Friends Chinese Cafe
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.
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.
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