Last weekend and while I was in Glasgow we visited Ashton lane, a cobbled street close to the University of Glasgow that is popular for its restaurants and bars.
It was a lovely sunny day and without having any particular in mind we ended up in Ubiquitous Chips, a place that I had visited many times before for a drink but this was the first time to eat from their menu.
We started with some wine and the appetizers that were kindly offered to us by the staff. I am not a wine expert but George has his fair share since he enjoys a good bottle of wine every now and then, so I let him place the drinks order. Indecisive as he is, he went for the White Flight, the best of chenin blanc. So basically that was a selection of white wines, three glasses served in a tray. The first one was from Africa, the second one from France and the third one from New Zealand. All three had a unique taste and they were so worthy. Even for someone like me who has no idea about good wine, I can tell that they totally deserved their money…
Goat cheese dipped in beetroot crumb and duck dipped in pistachio crumb appetizers.
For starter, George got the Galloway roe deer carpaccio, typical him, he loves venison. I ordered the grilled sea bream with chorizo crumb and it was delicious. The fish was so well cooked that was melting in my mouth!
For the main course I ordered the roast chicken breast with balsamic lentils, grilled Jerusalem artichoke and sherry reduction. The meat was well cooked but not well done as I enjoy it so George was happy to exchange his organic salmon with mine. Since I started with fish, I should have chosen fish for my main course as well, but I am a lucky girl and George did not care less to eat the chicken. Hence I got the chance to taste both dishes!
The salmon was mouth watering! I was more impressed though with the pommes Anna side. Basically they were fried potatoes in very thin slices that were placed the one above the other in order to form a pie that was cut and served into triangles. It was appetizing and delightful to taste.
The chicken side sauce was also a new taste for me (they were many firsts that day I can tell you). The lentils were very smooth in texture and the flavour of the balsamic made the sauce so delectable. In fact, there is no word to describe how delicious that was, the only way to understand my feelings towards this taste, is to try it by yourself, it was that good! The baby artichokes were amazingly fresh and in combination with the lentils they created a sauce that was pure perfection!
As soon as George finished the wine, it was time we order dessert. It took us more time than usual to decide since we were both craving chocolate flavour. Eventually we agreed to order different desserts and so have the chance to taste both.
I got the raspberry ice cream with french toast and caramel
George got the chocolate ice cream with mocha mouse and almond cakes. Both tastes were very inviting, but I enjoyed more the raspberry ice cream, it was light and after so much that I had for dinner it was exactly what my stomach was craving.
All in all, visiting the restaurant was the best decision. The waiters were very polite, the decoration of the place made us feel like we were outdoors and we spent a lovely Saturday evening. This is not a sponsored post, but it’s not everyday that you find a good restaurant with good value of money and great environment. So if you are in Glasgow for the weekend make sure to pay a visit, I can’t recommend enough this place!