Peg-Leg on the move!
For the first time in ages, Blythe and I had the joy of dining out in a different city that we both happened to be in. This evening he came to meet me at the Go Glasgow Urban hotel where I was holed up for the evening.
The hotel is in a random part of the city that one would, perhaps, not venture upon, but inside there is a gem of a restaurant complete with a Josper grill. The first thing to say is that the wait staff were lovely and took care to sit me somewhere that I could have plenty of room and safe space for the leg, which was very kind.
The menu at the Go Grill reminded me of other places in Edinburgh that boast a Josper grill. It is heavy on the meats and has a good wine list, though our first choice of wine was not available. The Rioja that we ordered instead was a nice accompaniment for the meal.
Tonight, I wanted to eat all the things, so for the first time in three weeks, I ate a full-sized meal, starting with mussels with chorizo and peppers which were excellent.
To follow, I ordered the fillet, cooked rare, as I normally do. To accompany this, I asked for anything but chips on the side, and it came with lovely wee roast potatoes. The steak was very good. It was cooked accurately and it was perfectly tender and well-seasoned. The potatoes were ideal to accompany and the wee salad garnish looked nice, but I must admit I didn’t even try it.
The whole meal was really well done in a nice hotel setting with an eclectic playlist. I’d definitely consider going back when I needed a good meal in Glasgow, the underground isn’t too far away, after all.
As I stayed in the hotel that evening and had their breakfast the next morning, there is one more thing I should mention. Their continental breakfast was large and varied with an exceptional variety of fresh fruits. The waitress there even went above and beyond and helped me with getting breakfast, because, you know: crutches.
MJ is a legit Brit! Or at least she now has indefinite leave to remain here. This was such great news that we went out the night before it was confirmed to celebrate. The assessment centre was in one of Glasgow’s prestige neighbourhoods so MJ had booked a room in a nearby hotel called the Go Glasgow Urban Hotel on Paisley Road West.
This is actually a neighbourhood with which I used to be well acquainted as I once did various bits and Bob’s at the local GP practice. It had been an age since I’d visited.
If MJ had been fully and independently mobile I’m not sure we would have chosen to dine here, but when a Josper grill was mentioned, it seemed like sampling the hotel restaurant was probably the smart play.
The menu promised dishes with a strong commitment to local sourcing with steak as the centrepiece. The positive menu vibes were matched by the feel of the place, with friendly service in smart surroundings.
MJ kept things pretty classic with mussels, served ciopinno style, then fillay/fillet to follow. Although I suspected I was stretching even my expansive appetite, I started with Stornoway Benedict – I dish I sometimes see called eggs black – then followed with the ribeye steak.
The starters promptly arrived looking stylish and hearty. MJ’s mussels served in a tomatoey broth with wedges of chorizo met with a firm thumbs up. My poached egg, black pudding and bacon tower was similarly satisfying. The hollandaise was nicely judged and it was great to see delicious pickled asparagus used, rather than out-of-season imported stuff. I was impressed.
The main courses maintained the really good standard. The steaks had a good char and were accurately cooked. The accompaniments were a little patchy but the tatties were very good. My vat of bearnaise on the side was flavour-packed.
So overall, we had a very enjoyable evening full of good food at GoGrill. Although the location is somewhat unorthodox, this is in the realms of a place worth seeking out as they’re cooking well-sourced steak dishes to a really pleasing standard. I’d be happy to dine here again and would recommend it to steak fans in this part of the world.
Blythe scores GoGrill
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
We ate: Stornoway Benedict, cioppino mussels, ribeye, fillet, potatoes, chips
We drank: red wine, water, espresso
We wore: high-fashion boot, low-fashion tie
Total bill: £89.25
Address: 517 Paisley Road West, Glasgow G51 1RW