Friday, 22 November 2013

Brelliant Christmas with Brel Bar, Glasgow

The Christmas lights have been turned on in Glasgow and Christmas season is definitely upon us. Lots of restaurants and bars have come out with their Christmas menus and the lassies were invited to see what Brel Bar in Ashton Lane had to offer.  

It certainly was cold enough to be Christmas but I was greeted with a glass of hot mulled cider which smelled amazing and warmed me up into a holiday mood. Our table in the Conservatory overlooked the dancing trees in the garden and was set with crackers and name cards so you really got the full holiday feeling.

Dancing Trees Lights

First up we tried two of the Christmas starters:

Chestnut tart

Caramelised chestnut, wild mushroom and baby spinach tart, spiced tomato chutney 

Perfect Smoked Salmon

Home cured Tobermory 16 year old salmon, pickled vegetables, horseradish creme fraiche

My favourite of the two was definitely the salmon which was so delicately cured I could have eaten a plateful! I was surprised that I liked the tart though, too. I'm not that keen on chestnuts or savoury tarts if I'm honest but it was very nice.

Next came the main courses:

Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings

Roast turkey, stuffing, chipolatas, cranberry sauce 

Slow Braised Beef

Slowly braised brisket of beef, truffle mash, pancetta, horseradish 

Fish and Shellfish en papillotte

Cod, salmon and clam en papillotte, saffron, fennel, white wine

I ended up with the turkey and if I'm honest I'm not usually the biggest fan of Christmas turkey. The turkey was moist and not even slightly overdone and went so well with the gravy and cranberry sauce---I wish I'd had some mash to mop up the rest of the gravy it was so nice.  I managed to snag a taste of the cod and beef as well which were also lovely.

Perfect Pavlova

I finished off with the most massive portion of Orange, mango and rosewater pavlova I've ever seen! It was perfectly crispy but gooey at the same time just the way a pavlova should be. I'm never one to not clean my dessert plate but the portion was so big I couldn't manage.

The Christmas Menu at Brel Bar is available as lunch (12noon - 3pm) for £20 per person or evening (4pm - 10pm) for £26 per person for three courses.


Brel Bar & Restaurant

Brel Bar glasgow

Ashton Lane
Glasgow G12 8SJ
0141 342 4966

Open Monday-Saturday 11am-Midnight, Sunday Noon-Midnight.

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