Apologies for the lack of posts in the last 19 months. Rest assured that I have not stopped eating! It has just been a busy period with house-hunting, then moving, then furnishing and decorating, moving jobs and all that jazz. To be honest, I probably did have time to start blogging again much earlier than now, but it’s so difficult to get back into something you haven’t done for so long. But I am very excited to be blogging about food again – please bear with me as I slowly ease myself back! And don’t forget to check out the Glasgow Gourmet Facebook page where there will likely be more action than this blog!
Apparently Red Onion is one of Derren Brown’s favourites in Glasgow so being fans of Derren, the Hubby and I have been meaning to try this restaurant for a while.
For his starter, the Hubby went for the French onion soup which he does tend to gravitate towards if it’s on the menu. I really should try to make it myself one day. We were in London the previous week and he had a really delicious French onion soup at Whits which the one at Red Onion couldn’t really compare with. Red Onion’s version was tasty (but perhaps too peppery) and had what you would expect from a French onion soup but it was very “flat” and didn’t have any depth of flavour. I think the Hubby would have been happy with it if he hadn’t tasted a much better version the week before. Does anyone else think that the giant cheesy crouton looks like a pineapple ring?!
I went for the bang bang chicken salad which was unusual for me because I generally don’t order chicken when I eat out. The only other thing I fancied on the menu were the scallops with chorizo, but I had just had scallops for lunch the previous day so I steered away from it. The salad was very good – light and refreshing, and the peanut dressing brought everything together nicely. It wasn’t exactly a revolutionary dish but it was satisfying and just the right amount for me (so perhaps a little on the small side for a bigger and hungrier man!).
For mains, the Hubby had initially eyed up the steak frites but decided to go for the braised beef instead. Having toyed with ordering either that or the sea bass, I was very happy with his decision as it meant that I could try both! I exercised no influence over his choice, of course! Or so he thinks…! The beef was excellent – full of flavour and just fell apart, and the sauce was lovely and rich. The champ potatoes were OK – Grill On The Corner used to do an amazing champ which they have disappointingly removed from their menu and we just haven’t been able to find another place which does as a good a champ! I thought the vegetables were nicely cooked but the Hubby would have liked the parsnips to have been a little softer.
My sea bass and risotto were pretty good. A generous portion of fish and it was cooked well – the only complaint I have is that the skin could have been crispier. The risotto was nice – possibly slightly on the more al dente side which I like but I think it might have felt a little underdone to some people. Also, I’m almost certain that the crayfish had been replaced by prawns, which I didn’t mind but the waitress should have maybe mentioned it when I ordered the dish.
We dined from what I believe was the pre-theatre menu so when it came to ordering desserts, we were given the same menu to choose from. We actually had a Living Social voucher which entitled us to a starter and main course (plus a glass of Prosecco) each, so we asked to see the a la carte menu for the desserts.
The Hubby went for the chocolate brownie. Both the pre-theatre menu and the a la carte menu included this option, but the former specified an accompaniment of vanilla ice cream and the latter came with honeycomb ice cream. Living on the edge, the Hubby didn’t say which one he wanted (such a daredevil) and ended up with the honeycomb ice cream. His dessert was really good – brownie was gooey and the ice cream went well with it.
I love affogato and find it quite hard not to order it when I see it on the menu (and this was only available on the a la carte menu). It’s such a simple thing that I could easily do at home but I can’t explain it. I just love it. The shot of espresso came separately which is a must for me – I need to pour it myself and not have the ice cream sitting in the coffee when it arrives in front of me. Unfortunately, the ice cream was not really to my liking and I don’t mean this as a slight against the ice cream – I tried to explain this to the Hubby and he just didn’t get it so no doubt, not many of you would understand either. The ice cream was too creamy. Yep, I said it. It sounds even more ridiculous in writing. I don’t like really creamy ice cream.
All in all, our meal at Red Onion was enjoyable but I wouldn’t be rushing back to it again anytime soon. If you fancied it, I would say that it would be worth trying to see what you think, but don’t be expecting anything spectacular. The service was fine but nothing to write home about. We paid £25 for the voucher and the desserts cost us £13.50 so the cost of the meal totalled £38.50 (plus drinks and tip). The pre-theatre menu is normally £13.95 for two courses and £16.95 for three courses, so the voucher didn’t actually work out to be an amazing deal after all (although it did include a glass of Prosecco each which I wasn’t that fussed about).