I have read a number of previous reviews and there are certainly a few stinkers in there , a recurring gripe being the noise levels . The trick is to try to avoid eating here on Fridays and Saturdays when the noise can indeed become deafening. The room itself is nothing special - a bit modern lounge meets lively bar. The low ceiling can only exacerbate noise levels .
But hold on , this is a five star review ( my first I believe , not a man given to effusive praise ) so why the negatives ? Well , nowhere is perfect so that's the negatives addressed - they are really not of great consequence in the overall scheme of things . Let's deal with the principal reason for visiting a restaurant - the food ! We visited on a Thursday night when the restaurant was half full , mainly with families. Service was very efficient and all servers were pleasant , attentive and engaged.
I ordered the Caprese salad to start .None of your tasteless, rubber mozzarella here - the proper buffalo version and a generous portion too .My wife positively wolfed down the bresaola which was again well proportioned. As a main I took the Italian sausage and porcini mushroom risotto , a large steaming plate , generously garnished with parmesan shavings and with the additional flavour enhancement of strategically placed balsamic scoring - wow , what a dish ! Flavours abounding , food piping hot and no parsimony of portion - nice one ! My wife was equally delighted with her prawn linguine which was very well presented and extremely flavoursome. We really shouldn't have taken dessert but we were on a roll so what better than that much vaunted Italian classic .............a slice of Caramel Shortcake and vanilla ice cream ! A nice wee fusion pudding !
In terms of drinks , I took my usual pint of Peroni , my wife a large glass of Merlot and we shared a 750 ml bottle of sparkling water .
Some folks have been moaning about the prices in this establishment and I am a man that likes to get plenty of bang for my buck .However , to have a three course meal of that quality, with drinks , combined with impeccable service and to have change out of £60 , isn't too bad at all in my book .
We have eaten here several times before and the food has been consistently to a very high standard - it has to be , as they have stern competition two miles up the road in Milngavie , in the shape of Andiamos.
We will continue to return , anticipating more excellent experiences.
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