January 26, 2016 Chinese, Glasgow, soup No Comments

Friends Chinese Cafe

Exterior

Exterior

When on my way to catch up on the inspirational work at Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit, I came across Friends Chinese Cafe, on the High Street. I popped in to give it a try.

With a lunchtime deal of two courses for £5.50, this sounded like good value to me. Unsurprisingly, the place was busy, with a mix of folks for whom Chinese is the mother cuisine, students, and folks from local offices, including a good few people from the nearby hospital. There was a mix of sit-in and takeaway customers.

I opened with chicken noodle soup. This brought together soft noodles and strips of lean chicken in an aromatic broth. It was a really pleasing opener.

Soup

Soup

My main course was salt and pepper chicken balls with rice. The balls were essentially posh chicken nuggets, with succulent chicken encased in shard-crisp batter. The rice was packed with flavour and topped with crunchy peanuts. This made for highly enjoyable eating.

So overall, Friends Cafe was a really good find. I enjoyed both dishes I tried and the price was impressively low. It’s a great, informal lunch spot with a friendly welcome and quick service. I’d be glad to visit again and would urge you to give it a go.

Chicken and rice

Chicken and rice

Scores
Blythe scores Friends
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

I ate: chicken noodle soup; salt and pepper chicken ball

I drank: tea

I wore: stripes

Total bill: £6.90

Address: 273 High Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G4 0QS

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Written by BKR