A few months back Mr G and I were out with our friends Stuart and Louise. Now usually when Lou and I are together there is a wee bit of alcohol consumed, but this night there was a LOT of alcohol consumed. It would be fair to say we were utterly wasted and both got into a bit of trouble from our respective husbands for being irresponsible drunkards.
So for our next date we decided to keep things pretty low key with a casual dinner and 1 glass of wine (okay maybe 2). With this in mind we set about picking a suitable location and I immediately thought of Roastit Bubbly Jocks. After hearing so many wonderful things about the food I’ve wanted to try Roastit’s for ages and just hadn’t gotten round to it.
Happily they didn’t disappoint.
Located on Dumbarton Road, Roastit’s is a really understated and relaxed restaurant. The vibe is welcoming and cosy – I immediately liked it. As always my favourite feature was the large windows which flooded the restaurant with light and was great for people watching.
The staff were wonderful – funny, friendly, attentive and helpful when I was trying to decide what to order.
Food wise, I would describe the menu as modern Scottish and I genuinely wanted to order the entire menu…literally every single dish. In the end after some guidance from our helpful waiter I decided to order the Pittenweem Crab on Toast to start, and boy am I glad that I did.
Served on a door-stopper piece of toast the large portion of crab was beautiful – light, smooth and creamy. Served with a splash of onion salad (not sure if that is what it is called but it’s how I would describe it) the onion tasted fresh and tangy, and it went perfectly with the flavourful crab.
Next up I went for the the Breast of Chicken, Stornoway Black Pudding and Lyonnaise Potatoes. WOW! When it arrived I was practically ready to tackle the waiter and give him a massive kiss to thank him for recommending it.
The large piece of chicken was tender and juicy, the Black Pudding was possibly a tiny bit too crispy for my taste as I prefer it to be mega soft, but it was still good. The huge portion of buttery potatoes were so tasty, they held a little bite and went so well with the absolutely perfect gravy which was thick, glossy and packed with meaty flavour. It was a bloody brilliant dish.
We also shared some hand chip chips which were gorgeous big chunks of golden perfection, and a bowl roasted vegetables which was a nice selection and well cooked.
For dessert I went for the Honeycomb and Caramel Ice Cream Sundae. This was probably my least favourite dish. There were definitely good parts, like the lush thick whipped cream and the Ice Cream which was great, as was the sweet and slightly bitter caramel sauce. But the honeycomb was a real let down – I was imagining beautiful big shards of crunchy golden sweetness but instead it was really tiny bits which just left a grainy texture in my mouth. I didn’t hate it, it was just a weird feeling. I would order this again but I would ask for it without the honeycomb because the rest of the sundae was really lovely.
The cost of my food came to £29.85 which I think it pretty great value for money given the quality of food we ate. In fact if you were to order the main dish in a restaurant in town on a Saturday night I would expect to pay about £20 just for the chicken.
Roastit’s is a brilliant restaurant serving up fantastic food which I am already looking forward to trying again. Add this one to your list of must try’s guys, I promise it’s worth the trip out to Partick.