it as its made.

The goat well that was a different story it was full of flavour, very tender and just broke up in my mouth.

Flavour (out of 5) :  4

After and well during the meal we had some drinks and cocktails, but the main part after the meal was shots.

The shots we had  :

  • Cafe Patron Tequila
  • Tequila

You may be shocked to read this but the only time I have had tequila is mixed in a cocktail, and never on its own so this was the first time trying it. I didn’t use any salt or lime, which I know you should as I didn’t actually mind the taste and it was smooth to drink.

The Cafe Patron Tequila now this was am talking about, this was  coffee flavoured Tequila and yes its meant as a shot but you can easily have it as a sipping drink. First time trying this, and also won’t be my last as I liked it a lot.

Visit Overall :

Overall just like anytime I have been in I had a really nice meal, and felt very relaxed. Everyone I was with also enjoyed the food, and we had a very nice evening.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes and taste : 4.5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 5

Sugar Dumplin Rum Club – Spiced Rum


Put a little spice in your life

 

Event Date : 5th December 2016

Type of Rum : Spiced

Cost : FREE

Rum Featured :

  • Foursquare Spiced Rum
  • Dark Matter Spiced Rum
  • The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

– and free nibbles

For those of you that don’t know the Glasgow Caribbean restaurant Sugar Dumplin, do a monthly rum club. Each month a new brand, style of rum or both is featured and discussed and sampled.

I am no expert in rum, I am slowly learning about the different styles, flavours etc

This month the topic was Spiced Rum.

First rum up was by Foursquare :

A delicious, high-quality spiced rum from Richard Seale’s Foursquare distillery on Barbados, home of Doorly’s and St. Nicholas Abbey.


This rum has hints of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. For me when I smelled this i got a very light hint of vanilla, but others at tonights club got cinnamon or nutmeg or all.

It comes in a tall bottle with a dripped wax sealing, this covers the metallic screw top.

For me this was nice, it was nice to smell and also the flavour was pleasant.

Next was the Dark Matter Spiced Rum :

The first release from Scotland’s Dark Matter Distillers is Dark Matter Spiced Rum – very exciting stuff! Created in Banchory by two brothers, Jim and John Ewen, Dark Matter Spiced Rum is a molasses-based rum that features full-bodied notes of long pepper, fresh ginger, green peppercorns and allspice.


The spice was so overpowering! The smell off the small shot we got was very powerful, the cinnamon could be smelt right away. The first and every taste after was very powerful again, it wasn’t a burning feeling it was a thick and warm after feeling on the throat.

This was nice, in small amounts on its own it could be ok but it really needs to be mixed with something to lessen the strong taste.

Last up was The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

A dark spiced Caribbean rum introduced to the UK in Spring 2010, Kraken’s old-style bottle and superlative packaging seem to earmark it out for greatness, and perhaps it will help some of those many thousands of punters nursing an old-recipe-Sailor-Jerry-sized hole in their hearts.


This rum has a lighter and sweeter taste to it, the combination of flavours gives this a more sweet and very appealing taste for me as I have a very sweet tooth.

For me this was the best out the three.

Just like the others it had a nice smell to it, and this was not as strong as Dark Matter and was nice and sweet to taste.

I was told tonight to try mixing this with coke as it will taste like an alcoholic Dr Pepper, so not to be rude I had to give it a try and yes it was very very very good. This could be my rum mix of choice now 🙂


 

We then got to try a cocktail made from one of the above Spiced Rums, this was really nice and good to taste as the rum added the nice spiced flavour to a sweet cocktail.

Again I don’t like to go into too much detail about these Rum Clubs, as it more of a you need to be there than a read about it.

If your interested in coming and why wouldn’t you be? its free, fun, you get to meet new people, learn about rum, have a laugh and get some really good food. So if your a yes then I would say follow Sugar Dumplin on Facebook, or me on Twitter or both as I always try and help promote the event on Twitter.

Scotland for Haiti 2 Glasgow Event

Event Date : Sunday 27th November

Location : Sugar Dumplin in Glasgow

Event Description : 

Come and celebrate 50 years of Barbados Independence with us in our second fundraiser for Haiti, this time at Sugar Dumplin restaurant in Glasgow. Enjoy a welcome cocktail courtesy of Clayton’s Kola Tonic and Caribbean buffet from Sugar Dumplin. 

Talk from historian and genealogist Selena Carty from Black Poppy Rose for stories of the contribution of Caribbean servicemen and women to Britain in times of war. 

Poetry from Lesley Traynor of Women Poets with Fierce Words

LIVE music from Afrobeats singer Levis Albano and Afro-Jazz fusion duet Ladies of Midnight Blue

Party on with DJ Marshal Telisman, the king of Glasgow party nights, for the best selections of soca, dancehall and reggae…

Enter our raffle to win great prizes and buy something from the special menu for a chance to win a week’s stay for two at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, Barbados. 

All profits from tickets and raffle going to support community organisations in Haiti.

Tonight I attended the charity fundraiser Scotland for Haiti 2, this was being held at the Glasgow Caribbean restaurant Sugar Dumplin. On arriving we were welcomed to Sugar Dumplin and given a welcome cocktail. The cocktail is called a Jamestone 2 Tonic and was courtesy of Clayton’s Kola Tonic, this is how its made :

  • 1 part rum
  • 1 part Kola Tonic
  • 1 part Falernum
  • Soda and lime

This is a very nice cocktail and I will be ordering this again.

Once I got my welcome drink I looked for a table, I wanted something near where the performances were so I could try and get some good photos and videos and to get a good view.

The DJ for the night was already setting up and started playing some tunes, while we waited for everyone else to turn up. I really liked the tunes he played and was happy that it wasn’t loud that you needed to shout over it.

img_3730

Everyone was ready and it was time for the event to offically start.

Edinburgh Caribbean Association Twitter : twitter.com/edincarib

img_3733

A Lisa Williams from The Edinburgh Caribbean Association got up and welcomed us to the event, and what we were to expect from the evening. Lisa’s welcome speaks started with its now 50 years that Barbados has been independent, and how this event and others are continuing to support Haiti and a brief talk about Haiti.

Lisa then introduced us to the first guest speaker Selena Carty.

img_3735

Selena Carty Twitter : twitter.com/SelenaCarty

Black Poppy Roses Website : www.blackpoppyrose.org

Before tonight I didn’t know any of the names that were going to be speaking or performing.

Selena Carty is a Historian and founder from Black Poppy Rose on British West Indies Regiment in WW1.

WHY A BLACKPOPPYROSE?
TO REMEMBER THE LEGACIES THAT BEFALL EACH AND EVERYONE OF US.
THE BLACKPOPPYROSE IS A SYMBOL TO NOT ONLY HIGHLIGHT BUT HONOUR AND REMEMBER THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO VARIOUS WARS SINCE THE 16TH CENTURY BY THE AFRICAN/BLACK/CARIBBEAN/PACIFIC ISLANDERS COMMUNITIES.

I am still getting to grips with WordPress and seems I need to upgrade to upload videos, so please check out my Instagram to view the videos :

https://www.instagram.com/krismunro/

What Selena was telling us was very emotional, powerful and very educational. If you ever get a chance to see her and to listen to her do take the time.

Next was some touching and funny poetry from Lesley Traynor, from Woman Poets with Fierce words.

Twitter : twitter.com/LATraynor

Lesley told us a little about herself and let us hear a few poems, one was even about a family member and one which was my favourite from the night was called “Big Bad WolF”.

I am not really into poetry but I did enjoy listening to Lesley, and by going to this event I got to try something I wouldn’t normally have gone to see.

Now its was time to get some food from the buffet, I just took a small sample of everything. I have to say I have been to Sugar Dumplin before but whatever glaze they used tonight on the chicken wings wow it was amazing!!!

img_3731

The next act to go up was Chief Kofi Amu Master Drummer who was from Ghana, and he was also going to do poetry for us.

This type of poetry again was new to me, and different to Lesley’s. Chief Kofi was very entertaining, and even got some audience participation with everyone going “mmmmm” a lot….you had to be there.

img_3816

The next act was my favourite part of the event, it was very entertaining and great to listen to. The act that ended the night were called Ladies of Midnight Blue. Ladies of Midnight Blue are an Afro-Jazz Fusion brass/drums and vocals act.

Twitter : twitter.com/LadiesofMBlue

Ladies of Midnight Blue’s performance was entertaining, amazing to watch and listen to but also since they are so energetic on the drums you feel tired just watching them. For me I would love to see them perform again, so I will be keeping an eye out for when they are back in Glasgow.

Again check out my Instagram as I have two videos from Ladies of Midnight Blue :

https://www.instagram.com/krismunro/

Near the close of the night there was a charity raffle, where you could win goodie bags with random items e.g Jam, sugar etc all from Barbados. I was lucky to win a bag, which contained several booklets on Barbados and also some “Hot Hot” sauce which I will use at some point.

Overall I had a really good night, it was educational and entertaining. I learned about black history, different styles of poetry and got to experience Afro-Jazz for the first time. Everyone around me also really enjoyed the night, as there were lots of smiles, laughs and dancing.