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turquloise
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:04 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 22 Mar 2007 Posts: 22 Location: glasgow
yup, i second teamy's recommendation of kokuryo. the dol sot bi bim bap is indeed excellent. they also do delivery, but if you get the bibimbap delivered you don't get the lovely crust on the bottom of the rice. still delicious though. and it will always hold a special place in my heart because my sweetheart and i got delivery from there the night we got engaged. ahh... right i want some kimchi now...

as several other people have said, mother india's cafe is awesome. great for going with a load of friends. last time i went they had this prawn dish on the specials menu - king prawn achari i think - and it was one of the best things i have ever tasted. highly recommended if it is on the menu again, but then again, everything they do is pretty damn good.

however the best restaurant i have been to in glasgow has to be the bistro at one devonshire gardens. fucking hell... words can't really do justice to that dining experience, it was just all sublime. one for special occasions only. it's pretty dear.
stravaigin is a resounding favourite for still-special but slightly less-wallet-busting special occasions. always something new and interesting on the menu, and it's one of the only places i ever have dessert. mmm, pineapple upside-down cake...

where the monkey sleeps is certainly the best place to get a sandwich in town.

as for disappointing meals, oko express is indeed pretty crap. i had an unremarkable lunch there (the sushi was pretty disgusting in fact) and i wasn't well at all that night. not wanting to be libellous, but i think the sushi might have had something to do with it...
never going back, ever. which is a shame cos i liked the original oko and it would be nice if there was still a conveyer-belt sushi place in glasgow. or is there one i don't know about?
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iainhasaface
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:58 pm Reply with quote
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I feel that they just slap some rice down and whack some fish or veggies on top in OKO Express. The most important thing about Sushi is fragrancing the rice (the term 'Sushi' does not actually mean 'raw fish' but 'fragranced rice', common misconception) and from my experiences they've never done it. I agree turquloise, It is a massive shame considering the original OKO was something to be proud of.

This was my last attempt at sushi. Lightings not perfect, but i'm quite chuffed with the results - http://www.flickr.com/photos/iainhasaface/2109091268/

Mingo, sorry if i offended you, i didn't mean to. It's just never catered to my tastes. I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to food, sorry if it seemed otherwise.

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iainhasaface
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:11 pm Reply with quote
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Shit! HOW could we forget MacSorleys?

Best pub grub in the city, hands down!

Sorry, you've got me talking about food now...i loves my foods.

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mein crustacean
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:51 pm Reply with quote
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Had quite a lot of nice meals out recently but i can't see past the left bank for a great feed, varied menu and won't burst the bank.

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Music:Response
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:36 pm Reply with quote
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LB's weird. More than anywhere, I've heard extraordinarily mixed reports on it. Curiousity's gotten the better of me, so I shall be going tomorrow night to find out!

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iainhasaface
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:02 pm Reply with quote
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aye me too. i've only ever had breakfast there and it was excellent, but i've heard people say that it can be disappointing. I'll maybe venture down at some point, i mean i only live 5 minutes away from the bloody place.

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Mozza
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:35 pm Reply with quote
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turquloise wrote:

which is a shame cos i liked the original oko and it would be nice if there was still a conveyer-belt sushi place in glasgow. or is there one i don't know about?


Totally agree about the new oko, its totally shite and overpriced. There is a conveyer-belt sushi place - yo! sushi has opened in that silverburn shopping centre on the south side, kinda out the way unless you have a car.

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Mozza
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:36 pm Reply with quote
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iainhasaface wrote:
I feel that they just slap some rice down and whack some fish or veggies on top in OKO Express. The most important thing about Sushi is fragrancing the rice (the term 'Sushi' does not actually mean 'raw fish' but 'fragranced rice', common misconception) and from my experiences they've never done it. I agree turquloise, It is a massive shame considering the original OKO was something to be proud of.

This was my last attempt at sushi. Lightings not perfect, but i'm quite chuffed with the results - http://www.flickr.com/photos/iainhasaface/2109091268/

Mingo, sorry if i offended you, i didn't mean to. It's just never catered to my tastes. I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to food, sorry if it seemed otherwise.


My best mate makes his own sushi too, it tastes so much better fresh!

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iainhasaface
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:57 pm Reply with quote
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indeed!

yo! sushi is a branch of sushi restraunts, i tried one down in London a while ago. It's ok, nothing to write home about. Though i must investigate any sushi outlet that comes into town, who fancies it?

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Ms. Mingo-go
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:40 pm Reply with quote
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I thought this whole thread was meant to be about value for money? I don't think Mono or Grass Roots is great value for money. I do like Grass Roots, but I do think it's steep for what you get.

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Ms. Mingo-go
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:46 pm Reply with quote
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Oh, and Left Bank is the best food in Glasgow. I have heard the odd report that the staff aren't up to it or you wait to long, but that was when it first opened. Sometimes you do wait...cos the place is very busy. But for the money, it's the best place I've ever been to in this town. I've never eaten anything there that wasn't absolutely gorgeous. When it first opened, I used to eat there about 3 times a week! And it's nowhere near my flat!

I don't know why anyone is even mentioning Stravaigin or whatever .... I thought this was about "under a tenner".

I have heard many great things about Kokoyu or whatever....but sadly, it's in a very out of the way part of town and I've not made it there yet.

I've never been blown away by anything in Mother India, but it's all been solid. I don't recall it being particularly cheap though. curry in Glasgow is fucking overpriced. if you're going to whack down cash on curry, just go to dahkin or Dhabba on Candleriggs. It's nothing like the rest. That place someone mentioned as South Indian sounds real interesting though!

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Music:Response
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:50 pm Reply with quote
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I'm sorry, but where the hell did it say this thread was about cheap meals?! I sometimes can't understand where these deluded ideas come from. Stanners created the thread to recommend a restaurant he likes, hence the title. Some people spoke about reasonable food, but I guess no one realised that means you're not allowed to mention One Devonshire Gardens or The Buttery

Grassroots costs around 1, possibly 1.50 more a main course than the 13th Note and the difference is quality is worth far more than that. I honestly have not heard such twaddle spoken about Glaswegian cuisine in quite some time [apart from what you said about Ad Lib. their burgers are excellent]

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stanley_kubrick
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:57 pm Reply with quote
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I went to 78 a long time ago, must have been at least 5 years. Wasn't itcalled 78 Renfield St or something? Yes its nice inside with the murals and all. I was with four people and we all sent the soup back as it was far too sweet but it was probably before the days of your brother.


And if you are interested in quality and value, I suggest joining the Stanley Casino. 3 course pre theatre dinner for 7 that I would happily pay 17 for. Stay away from the gambling though.

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Mozza
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:11 pm Reply with quote
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78 St Vincent Street

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devo
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:12 pm Reply with quote
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Another good one is the chinese on George st charing cross(cant mind the name). I eat there a couple of times a week.
Pork and rice, Seafood soup, soft shell crab all excellent.
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