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Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Glasgow

Posted on: February 16, 2011     |     1 comment
Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Glasgow

We were looking for a great deal at one of Glasgow’s top eateries and after booking a lunch at ABode we were not disappointed.
 
The restaurant is on the first floor of the stylish four star boutique Hotel with tasteful understated decor which is neither stuffy nor off putting for the shoppers of Glasgow.
 
We arrived at 2.15pm, slightly late for our booked lunch time however the staff were excellent, assuring us it was not a problem but promptly taking our coats and showing us to our table! Which, oddly enough turned out be situated directly in front of the bar. To my surprise this turned out to be a superb table affording us an unobstructed view of the food as it arrived at the tables of the surrounding patrons.
 
We selected to eat from the tasting menu, a twelve course feast set by the chef. But this was available to be broken down selecting 3, 4 or 5 courses for lunch. This showed great flexibility from the chef allowing diners to play with their own appetite. The menu had a wine matching offer on it for £3 per course but we opted for a personal favourite from South Africa.
 
I started with the mussel soup with salmon and the only disappointment was that there wasn’t more for me to enjoy.  Although my starter choice was excellent I can admit to having serious order envy as my dining partner had selected pickled mackerel which was so elegantly presented it was tough not to admire. The first course set the tone for a fabulous meal and we quickly moved on to our second course of a confit duck risotto. Melt in the mouth Arborio rice with a rich velvety lingering flavour. What else can you ask for from a plate of food! The third course of pollock set on a fricassee of mussels and cannelloni beans was tasty but not to the same standard of the previous two dishes, although the fish was moist and cooked to perfection it lacked in seasoning, but trust me I am splitting hairs as I cleared my plate. The final course arrived, panna cotta for me and a warm apple crumble for my partner which stole the show and was once again simply but elegantly presented.
 
Overall the whole meal was excellent and the final bill did not sting even with a 12.5% service charge.
 
ABode is proof that hotel restaurants can provide excellent food at a very reasonable price.  I have no doubt that I will return on many occasions to this Glasgow restaurant.

Comments (1)

  • Posted on 18 May 2011 by Maureen Bruce user avatar image

    This restaurant is now closed. The closure has been documented in various media and is incredibly sad for all the hard-working and excellent staff who worked there. Front-of-house is of particular interest to me and sadly, in any of the press articles I've read, hardly gets a mention. Apparently, the chef was award-winning last year. What about the Restaurant Manager, Alan Brady, who achieved Restaurant Manager of Year this year and last year?
    The experience of eating out is not just about the food. The whole theatre of fine-dining cannot be achieved without the staff at the coalface. What a shame Mr Caines does not hold his front of house staff in the same high esteem as other chefs such as Michel Roux does, as was demonstrated in the recent tv series. Iwish Alan and all his excellent team every success in the future. They will all go on to bigger and better things.


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