Thursday 30 June 2016

Lunch at Singl-end, Glasgow City

My friend was over for a few days and I wanted to show her what Glasgow had to offer, so we spent a day eating our way around the city. I had planned to go to Singl-end for lunch, I had a vague idea as to where it was and understood that it was a bit of a walk so off we went. I was a little concerned about getting a seat as it was 1 o'clock when we were arriving but thankfully once we found it there was plenty of availability for us. I loved this place from the minute I walked in. I was surprised at how big it was - in my head I had thought it was going to be a small place. When you walk in the door you are greeted with the smell of lovely freshly baked bread and cakes and then you see them displayed. Straight away I decided that whatever I was having had to come with bread and that I was having cake after lunch. 

There is such a comprehensive menu here, you even get to choose from 9 different types of bread. The All day menu includes dishes such as porridge; eggs done loads of different ways; cooked breakfasts; smoothies; open sandwiches and daily specials. I decided to go for the veggie spicey baked eggs and my friend Noreen went for egg's benedict. My photos don't do the food justice - I think there was something on my camera. My first reaction when my lunch was put down in front of me was that I won't have room for any cake - the portion size was HUGE. My food was lovely and tasty, great texture and cooked to perfection. I must admit I didn't find the dish spicy and to be honest I would have preferred if there was a bit more of a kick from it. Also I was a little disappointed with the bread - I'm not sure what it was, I think it could have been the texture. But all in all it was a lovely dish. Noreen's egg's Benedict was lovely - I couldn't resist trying out the sweet potato that was part of the dish in place of a crumpet. Food rating 4/5.

Service was really good here. Staff were so friendly and welcoming. There was a jug of water and glasses on the table even before we took our seats which if you read my blogs you know is a big positive for me. On another note - when butter was brought out for our bread it was soft - I'm so used to getting hard butter straight from the fridge that you can't spread so this was a pleasant change. Service rating: 4.5/5.

The atmosphere is lovely here, from the smell of freshly baked goods to the cool and quirky interior. The female bathrooms need to get a special mention to - the taps are amazing! The restaurant itself it bright and airy with lovely high ceilings. As I was leaving I noticed a little side room with a couch and a couple of chairs - this side room is the total opposite to the main restaurant, it is dark and has no natural light - however it is a lovely looking room. I could imagine sitting in one of the comfy chairs with a cup of something and having a long leisurely chat. Atmosphere rating: 4/5.

We had two dishes and one coffee, the total cost of the meal was £19.80. I think this is a great price for the quality of the food, the great services and the huge portions. Price rating: 5/5.

Last Words
This is a great spot and I really can't wait to go back to try out more of the menu and to have some cake (or a lot of cake). It is a little out of the way - not a problem for me or my companion on the day but I'm guessing it might be too much of walk for some. I'm delighted to see that even though it is out of the way it is doing very well. I did notice when I was paying the bill that it is owned by the same people as the Butterfly and the Pig and if you know me, you will know that both the Butterfly and the Pig in Shawlands and town are regular haunts of mine and that I'm particularly fond of them so it is probably no surprise that I'm loving Singl-end. Total rating:- 17.5 out of 20.

Date Visited: Friday, 10 June 2016.

Restaurant Details:
265 Renfrew Street,
G3 6TT.

Telephone:- 0141 353 1277

Thanks a mil for reading.

Emma Mai xx

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