My approach to dining in Glasgow has now pretty much levelled out with my Edinburgh approach. It involves two elements: aimless wandering; and the phrase “that’ll do”.
Today’s duo led me to Qua, on Ingram Street, where the second element was precipitated by mention of a £5.95 two course set lunch menu.
We have a couple of places in Edinburgh offering similar deals, namely Jolly and Bar Napoli. They add in a scoop or two of ice cream to make it a three course deal, but given my general eschewal of desserts, this two course offer suited me perfectly.
There were plenty of options, with a few choices that incurred small supplements, which is both to be expected and welcomed. I was very happy to go with what was available, as it included soup and pizza options that looked likely to please.
There were two soup choices, with either the soup of the day or a minestrone. I opted for the latter. It proved to be a good selection, as once topped generously with parmesan, the dish was packed with flavour. The broth was slightly thin and oily, but it was generously filled with good chunky vegetables, making for very enjoyable spoonfuls.
The pizza, of the pepperoni variety, was very good, too. The base was fresh and nicely fired, with a good softness to it, lending itself to the fold-and-shove-faceward method, which I duly employed. The pepperoni had a nice amount of oily goodness, giving things a really pleasing moistness, packed with flavourful joy.
So overall, I was really impressed with the lunchtime value on offer at Qua. I had two good courses for a really attractive price. Service was grand, the place is modern, stylish and quirky, with some nice wood and stone design elements, making it a great place for relaxed, informal dining. I’d be happy to recommend that you pay it a visit.
Blythe scores Qua
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: minestrone, pepperoni pizza
I drank: water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £5.95