It’s been a while since I’ve done a new review so I thought I would do a write-up of my visit at the weekend to Grill Room at private members club 29 (you don’t need to be a member to eat here tho.). I’ve done a review on The Grill Room before, giving them a whopping 10 stars last November but as it’s a year old I figured a an update was in order.
I love 29 and always like to get a bit dressed up when I visit, so on Saturday night I was adopting my night out mantra WWAKW (what would a kardashian wear!) my hair was waved to perfection and I was pretty happy with my smokey eye make up. I wish I could say this was how I arrived at the restaurant! After taking 20 minutes to find a parking space then stomping the length of Ingram Street in the rain I looked more like a Picasso than a Kardashian when I arrived. My hair looked……beyond words and most of my face has slid off. Brilliant!!!
I brushed it off, tied back my hair and prayed I didn’t see anyone I knew!!
Luckily 29 is a gorgeous place to be and I was quickly distracted by the amazing surroundings. The decor at 29 is a cross between super glam and footballers wife chic which I love. Clearly opulence was the brief for their designer which they have more than delivered that in bucket loads with sexy black chandeliers, mood lighting, lovely round cozy booths and a view into the busy kitchen and bar.
My absolute favourite thing about this restaurant is the view down over exchange square with all the twinkly Christmas lights. Luckily we were seated at a table by the window so we had a brilliant view. It was absolutely gorgeous, definitely one of my favourite view from a restaurant in Glasgow.
As it was the first Saturday in December the restaurant was totally jumping with lots of large tables in for Christmas nights out, which made for a nice atmosphere. It also meant there was lots of opportunity for interesting people watching!
The staff were fantastic and although they were busy never seems in any way under pressure or harassed which is always a reassuring thing. Marco was amazing ensuring we had everything we needed throughout the night, he also managed to bag us a table in the super busy bar area after dinner – what a superstar!!
With it being the season to be jolly the restaurant was running a more condensed Christmas menu which looked temptingly delicious.
I choose the Bradon Rost Smoked Salmon and Prawn Rillette served with lemon and herb mayonnaise to start. The food arrived pretty quickly which is no great surprise at this time of year, plus I think we hit the sweet spot in service….in after lots of big tables finished but before the next lots of tables came in. The salmon was beautifully flaky and smokey which tasted delicious. The perfect light start to our meal.
Normally in 29 I’d only ever order a steak but I couldn’t see past their Paupiette of Free Range Turkey and Bacon with Sage and Onion Stuffing served with cranberry jus, roast chestnut and bread sauce. I’m always dubious about ordering Turkey in restaurant because it’s normally rubbish but I thought if anyone could get it right it would be 29. I was 100% right, the food was sensational, the Turkey was moist and tender, the stuffing was fantastic, the bread sauce was creamy and light but the absolute stand out for me was the gravy which was incredible. It was in fact so good that I immediately snagged a table for myself and Mr G on Christmas Day……I now can’t wait for the 25th, not for presents but to eat this dish again!
It was served with incredible huge chunky chips, a large dish of roasted veg and a large dish of perfect new potatoes.
For dessert I went for the Rich Dark Chocolate Truffle with raspberry compote and vanilla custard…….the dessert was gorgeous – light, smooth and decently rich. I also had a cheeky hazelnut latte and petit four which were lovely.
All in all a gorgeous night with some gorgeous friends. I always love visiting 29 and can’t wait to pop back for Christmas Day and am happy that they keep there 10 Geek Stars 🙂