I can’t tell you all how much I love this time of year. Everything about autumn makes me happy – the colours, the weather, the fashion, the constant feeling of being cosy….it all just adds up to making me a happy Geek.
And what better way to enjoy all my favourite aspects of Fall than to go for Sunday walks in the park with the pup. Yip! I am one of those annoying faux trendies who likes to pretend she’s a chic New Yorker by calling autumn fall – not even sorry! 😛
A few weeks ago on the first real autumnal Sunday of the year I arranged with my friend Liberty and Lily, her huge 8 month old Newfoundland to go for a walk in Kelvingrove.
It was such a beautiful day we just kept walking and walking and walking, in the end we must have walked about 2 miles. As I’m sure you can imagine after all that fresh air and exercise we were absolutely STARVING, so we decided to duck into dug friendly bar Big Slope in finnieston on our way home for a spot of lunch.
Having never been into Big Slope before I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but what I found was a cool relaxed bar. It’s in the basement so natural light is limited, but it’s a larger space than I thought it would be, so doesn’t feel too claustrophobic. We visited at about 2pm on a Sunday and it was pretty busy…always a good sign I think.
The general vibe is underdone and a little shabby, but it works in a very west end ‘we’re too cool for school’ kinda way.
Staff wise, I think there was possibly only one waiter on because he was the only guy we saw. He was polite and happy to answer questions, although when it started to get busier it did take him an age to clear our plates and bring us the bill because he was so busy. This wasn’t a massive issue for us because we weren’t in a rush, but I felt it had to be mentioned.
Like I said I wasn’t sure what to expect from Big Slope, but I have to tell you the food kind of caught me off guard. Having read a little bit about this bar I thought it would be nice pub food, I was wrong it was bloody great pub food.
The menu was heaving with tempting dish, I’m talkin’ beef & rabbit lasagna, a bucket of secret spicy chicken, softshell tacos… I’m basically saying I wanted to order everything. In the end I couldn’t resist the Chorizo & Black Pudding Hash, described as fried potatoes, roasted garlic and a touch of chilli, served with a fried egg on a warm skillet with malted seeded bread. It’s still making my mouth water just thinking about how good that sounds.
The great news is that it lived up to the description. There was lots of soft crumbly black pudding and greasy flavourful chorizo which went so well with the golden and buttery fried new potatoes. The touch of chilli certainly gave it a hearty kick, and the fried egg was everything I hoped it would be – as soon as I bust the yolk yellow deliciousness just oozed all over the dish. It was a cracking plate of food, which I’d be delighted to eat again
Wither I had room for dessert was touch and go – that was until I saw there was Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Caramelised Banana on the menu. Upon seeing this I decided that I did have a little room in my pudding belly for a wee dessert after all.
For me it was the three slices of banana on top of the cheesecake that made the dish, they were coated in a beautiful layer of sweet caramelised sugar. No word of a lie I could have eaten a bowl full of these moorish crunchy little slices, they were just so good.
The peanut butter cheesecake filling was light, creamy and had a nice firm texture. This was sandwiched between two cake-like dark chocolate wafers, which I enjoyed but I did miss a nice thick crumbly biscuit base. Call me a traditionalist but I think cheesecakes are so perfect as they are that you don’t need to mess with them too much. Don’t get me wrong the dessert was really tasty, I just would have prefered it on a buttery biscuit base. 😛
Price wise, I was really happy with the value for money at Big Slope – for my hash and dessert the cost came in at just £15 which I thought was pretty reasonable for the quality of the food.
I can’t believe it has taken me so long to visit Big Slope! When it’s so close to my pad it feels like I’ve kind of been missing out this whole time….don’t worry though I intend to make up for lost time in the coming months with lots of trips for both food and drinks.