As you guys know I am very much a West End girl….. It’s not that I don’t think that there is good stuff in the South Side, because clearly there are some amazingly cool and delicious places. It’s more that there are so many good food options here that in the past I have rarely been inspired to travel south ‘o the river. But in recent months/years I feel like the South Side has gotten too interesting for me to simply dismiss as a ‘hassle to get to when I already have amazing restaurants on my street.’
So a few weeks ago, I nearly blew my sister in law’s mind when we were arranging a lunch get together and I suggested that I come and meet her in the South Side.
Although, as I discovered to my pearl nowhere seems to take a booking for brunch, a major turn off for me when I’m traveling to eat somewhere. Anyway, when we couldn’t get a table at our initial destination we happily moseyed along the road and stumbled into Glad Cafe, which I had heard lots of good things about – especially since the guys at Something2 had moved in and take over the kitchen.
So let’s talk vibe…. the decor is a very stripped back chic. The bare brick walls, exposed pipes, raw untreated wood, mismatched chairs and the mixture of concrete and old wooden flooring all come together in a stylishly undone feel. Sadly there wasn’t a huge amount of natural day light, especially since we were stuck way up the back which is always a bit of a negative for me.
The staff were fine, I would describe them as pleasant. They were never rude, but I wouldn’t describe them as overly warm or welcoming. I actually have very little to offer on the staff, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
As I said it’s the guys from Something2 who run the kitchen at Glad Cafe. You may remember Something was a brunch cafe in Clarkson which closed down maybe a year ago, and Something2 has emerged from this. There is effectively 2 menus going on here – during the day it’s very much a classic brunch restaurant, and in the evening it transforms is Nanika, a noodle and bun bar with a menu which sounds fabulous.
But obvs at 11am I am all about the brunch, and boy what a menu this is – packed with so many enticing dishes that I seriously struggled to choose just one.
In the end I couldn’t look past The Stornoway – Two fried eggs, black pudding, caramelised onions and miso butter on sourdough…..sounds amazing right?
Well I can confirm it tasted even better than it sounds….the black pudding was crumbly and soft, the onions were sweet and buttery, and the eggs were perfectly cooked with lushy gooey runny yolks, all served on a large slice of thick nicely toasted sourdough, which in my opinion is the king of all dough/bread products.
As a small side note – major bonus point to the chef who sent out an additional 2 fried eggs to me because one of the yolks on my eggs had burst very slightly and wasn’t as runny…I assured them that it was much appreciated but entirely unnecessary because my original plate looked pretty spectacular to me. A great gesture tho, which I much appreciated from a chef who clearly cares about how his food is presented, which is always a cracking sign. Cracking…eggs….get it??? Well I made myself laugh at least!
We also ordered a couple of side dishes to share – the Boston Beans which were a thicker, meaty, bbq version of regular beans, and a most delicious side to any brunch dish. Along with this we also ordered some home fries which were all kinds of epic!!! They were incredibly seasoned small roast potato style bites of cubed potato. Now I am going to say something which may come off as a snide comment, but believe me is 100% meant as an absolute compliment – they reminded me of the potatoes you used to get at the Pancake Place. As I said this to me is very much a good thing because I used to love them.
Sorry, I digress….the food was absolutely fantastic, I was utterly thrilled with my dishes.
Price wise we were £38.85 for three of us, including drinks etc. My dish came in at a very very reasonable £8.50, and then the two sides which we shared were £4.50. I think the value for money was pretty great, and I have zero issue or complaints about it.
All in all Something2 at Glad Cafe was all kinds of delicious and I would happily visit again to try out some more of their tempting brunch menu or their funky sounding evening menu. If you are in the South Side I would say these guys are well worth checking out.