After a hugely enjoyable day in Clydebank, basking in the glory of finest health literacy minds from across the lands, I was running on vapours and ready to fall down dead. Prior to that, there was the small matter of taking on board enough sustenance to ensure I could negotiate the final few steps home.
Having returned to Glasgow’s city centre we stumbled around for a bit before alighting upon Mediterraneo on Ingram Street.
Tonight’s party comprised regular guest quester Graham along with Alison and Richard, who had joined previously at Mother India.
We found Mediterraneo in vibrant form with a busy restaurant filled with early evening diners. It’s quite a smart place with a mix of booths and tables. The welcome was warm and we were shown to a booth that was buried in its depths, just near the bathrooms.
We had the choice of their full a la carte and an abbreviated set menu. We all opted for the former, which offered the usual breadth you’d expect from an Italian menu along with a peppering of Scottish “delicacies”. Alison was tickled by the mention of a haggis on toast dish, but wasn’t feeling quite brave enough to order it, so I was delighted to do so.
Richard opted for the minestrone, Graham chose the funghi ripieni, while Alison picked a classic insalata caprese. For mains it was pizza for me and pasta for everyone else.
Starters arrived and I think I probably came out the winner. Alison’s and Richard’s both looked pretty routine and Graham’s mushroom balls looked a bit odd, but my haggis on toast topped with a poached egg and bacon pieces was pretty good. The balsamic dressing was a bit over the top and it was a dish that was likely better served at breakfast time, but it was still a good fit for my requirements.
I think I came out on top with the main courses, too. The stuffed pasta dishes looked rather drowned in thick sauces, so my egg-topped pizza (clearly my body was yelling PROTEIN at me) was satisfyingly good. The egg was nicely runny, the topping profuse and the base decently light. It hit the spot.
Service throughout was pretty patchy, with a degree of confusion about what we’d ordered and what should be delivered, but one friendly waitress did seem to know what she was doing so just about kept things on track.
So overall, perhaps aided by excessive tiredness I did pretty well with Mediterraneo while I think the rest of the party didn’t fare quite so well. It’s a place with a good buzz but has some room for improvement to service and some of their dishes. It did the job, filled my belly, and gave us a good opportunity for a productive natter, so I was thankful for that.
Blythe scores Mediterraneo
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
Today’s questers were: Alison, Graham, Richard, Blythe
We ate: haggis tostado, funghi ripieni, insalata caprese, minestrone, retangolli al salmone e aneto (2), panciotti con melanzane, fiorentina pizza
We drank: diet cola, water, house red, coffees
We wore: health literacy robes of office
Total bill: £89.80
Address: 159 Ingram Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1DW