Welcome to my first post of the new year. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and is ready to dive in to some seriously delicious food now in 2014!
I like my neighbours a lot but never more so than when they’re turn me on to a good eateries – one couple in particular were the top of my Christmas card list after pointing me in the direction of both Balbir’s & Stravaigin when we first moved in. So naturally when the suggested Panevino in Finnieston I was keen to try it and this is where I found myself today for a rather sumptuous lunch.
Panevino is a fantastic modern cafe style Italian restaurant, inside the ground floor is dominated by the huge bar/service area surrounded by New York dinner ‘eat at the counter’ style seating. There was a few other tables on the ground floor – I presume there was quite a bit of seating upstairs because lots of people as they came in were disappearing up to the mezzanine level. For me the ambiance and surroundings were much more of a casual lunch or mid-week eating out restaurant rather than a weekend night out.
The staff were great – friendly, efficient, polite….all the things you expect from a good restaurant service. They weren’t your standard trendy west end students and seemed to genuinely care that you enjoyed your food.
The menu in one word was cracking! I could have happily eaten absolutely anything from the menu – there was 3 soups to choose from, an abundance of specials and a whole brunch menu which included freshly made blueberry pancakes….yes Blueberry Pancakes, YUM! However I avoided all of these options and choose from the normal menu.
To start with I went for the Fillet of beef Carpaccio, a 28 day matured fillet of Scottish beef, seared & thinly carved rare served on a rocket, lemon & parmesan salad. It was soft and incredibly flavoursome, the salad was the perfect accompaniment with the lemon really adding something to the beef. It was the best Carpaccio I have ever had…in fact it may be one of the best starters I have ever had. It always surprises me when I enjoy Carpaccio so much because I really shy away from steaks done anything under a medium/well.
As always in any Italian I order a foccacia with my starter – Panevinos version is delicious, it was doughy with just the right about of greasyness without too much rock salt and rosemary.
For my main I choose the Gnocchi cooked with pancetta & peas in a sage, white wine and butter sauce. The portion when it arrives looks a little small in comparison to say a pasta dish but I actually didn’t manage to finish the whole plate. It was buttery and slippery which I always think is the way a Gnocchi should be eaten. They were light and fluffy and very well cooked overall the whole dish was extremely tasty.
For me Panevino was an absolute winner and I will definitely be back here again soon for a lunch and week night dinner, I fully intend to eat my way through this menu.