78 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5UB. Tel +44 (0)141 248 7878. Fax: +44 (0)141 248 4663. Open 7 days, Sunday-Thursday 12-3pm & 5-10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-3pm & 5-10. 30pm. „
Admittedly it was lunch on a weekday that we went for, perhaps not the best time, but an establishment that considers itself to be any good should be able to produce the goods at any time. Had read the reviews in the List and thought this might be a good place to take a friend of ours (a visitor of Glasgow, just in for a day) for a spot of lunch.
Inital impressions were promising. Very central, an easy walk from George Square, 78 St. Vincent Street is an airy room on two levels with leather banquettes, ceiling-length windows, tiles on the wall and sufficient dark wood to make it appear impressively Olde Worlde.
We opted for a-la-carte though they do have 2- and 3-course set lunches, probably better value for money.
Starter of haggis+neeps+tatties came in the expected trio tower surrounded by a sea of mustard-tinged sauce. Considering that this was Glasgow, the product was disappointing: little flavour or texture in the veg mash and the haggis was little better. Overmuch sauce and lacking any single memorable taste.
Steak with bearnaise sauce: great piece of meat well cooked but ruined by the sauce. Great thick-cut chips and a passable salad that didn't look like it had too much effort spent on it.
My dining partners opted for ravioli and chicken Caesar salad which, though by no means awful, were equally by no means exceptional.
Dessert of pear and almond tart truly awful: obviously reheated from last night - stodgy and completely uninspiring. Ice creams were average.
Overall bill of £70 for three including a pint of lager, a slimline tonic and a bottle of still mineral water.
Service was perfectly adequate though a little too informal and lacking in any real warmth.