I was very excited last weekend to head out on the town with one of my favourite ladies, Sharon. Do you know how sometimes there are people who just ‘get you’? Well, Sharon is one of those people to me, and I am always really happy to hangout with her and enjoy some mega delicious eats.
We decided since we were hitting the town we would get a bit dressed up and head somewhere ‘pure-dead fancy’. As is always the case when we are trying to decide where to eat – menus were poured over and restaurants were offered up as possibly options. In the end we decided to book a table at Guys in the Merchant City, because neither of us had been and we were really keen to try it.
Guys has been on my list now for three years, and I have no idea why it has taken me so long to visit. Actually, I do know why it has taken so long because in the immortal words of Destiny’s Child this restaurants is jumpin’ jumpin’! Twice before I have tried to visit Guy’s and both times haven’t been able to get a table. It’s ALWAYS busy and it’s no wonder because it’s something of a Glasgow institution.
The decor at Guy’s reminded me of a chic casual New York restaurant. It’s dominated by a large bar which has a bit of an art deco feel and there is interesting eclectic art packing the walls. This is accompanied by a soundtrack of constant lively chatter and wonderfully atmospheric live music which leads to Guys having a very cool underlaying sexy vibe.
The service we got is a bit of a difficult one to cover, because all of the staff were really friendly and warm but there were issues. The most annoying being that we sat down at our table at 8.05pm and my first drink arrived at 8.40pm!!!! Then there’s the fact that after we placed our first drinks order we were never again asked if we wanted another drink. This lead to me having only 2 drinks in a 3 hour period….which is a bit of a shame because I would have spent much more money on drinks if it hadn’t been so difficult to get someone’s attention.
Having spoken to a couple of people about my experience quite a few people said that similar things had happened to them when they had visited. As I said the staff were incredibly nice and more than happy to help when I eventually got someone’s attention, they just weren’t very attentive which is slightly disappointing.
Thankfully this was the only problem on what was otherwise a wonderful evening and a delicious meal.
Let’s get back to talking about all the good stuff – the food!
Now when we placed our food order I made a bold move and broke one of my very strict ordering rules – never change my choices after giving my order! Originally I ordered the Poached duck egg & Stornoway black pudding on a toasted muffin with truffled hollandaise to start. But, after hearing our waiter talk to Sharon about the freshly made in house ravioli which was filled with duck, honey and mustard I changed my order.
And boy am I glad I did.
What arrived in front of me was 4 large pleasantly plump, smooth raviolis, stuffed full of tender aromatic duck and smothered in a creamy slightly sweet sauce. It was as good a pasta dish as I’ve ever had, and I would have no problems at all what so ever ordering this dish again.
Next up, I had heard so many good things about the steaks on offer at Guys that I just knew I had to try the Aberdeen Angus fillet steak which came served with a medley of vegetables and a balsamic reduction. I ordered it medium rare, which is a new thing for me because normally I go for a medium. But I have to tell you I don’t regret doing it a little rarer because it was just gorgeous – soft, succulent, packet with flavour and melted like butter in my mouth. It was utterly lush and easily in the top 2 or 3 steaks in the city.
Sides wise, the medley of vegetables which came with the steak was interesting and delicious, there were roasted red peppers, parsnip puree and sweet potato ( I think). Along with this I also got a portion of hand cut chips which were brilliant – crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. They were described at the table as the best chip shop chips ever, which is a pretty accurate description I think.
Then there was the mac and cheese which was delectably sinful. It was creamy, but still had a real nice cheesy taste, and there was just enough sauce which made the mac slightly sticky. I basically finished the whole side myself – but I couldn’t help it, it was just so bloody good.
Then for dessert I went for the cheesecake of the day which was toffee and hazelnut with a scoop of guys own ice cream. And while the cheesecake was tasty enough it was the ice cream that I really loved – it was silky smooth, decadent and so incredibly moorish. This is the kind of ice cream that if you had it at home in a 500ml tub you would finish the whole thing in one sitting without even realising.
All in our bill came to £224 for 4 people. For the quality of food we received I think £56 per person is a very very reasonable price. And give that included 3 steaks, I had absolutely no issue with our bill at all and though it was good value for money.
I loved my first visit to Guys and can’t believe it has taken me so long to visit this modern Scottish restaurant, I can promise you it won’t be so long until my next visit.