Seb & Mili
There are many aspects of my west end life which I enjoy – supporting great local businesses, the selection of amazing eating options on my door step, the community vibe, the people watching….the list goes on, but one of my favourite things is definitely meeting friends for coffee or lunch.
A few weeks ago I got to enjoy such a lunch date with one of my favourite ladies Roz. I managed to talk her into meeting me for a bite during her lunch break at the fairly new lunch spot Seb & Mili. Granted I didn’t have to work that hard to convince her to chum me along on my first visit, since she had visited before and loved it.
Seb & Mili is in the basement of 192 St Vincent Street. If you can’t find it just look out for their lovely sign bike chained to the railings and you know you are in the right spot.
The vibe in Seb & Mili is very relaxed but buzzing during the lunch service. When you walk in the door the first thing that smacks you in the face is the beautiful display of tempting cakes and beautiful smelling fresh bread. Given that it is in the basement it was actually really well lit (very important when you want to take lots of pictures:-) ) It was also much bigger than I expected and there is lots of seating – but beware it fills up at lunch time VERY quickly.
The staff were really welcoming and helpful. Our waitress was really lovely but clearly had a lot going on during a busy lunch service because it was impossible to grab her attention to order another coffee. To be honest I was surprised they even offered table service I presumed it would be an order at the counter place…so that was a nice touch.
The menu is jam-packed full of tempting brunch option which are available to order all day and tasty sounding deli sandwiches and salads.
Never one to look past a good pastrami sandwich I ordered the Brisket Deli Sandwich – Pastrami crusted, smoked & slow cooked, with garlic mayo and sauerkraut on a pretzel bun. Roz and I also order a portion of the Truffled Mac and Cheese to share described as 3 cheese macaroni pasta, mushrooms, leeks and truffle oil.
The food arrived pretty quickly (as you would expect in a slick lunch spot) my sandwich was absolutely gorgeous…the generous serving of beef were light slithers of super smokey pastrami which tasted incredible, the flavour of the smokey meaty was only enhanced by the perfectly heavy doughy pretzel bun. It was quite a salty dish but in the best way.
God – my mouth is salivating just remembering how good it was.
This came served with a good-sized portion of deliciously crunchy vegetable crisps, which I think may have been made in-house.
The Mac and Cheese I was less fussed about – don’t get me wrong there was nothing wrong with it at all, it just wasn’t to my taste. I think it is because I like a crust on my mac and this portion didn’t have one. It was a lovely big portion for only £5 and was packed with mushrooms and leeks which really came out in the flavour. If you like mushrooms in your mac this is definitely one for you to try because it had a really strong mushroom/truffle taste which was nice.
I couldn’t leave without buying a few cakes to take home – I settled on a crueller which was a wonderfully greasy ring of sweetness. It is really heavy tho so I was glad I waited a few hours after my lunch to eat this. I also purchased what I was told was a salted caramel donut for MrG…sadly the salted caramel filling was missing so I paid £2 of a ball of glazed dough which was a little disappointing. For the record Roz bought one of these Salted Caramel donuts too, her’s wasn’t empty tho it was filled with Nutella?!?!
In my giddiness picking cakes I forgot to take a picture of my recipe but my share of the bill came to about £16 including a coffee and couple of cakes to take home.
I would definitely recommend Seb & Mili as a delicious weekday breakfast or lunch spot. It’s not open at the weekend which is a shame as I am sure it would be jumping with the city’s brunch lovers.
I can’t wait to visit again soon to work my way through their deli sandwich menu – Seb & Mili is definitely being added to my list of favourite lunch spots in Glasgow.