I’m a great fan of the unexpected stumble-upon. Given my acquaintance with the city is still fairly rudimentary, this sums up much of my approach to dining in Glasgow.
Having enjoyed some choice ales at the Allison Arms and the Laurieston, tonight’s assembled crew of Our Beer Man and first time quester Alan were wandering back towards the Clyde when we alighted upon Nur, a smart looking Egyptian restaurant. We popped in to check it out.
We found the place pretty quiet although things picked up through the evening. Our eyes were caught by a Bernie Clifton-style camel above the bar. We just about resisted the temptation to scale the heights to give it a little trot around the shop.
I’m not overly familiar with the cuisine of Egypt but there were familiar dishes from the region and the menu was set out in a way that proved pretty helpful.
I took charge of starter ordering from the breadth of options. This comprised some tahina, fool with sausage, a dish of egg and smoked beef, and a gebna salad.
These arrived looking pretty good. As expected they provided a really good range of tastes and textures. The tahina was a particular high point but all the dishes were strong.
Main courses continued in similar fashion. I enjoyed the entertainment value of the pyramid of rice. Beer Man’s chicken shawerma was really good, as was Alan’s curried beef tagine. My lamb chops were really impressive, too.
So overall, Nur did a damn fine job of addressing our south-of-the-river hunger. It’s a place that has a lovely feel to it, with a warm and well-informed welcome. I’d recommend it to you and look forward to many future visits.
Blythe scores Nur
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Alan, Beer Man, Blythe
We ate: salad, tahina, spiced sausage stew, basterma and egg; chicken shawerma, lamb chops, curried beef tagine, rice pyramid
We drank: mint tea, water
Total bill: £73.05
Address: 22 Bridge Street, Glasgow G5 9HR