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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Zen Sushi (Bucharest, Romania) : Review

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Str. George Calinescu 15
Sector 1, Bucuresti

V: 9th September 2017      T:  0722 161 718  W: zensushibucuresti.ro

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


Apart from trying different types of Romanian food, I wanted to try some other styles of food when I was here and one style was Japanese. From my research and also from friends, I was told about Zen Sushi.

My favourite Sushi place in Glasgow is Nippon Kitchen, so I wanted to see how Zen Sushi was and how its atmosphere was so I payed it a visit.

On arrival the entrance was very Japanese themed with a little bridge and pond, this for me was very cool as I liked themed style restaurants so this was a good start for me.

We were welcomed in and shown to a seat inside.

There was an instant nice relaxing feel to the restaurant, and from the food I saw being served to everyone around me it looked very good so I couldn’t wait to order.

We had this little device on the table, this is the first time I have been to a restaurant with something like this. It had 2 buttons on it, one to order, two to pay for the bill and the last to cancel.

I will show the cost in the native currency, if you are reading this and stay in the UK just device the cost by 5 and it’s roughly that in pounds.

The Food…

Starter

Gyoza Shrimp 25 LEI

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Tonight I wanted to try a few things, so I thought lets have a look at the starters and see what I fancy.

I opted for this dish as it sounded nice…well looked nice from the photos and I knew it was shrimp so it sounded good.

This was very nice, the perfect size for a starter. The shrimp taste was very nice and not overpowering and the added sauce just added that extra nice flavour.

I really enjoyed this and would have it again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Main Course

Maki Deluxe 150 LEI
6p California Maki, 4p Philadelphia Maki, 4p Creveti si Avocado Maki, 4p Ton Picant Maki, 3p Creveti Tempura Maki, 2p Anghila Uramaki, 2p Somon Uramaki, 2p Creveti Uramaki

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For my main I opted for this, and no I didn’t have it all to myself even though I could probably have taken it all…..I shared it with my girlfriend.

I loved this!!!! every mouthful was very nice and again with the added dip wow amazing!!!

There was one of them that stood out from the rest, and I wish I knew what one it was as I wish I would have had more of this type.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall

My first visit to a Zen Sushi and I was very impressed, everything was fresh, the service was very good and I enjoyed my evening here.

If I am ever back in Bucharest I will visit here again and try some more dishes.

Review Scores – 

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

Nippon Kitchen (Glasgow) : Review

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91 West George Street
Glasgow G2 1PB
City Centre

T : 0141 328 3113
W : www.nipponrestaurant.co.uk

Visit Date : 5 March 2017

Today I needed my Nippon Kitchen fix, as I had just been to the Blythswood Square Gin Festival and was hungry.

I always find I am very relaxed here, and enjoy the atmosphere and more so the food which is why I keep coming back. I did enquire if Nippon Kitchen has a Twitter account, but at the time of writing this they still don’t but you can find them on Facebook.

I am going to shock you all, well the ones that are regular readers of my blog…..I had 3 different dishes…..hope you were sitting down reading that part.

Starter :

Yasai Korokee (V) : £4.50
Sweet potato cakes deep fried in panic breadcrumbs, served with Japanese fruity sauce and mayonnaise.

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This was very light, and had a nice flavour. The sauce was really good, and boosted the flavour that little more.

Portion size it was perfect for a starter.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 3.5

Main :

10 Piece Special Maki Sushi : £11.00
Crispy soft shell crab and tempura king prawns rolled with cucumber and mayonnaise topped with fresh king prawn and sesame seeds.

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Can you really go wrong with sushi? yes you can but anytime I have had it here its been perfect.

This was a smaller size for me, and also a different style of sushi than I normally have.

I really like this, the flavour was really good and the tempura king prawns added a really nice taste and texture to each bite. The rice was perfect as it didn’t fall apart, which I have found a few places in Glasgow this happens.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Drink :

Coconut Juice

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I decided to try this knowing nothing about it, apart from it should taste like Coconut.

I was very surprised with this, as the flavour was not overpowering and it was very thirst quenching. As you can see by the photo there are little bits at the bottom of the glass, these are actual coconut pieces.

I can’t remember the cost but it was under £5, when I return I will remember to take note.

Overall :

Overall another very satisfied visit to Nippon Kitchen, the service etc were all very good today and I am glad I tried a few new different dishes.

Nippon is still my current favourite in Glasgow for Japanese and Sushi.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4