I was joined by regular quester Tim and first time guest Gavin. We found the please quite busy when we arrived, but we had a choice of seats across the smart split-level premises. We took a table on the ground floor and contemplated the menus.
There was a quite range of different options with a fixed price lunch menu alongside a set of soup and sandwich combos.
Gavin chose the hoi sin chicken salad, Tim opted for sweet potato, carrot and coriander soup and some chips, while I chose the fish finger sandwich with chicken and veg soup.
Things swiftly arrived looking pretty good. My first attention was to the soup. Chicken and vegetable is sometimes in the realms of a “soup of utility” and therefore a slightly disappointing mish-mash, but this was really good with a lovely rustic texture and good notes of meaty chicken. It made for very enjoyable eating.
The fish finger sandwich was pretty good, too. It didn’t quite match up to the Blackfriars fish burger, but it was a very pleasing item, nevertheless.
Sadly, Gavin didn’t have as much luck as he found his salad lacking in pizzazz and rather sparsely populated with chicken. Tim had better luck with the other soup, and aside from his grumble about wanting to salt his own chips rather than them arriving pre-seasoned, he was pleased with things.
So overall, aside from one dud dish, Left Bank served us very well. I was impressed with the quality on offer and the welcome was extremely friendly. I’d be happy to eat here again as it offers a good range of options to suit a range of tastes and needs.
Blythe scores Left Bank
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
We ate: hoisin chicken and salad; sweet potato soup, chips; fish finger baguette, chicken and veg soup
We drank: sparkly water, lemonade, diet cola
We wore: shirt, tie, jumper (2), striped socks
Total bill: £26.55
Address: 33-35 Gibson Street, West End, Glasgow G12 8NU