30/06/2016

Tempus Restaurant, Glasgow



I was lucky to stay at the Grand Central Hotel, which I talked about here. Today I would love to share a few more details from my delicious date! As I stayed on the fifth floor I could not resist the opportunity to slowly walk down the hotels epically grand stairs to the Tempus Restaurant while appreciating the most beautiful, and the longest I have ever seen, chandelier. 
Allowing my imagination to run wild, I felt for a few minutes like an incognito movie star, which is going to meet her dear lover yet cannot resist the temptation to make him wait as she adores the surroundings, and adore I did. If you are getting married in Glasgow, this is definitely one of the spots for photo session to consider, the imagery it creates is truly fantastic. 
Starting the night with a full glass of bubbly is an indication of a very good night and things to come, at least for me.
I anticipated a traditional Scottish menu at the Tempus Restaurant. However, the Grand Central Hotel had yet another surprise up its sleeve for me. The food is mainly Scottish, yet with an exceptional exotic twist added into the mix.
Starters for me were the mouth watering Warm Thai style Oriental king prawns with honey roast cashews, and pak choi was fresh, light and delicious. I cannot get enough of King Prawns and these ticked all the boxes.
My date was extremely impressed with his Pan fried Shetland scallops with butterbeans, and chorizo, gone in a flash they were. I am a rather cheeky date, so of course I tried them too! I can confirm that choosing a winner out of these two starters would be very tricky! 
The best was yet to come. As we were chatting away, in a very romantic corner behind a column, our mains arrived. Soy & lime glazed Gressingham duck breast with shiitake mushroom, spring onion, chilli udon noodles… The photo does not give it justice, truly delicious. My duck breast was moist and juicy, it was like butter under my knife. The chilli udon noodles were not too spicy, in fact, the perfect balance hence both flavours complimented each other very well. I must admit, this is not a combination, duck and noodles, I have tried before but I am extremely glad I did.
My dinner date went for a juicy, tender, succulent 224g flat iron steak, certified Scotch beef, served with chunky fries, and grilled vine ripened tomato. Did I have food envy? Yes I did…but so did my date, so I am sure we will be back for more.
Wine was flowing, conversation was getting more and more exciting as we were discussing our upcoming trip to Thailand. Before we knew it, we had finished our mains and smoothly moved on to the dessert's list. I was so tempted to get the Griottine cherry cheesecake, but judging by the previous portion sizes, very generous, I might not have been able to finish it.
So I decided to pick something a bit lighter, Coconut Panna Cotta with roasted pineapple, and passion fruit coulis, sounded perfect! I promise, that next time I am in Glasgow near the central station, or with half an hour before my train I am going to back for this pure coconut heaven!
My partner in crime decided to go with their every so gooey Sticky Toffee Pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream. Again, the portion sizes are very satisfying, especially considering the deal in which you can get three courses for £22, so you will not be left disappointed. Check out their menu here.
Again stunning interior design!
On my way up I had a sneak peak into the gorgeous Champagne Bar, which overlooks the central train station, and I could not help but wonder how wonderful would an engagement, anniversary, or birthday party be here. 
Champagne Central won the Scottish Hotel Awards Bar of the Year so before going out we decided to make our date even longer and have a bit more bubbles there. Pleasure to sit in such a fabulous surroundings! We will definitely be back again for more bubbles.

Would you like to visit Champagne Central for a glass or two?  
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  1. What a wonderful and beautiful place to stay! And £22 for 3 courses is a bargain, especially considering the quality of the food :) I'd certainly visit Champagne Central for a glass or two!

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    1. Take photos for Instagram, interior design is gorgeous! Don't forget to let me know, so I can go and like them all!

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  2. I love the interior, it looks absolutely stunning, and you look gorgeous too. I've never had any Scottish based food but those prawns look absolutely gorgeous and a bit exotic too! That sticky toffee pudding too looks so delicious X

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    1. It was so delicious! I would definitely get back for more!

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