Tuesday 18 October 2016

Dinner at Marco Pierre White, Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Glasgow

I recently received an invitation from Marco Pierre White, Steakhouse Bar & Grill ("Marco's") to come along and try out their a la carte menu. I've been to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill on Dawson Street in Dublin a few times and loved it so I was really excited about this invitation. My good friend and fellow food blogger, Little Ms Glasgow Girl (aka Lisa) came along with me to try it. I love bringing a fellow foodie to this kind of thing as I know they won't be bored out of their minds talking about my favourite topic ... Food (and it also makes taking food pics so much easier). So we arrived in and were greeted with a very friendly welcome and shown to our table. 

I will admit, I had looked at the menu before I went so I kinda knew what I was going to have but I still spent some time looking over it. There is loads to choose from. Chris, our waiter spoke through the menu with us and as a result I changed my main course. Lisa and I decided that one of us would have steak and the other would have a different dish just to try out as many dishes as possible. As Lisa loves her steak medium and I love mine cremated I decided that maybe she was best placed to try the steak in a Steakhouse and I'd have the chicken. For starters we had the salad of beetroot, goats' cheese and the warm baked Camembert. Both dishes looked really really pretty - mind you the portion sizes were very different. Lisa's goat's cheese salad was a little on the small side and my Camembert was huge. Lisa loved her goats' cheese and thought it was really tasty. My Camembert was just delicious - so tasty. I love cheese and especially love Camembert. 

For mains Lisa went for the ribeye, medium with peppercorn sauce and I went for the Chicken A La Forestiere. Lisa's steak came with homemade pomme frites and a classic steakhouse green salad with merlot dressing. Lisa loved her steak and it was cooked to her satisfaction, she thought the chips were really tasty as well. The only drawback was the very depressed looking salad ... I know it was billed as a classic steakhouse green salad but seriously it really looked very very rustic and not the cool and hip rustic that we have become used to (or for a Mary Berry ism - it was very informal). My chicken was billed as a roast chicken supreme, wild mushrooms, wilted baby spinach, potatoes Dauphinoise. I really loved my dish, the chicken was so moist and tasty. The spinach, which sometimes can be nondescript, was delicious, I loved it. The potatoes Dauphinoise were great. Everything on my plate was cooked really well and whilst it wasn't a fancy dish it was very well executed.

So next up was dessert - we didn't really have a lot of room but for the sake of research we forced ourselves to have a dessert each (yes it was in the name of research). Lisa went for Mr White's Rice Pudding - which she thought was tasty and that it was a huge portion, I thought it lacked a lot on presentation though. I must admit I'm not the biggest fan of rice pudding though but seriously nothing about it appealed to me. I went for Mr Coulson's Sticky Toffee Pudding, I thought the dessert was nice, nothing special but nice. The presentation was lovely with a little jug of butterscotch sauce so I could have as much or as little of the sauce as I wanted. 

Food rating: 4/5.

The service here was very attentive, mind you the restaurant wasn't very busy but I would expect it to be the same on a busy night. My water was kept topped up all the time (you know if you read my blog regularly that this is a big issue for me). Chris our waiter was great and thoroughly went through the menu with us, answering all our questions. Service rating: 4/5.  

Atmosphere wise, this is a funny place - it is very pretty but it does seem to be lacking something on the atmosphere front - I don't know if it is the high ceilings or what but it certainly does lack something. The decor is lovely and elegant but I get a 'vanilla' kind of feel from the place. When we first went in there was only one other table occupied but as the night went on more and more people arrived in but this still didn't do anything for the atmosphere. I've been here before and felt the same about it. I do actually feel bad saying this as the restaurant is beautiful and it is kept lovely and clean but ... Atmosphere rating 3/5.

As I was invited to sample Marco’s dishes I did not pay for my meal so I'm not going to rate the price aspect of it. However from looking at the menu I would say that everything is very reasonably priced, certainly for the quality and quantity of food.

Last Words
The food here was lovely, I do feel that they are stronger on starters and mains and not as strong on desserts. And I still can't put my finger on what it is about the atmosphere that I find bland, but in saying all that I did really enjoy my meal and the service was really good so I think it is worth visiting. Total rating: 15 out of 20 (I converted 11 out of 15 into a figure out of 20 (and rounded it) so it is in line with all my other reviews).  

Date Visited: Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Restaurant Details:-
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill,
75 Waterloo Street,
G2 7DA

Website: click HERE
Telephone: 0141 226 7726 

Finally, whilst I was invited to try out the Marco's and did not have to pay for my meal my review is unbiased and independent and a true reflection of my experience on the night. 

Thanks a mil for reading.

Emma mai xx

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