As we have already established I love a Sunday roast. In fact as we’ve proven over the last few years together I love all food….. But I specifically enjoy a Sunday roast.
I also fancy myself as a cool, young westend hipster girl. Now I do realise that these views are far from reality and as I am about to pass into my 36th year of life there is really nothing vaguely cool or hipster about me, but like all women approaching their 40s FAST I like to pretend. 😛
So as a cool young thing with my finger on the pulse I am always on the hunt for something new. And recently I was pleased to discovered Soul Food Sunday at the new look McPhabbs, which can only be described as a hipster Sunday roast – right up my street!
Mcphabbs is one of my favourite new places at the moment. Having been taken over by the same team that owns Firebird in Finnieston
Although no major changes have been made it has received a minor facelift, and it’s looking much better for it. Long gone is the Wetherspoon feel the bar now feels brighter and more modern. With a colour palette of pale grey, tan, turquoise and lots distressed wood it’s a lovely bar to hangout in for the afternoon. The vibe is casual, relaxed and friendly.
Having been here now quite a few times on the whole I find the staff to be friendly and really helpful when making selections. You should be aware tho at the moment they have a few new staff members who are just finding their feet so if you ask a question they may not know the answer, but they will find out for you. I’m sure this is just a minor hiccup and soon they will be slicker.
The biggest change in McPhabbs can definitely be found in their menu. Long gone is the bog standard pub food and it’s it’s place are interesting pub grub dishes. There is not one dish on the menu that I wouldn’t want to try (I’ve now been so many times I’ve tried quite a few of them and they have all been delicious – hello Soft Shell Crab burger)
To start with I ordered the chicken wings. Now generally I’m not a fan of chicken wings because I hate having to fight with my food but these are worth the battle. The coating is messy, sticky and spicy, it’s really tasty and so flavourful but pretty hot so not for the faint hearted. The chicken is so well cooked it practically falls off the bone and is succulent and juicy as a good chicken wing should be. The portion is massive and actually could easily be shared between two. As a side note it definitely would have been helpful to have a plate for the bones and a hand wipe for my messy post wing greasy fingers.
For my main I ordered the Soul Food Sunday. Confession – this is the second time I’d had this dish, I just hadn’t gotten round to writing about it from my first visit.
This is some serious hangover food – 3 massive pieces of deliciously tender southern fried chicken which come in a DE-liciois well seasoned crispy coating. Fried buttery new potatoes, a whole heap of kale (well is it a roast for hipsters of course there is kale) and a tangy tomato salsa, which although nice did get lost a little bit in all the other flavours.
It also comes with an American style biscuit which I really liked – it’s like a slightly harder sweeter scone, it adds a nice sweetness to the dish which I liked. For me the only part of the dish that was a let down was the gravy – it was way too watery for my taste. It did have flavour but I prefer a thicker gravy – not horrible just not my cup of tea.
Even after all that I STILL managed to squeeze in a desert.
My fav dessert here is the Lemon Baked Alaska which I now have every time. It comes beautifully presented with a massive dome of lemon ice cream placed on a slim disc of sponge and covered in MEGA sweet toasted meringue. This comes served with a light zingy raspberry coulis, some white chocolate curls, meringue crumb and popping candy. It all works well together but be warned this is a massive dessert which is extremely sweet….possibly too sweet but I enjoy it, although every single time have struggled to finish it.
At the moment McPhabbs are doing a 15% discount on all their food, making my three course meal just £15.30 – FIFTEEN of the Queens British Pounds!?! That is so cheap! Even without the discount the meal would have only cost £18, the value for money is exceptionally good.
This has become a fast favourite of mine for tasty pub grub with a twist, although I wouldn’t describe it as a Gastro pub – I’m sure they wouldn’t want me to either since this is not the vibe they are going for. An interesting menu which I love, not only will I be back soon I am practically a regular already.