I love Valentine’s Day, I realise this is not cool or hip in any way but I am okay with that. Mr G and I don’t really do gifts and cards most years unless we are feeling flush but we do try to go out for a nice meal together.
So after much research, this year I finally settled on The Sisters in Kelvingrove as our romantic destination of choice. I didn’t want somewhere doing a special / reduced menu as I find they are never that successful. I was very excited to see that The Sisters were sticking with their normal a la carte menu and I booked us in as it has been on my list for a long time.
You can find The Sister restaurant on Kelvingrove Street up the steepest stairs in Glasgow – thank goodness I wore reasonably low heels 🙂 As the dining room was absolutely packed I never took any pictures, I don’t really like to get in people’s face too much with my camera. The vibe tho is grown up, serene and subdued in the best ways, the cream walls were dotted with beautiful abstract art in shades of grey, there was a large fireplace feature, soothing just audible music, fresh red roses on the table (it was valentines!) linen table cloths. It was beautiful and even though it was jumping it felt like a calm and soothing environment.
The staff were exactly what you would expect from a restaurant like the Sister – delightful. They were incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the service was fast…probably faster than it normally would be due to the date, having said that I never once felt rushed or harassed – the staff were just sharp and on the ball with clearing plates.
The menu at the sisters is like a love letter to Scotland, it was loaded with haggis, black pudding, fish, venison, beef cheeks, clootie dumpling and puff candy. It was like head chef Jackie O’Donnell had stepped into my childhood and brought all those foods into the 21st century. I could very easily have chosen any dish on offer from each course, it’s an utterly lush menu.
In the end I decided to try the haggis, neeps and tatties to start, I never took pictures of the menu so I forget the exact description of the dish. My first thought upon seeing my dish was wow! There was a puddle of glossy gravy, in the middle was a large haggis cake topped with neeps and a fritter….yes a freakin FRITTER!! I was beside myself as I am sure by now you know how I feel about fritters. The food was utterly gorgeous and without fault, the haggis was tasty and slightly spicy, the neeps were light and creamy, and the fritter was crisp and perfect. Gorgeous!
For my main I finally decided on the Chicken breast with Stornoway black pudding, creamed leeks & a red wine jus with a side of Rooster tatties & market vegetables to share. Again visually it was so beautiful to look at. Taste wise it was amazing, the chicken was moist and tender, the creamed leeks still had bite and were seasoned to perfection, the big wedge of black pudding was soft and crumbly, the mash was silky and the red wine jus was lush and decedent. The side was also a triumph – the roasted potatoes were crispy golden nuggets of joy and the veg was incredibly tasty, I even liked the broccoli (I hate broccoli) but I loved however they cooked it.
After all that food dessert was touch and go for a while, but there was no way I could leave without trying the Puff candy meringue with honeycomb, ice cream & hot butterscotch sauce. Now lets not kid ourselves this dish it basically a plate of sugar in various forms…..but boy what a plate of sugar it was. The puff candy meringue was light and delicate, the honeycomb was crunchy and sweet and the butterscotch sauce was thick and creamy. This dessert is as good as desserts get. It was a stunning gift from the sugar gods!
All in all a pretty exceptional meal and up there with the best I have eaten in Glasgow without question. This is a must try restaurant for me and I will definitely visit again very soon.