Some days my questing ways take me to some rather swanky spots. Other days, like today, I have a train to catch, so a trip to the Princes Mall food court has to suffice.
I’d visited this depressing location on a couple of previous occasions, most recently when eating at Harry Ramsden’s.
Today’s choice was Spud-u-like, a place that got me curiously misty eyed. When I was growing up, there was a Spud-u-like at the foot of my street, and the family of potato people that formed their logo was a source of not inconsiderable fascination for me. I only vaguely remember eating there, but the smell of the place (that unmistakable melted cheese tang) lives long in the memory.
Anyway, it had been a good while since I’d sampled their wares, and was sad to see that the potato people were no longer at the heart of their marketing material.
Having negotiated a short queue, I was soon placing my order at their counter. Service worked quite efficiently, with one person taking orders and cash, and the other filling the potatoes with the requested fillings. Today’s special was spicy chicken and sweetcorn, so I was happy to go with that, as £2.99 seemed an attractively inexpensive price.
With the transaction completed, I was soon aboard a Fife-bound train, taking snaps of my tattie, then tucking in.
The filling was generous and surprisingly good. It had some decently warm spice to it. The potato was good in the middle, but the skin lacked crispness and was a bit challenging to cut with plastic cutlery. Rotato is still comfortably in the lead in terms of crispy-skinned tattie goodness, but this did the job quite nicely.
So overall, Spud-u-like brought back a happy childhood memory for me, so I enjoyed my visit. It wasn’t the world’s most elegant lunch, but it was filling and tasty. £2.99 represented a very fair price, so I was left contented by the experience.
Blythe scores Spud-u-like
3.5/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
2/5 for setting
giving an overall 11.5/20
I ate: baked potato with spicy chicken and sweetcorn
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £2.99