Hello everyone 🙂
It’s been a while since my last post, I have been super busy throughout April! We have been on a family holiday, lots of days out throughout the school holidays and of course been really busy working, lots of exciting things in the pipe line!
However I’m now getting back up to speed with my blog and thought I would start with a little restaurant review.
A few weeks ago I was invited to have a complimentary meal at the gorgeous new Italian restaurant at the top end of Buchanan Street – Vapiano. This popular European franchise has already set up shop in the UK in London and Edinburgh and has finally opened its doors to us hungry Glaswegians. Everyone loves a good Italian restaurant!
Myself and my friend Laura attended on a Friday evening at 7pm, by that point we had definitely worked up an appetite and were eager to have a look at the menu! We entered the restaurant through double glass doors into a reception area and were greeted by two lovely front of house staff. The girls showed us upstairs to the large and spacious dining area. It has a lovely laid back feel; wooden bench seating, dimmed lighting and gorgeous Italian photographs on the wall. We had the option to choose a table ourselves and a waiter would be round shortly to take our drinks order while we mulled over the mouth watering menu. Here is a link to it here.
We both selected a glass of Mirabello Pinot Grigio Rose (£4.95 each) (Rose wine is my absolute favourite!) and the Bruschetta to start (£4.59 each). In line with the laid back feel, we were each provided with a Vapiano card which logged the food and drinks that we each ordered throughout the night. This is a very handy tool as is avoids the awkward bill splitting at the end of the night, you simply pay for what you ordered. A very smart touch!
At Vapiano the food is made fresh in front of you by a wonderful team of chefs where you order directly from them. The ingredients are all fresh to order and you can customise your order to suit your tastebuds or dietary requirements. Again, avoiding any awkward conversations with the waiter over allergies or ingredients. Smart! Seafood pasta is my go-to so I selected the Gamberetti (£11.29) while Laura chose the Cognac (£11.69). It was super refreshing to watch the pasta being made before our eyes, the chefs asked how much prawns and chicken we would each like on our dish – again catering to our appetites.
The Gamberetti was THAT delicious that I considered asking the chef for the recipe!! I would definitely recommend! Despite being full from our starters and mains, of course we still had room to squeeze in a desert and another glass of Ca’Del Console Prosecco (£5.45 each). I selected the mini Panna Cotta (£5.79), again another personal favourite, and Laura chose the suggestive (Death By Chocolate £5.79). Both were totally gorgeous, not too sweet and paired perfectly with the prosecco. I had started to seriously regret ordering the ‘mini’ rather than the large, but I won’t make that mistake twice!!
Overall we were very impressed with the service and the food at Vapiano, the staff were lovely and the food was to die for. If you are about Glasgow city centre and looking for a more laid back casual dinner, or if you are perhaps a student on a budget, then this will definitely be up your street. The pay as you go cards are a valuable touch that will go a long way with customers and the fresh ingredients prepared to order helps Vapiano stand out from the crowd.
The meal set us up perfectly for our night as we headed out to another few bars in Glasgow.
Keep your eyes peeled for more reviews this week, I hope you enjoyed reading 🙂