Babs (Glasgow) Pre Launch Bloggers Event

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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

Mezze (Glasgow) 2nd Visit : Review

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28A Tunnel Street
Finnieston, Glasgow
G3 8HL

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Website : glasgowrotunda.com/mezze-glasgow/
Twitter : @MezzeGlasgow

Visit Date : 17th March 2017

So the previous bloggers night, I decided to book for tonight as I was seeing a show at the SECC and I liked the food so it was a win win situation.

Tonight I arrived and were seated in the same seats as last nights blogger event, so another evening with a nice view. Again just like last night, the atmosphere was very relaxing and I was looking forward to trying some there dishes Mezze has to offer.

Starter :

Lamb Keftedes £5.40
meatballs – tomato sauce

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I never had this at the blogger event, so night I wanted to order different dishes so I could see if the others were just as nice as last nights.

This was a nice portion, though I am not sure if this was for two or just for one as we ordered two and only got the one dish. If this was for one, then it was very good value for money.

The flavour was nice, the meatballs were nice on their own but adding the sauce helped bring out the flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Main :

Calamari with Tarator Dip £5.90

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I love Calamari and get very disappointed by a restaurant if they don’t do it right, some places are nice but the taste is bland where others its too chewy but they have the taste.

On arrival I liked the presentation, it looked very nice and appealing to the eyes.

To taste, this was very nice. The calamari was not chewy and the batter was perfect, the dip added to the flavour very nicely and I really enjoyed this.

Overall :

I did order a sweet, but what it arrived I noticed it contained nuts. The menu description didn’t mention this which was a shame as if did I would have ordered something else.

This day and age with some many allergies I think it would have been better to mention this, even if the waitress or waiter that night asked “are you ok with nuts as it contains it”.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4.5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 4.5
  • Overall : 4.5

Mezze (Glasgow) Pre Launch Blogger Night : Review

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28A Tunnel Street
Finnieston, Glasgow
G3 8HL

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Websiteglasgowrotunda.com/mezze-glasgow/
Twitter@MezzeGlasgow

Event Date : 16th March 2017

I was very lucky recently to be invited to the pre launch night at Mezze, this was held on the 16th March and the official opening was on the 17th.

Mezze is a relaxed Mediterranean rooftop restaurant and bar set on the top floor of the iconic Rotunda complex with the most spectacular views of the River Clyde and Glasgow.

Open from 12 noon until late expect casual dining with exciting mezze-style small plates cooked on our chargrill.

Mezze is situated on the top floor of the Glasgow Rotunda, I have only ever walked passed this building ash this was my first time going inside.

First Impressions :

On entering you see the centre which has been set up with seats, and above this is a beautiful starry centre area.

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To the left of this is the reception, followed by the bar and eating area.

I was a little early so I saw it without anyone, and it had a very relaxing and welcoming feel and look.

The Event :

Once we were in we were shown to the table, we were seated and it was time to look around and take some photos.

After a few minutes we were invited to go back to the centre and get a welcome Gin.

To my surprise it was Makar Gin, I was introduced to this gin at the recent Blythswood Hotel Gin Festival.

The girl that was here was Clair, who was also doing the main presentation at the Gin Festival so it was nice to see her again and have a chat.

My Gin and tonic used the Makar Gin “Old Tom” as I liked this at the previous event.

We then moved to the next table, this one had a selection of jars filled with dips and to learn about them. The jars were in two groups of three and consisted of the following :

Greek Sampler

  • tzatziki
  • tarama
  • melanzana

Turkish Sampler

  • houmous
  • muhhamara
  • pancar ezmesi

I tried a few but not all as I didn’t want to come over as a pig, but the Greek dips were more my favourite. From the Turkish dips I really loved the muhhamara, this was a really good.

Next we had to choose a sampler that was sent back to our table, the Greek was selected.

After enjoying the samples we headed back to our seats, to enjoy the dips at the table. After a short time the food started to come out.

The Food :

Chicken Souvlaki
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This was like a greek chicken kabab, the chicken was cooked perfectly and had a lot of nice flavours.

Seafood Saganaki
Seafood Stew, Tomato and feta

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WOW!!!! this was my favourite dish of the night, this was packed with flavours and the sauce with feta was amazing. A solid 10/10 for me.

Greek Potato Salad

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I am not that much of a fan of potatoes, but its was nice for what it was.

Orzo Pilaf
A rice shaped pasta

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Not much flavour for me for this dish, but it was very pleasant and very light.

Overall I was very impressed with the food tonight, my favourites were the dips and the Seafood Saganaki.

On my return I would like to try the seafood dish again, but I would like to also try a few different dished.

Drinks

After the meal we were asked to go and try some beer and wines, so we moved to the drinking area and started the next part of the event.

The Beer : 

I only tried the one beer tonight, the Volkan beer. This was a light beer with a nice caramel after taste.

I would like to try the others on my next visit.

The Wine : 

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I am not much of a wine drinker, if I do I tend to go for Rose.

I tried two wines tonight, Paranga and Akakies one was white and the other Rose.

Both wines were very nice, the Paranga was a nice light and easy to drink wine. The Akakies was my favourite of the night, as it was very light and sweet which I really like.

Overall :

This was a bloggers event and the food and drinks were free, so I can’t comment on cost but I will do on my next visit.

I have to say that I have been to a few blogger events, but this one I felt the most relaxed and the staff were very friendly which helped me really enjoy the evening.

I will definitely be coming back here, everything tonight was really good. I loved the food, and felt very relaxed it was a perfect evening for me.

A big thanks to Mezze for tonight, and the food and drinks.

At the time of posting this Mezze are now open, so do check them out.

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