Being the major foodie that I am, eating out is one of my favourite things to do, whether it’s repeated visits to some of my favourite food places or expanding my horizons and trying out somewhere completely new, I’m all for it. After life got in the way to try out new restaurant Mezze back in June, just last Sunday following a lovely trip to the Girls Day Out I finally got to make that visit happen.
Mezze, a mesmerising restaurant and stylish bar, is located in the Rotunda in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre. Along with 3 other restaurants all under the one roof, Mezze sits at the top and as soon as you walk out of the double doors you can’t help but mutter ‘wow’ under your breath. The shape of the building is dome like, and so walking into the restaurant you are welcomed by stars painted across the ceiling of the dome, almost as if you’re dining under the stars. The restaurant also features booths by glass windows looking out to the River Clyde, and on dark nights like these, it really is a lovely setting, and would make a create a nice little atmosphere for a date if you’re wanting to sweep that special someone off their feet. Opening early this year, Mezze offers dishes that will be sure to impress you if you’re a fan of Turkish and Greek influences, and even if Mediterranean style kebabs and char-grilled meats are something you’ve not tried before, you won’t be disappointed should you decide to give them a go. If you just forget for a second that you’re sitting in a Glasgow restaurant perched beside the SSE Hydro Arena you could almost imagine yourself in the likes of Santorini (minus the weather, Glasgow doesn’t experience a hint of weather like Greece), that’s the atmosphere that Mezze provides to its diners or those just popping in for a quick drink.
A dinner date with my mum is something I’ve not had in a while so this was the perfect opportunity for us to have some mum and daughter time all whilst being kept satisfyingly fed with some good food. We were lucky enough to try the Festive Menu that’s now in full swing with Christmas fast approaching. This menu involves 3 dishes and a side for £19.95, or 2 dishes and a side, as well as a dessert for the same price of £19.95. I chose the turkey keftedes (turkey meatballs in a tomato sauce), chicken skewers (grilled slouvaki chicken), a side of handcut chips, and for the dessert, well…we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. My mum on the other hand chose the king prawns in a wine and garlic butter sauce, Turkey keftedes (meatballs), lamb skewers (grilled slovaki lamb) and a side of rice. With a glass of Rose for me to wash my food down with and a white wine for my mum, we couldn’t wait for our food to arrive after a long day of pampering ourselves at the Girls Day Out.
So what were my thoughts of the food then? The food itself was delicious, the only downside was the wait between dishes, we’d hoped they would all come out at the same time so we could have the rice with our meatballs that came in a lovely tomato sauce, but each dish was brought out separately with a lengthy wait between them at times, meaning we’d finish one small dish and then be waiting on another. Like I said though, this was the only downside to the visit, and with our booking happening to be on the same night that Queen and Adam Lambert were playing at the Hydro just next door, I can only imagine that everything would be brought out all at once on a less busier evening. The handcut chips featured a touch of oregano making them all the tastier, and the meatballs were delicious with the tomato sauce they were perched on top. In terms of the chicken, I’m not used to grilled chicken so the chicken skewers were a new thing for me and they were good, all the more tastier and full of flavour so I may sway towards grilled chicken when offered on a menu in the future.
With Mezze offering a range of seafood dishes, it was only right that I got involved and tried something from the ocean. Despite myself not ordering a seafood dish, my mum did, and done well in persuading me to try one of her king prawns in a wine and garlic butter sauce. After some slight hesitation, I tried it and it wasn’t so bad after all, in actual fact I’d be tempted to try them again. This is one of the reasons I love trying out new restaurants because the majority of the time I end up trying new dishes that I otherwise wouldn’t try at all, so thanks Mezze for making my first prawn experience a good one.
Dessert. Dessert. Dessert. I ordered the Kormos which underneath stated was chocolate salami, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect (the thought crossed my mind that I’d possibly be getting a chocolate covered sausage). It came and to my relief it wasn’t a chocolate covered sausage, it was a dessert made from chocolates and biscuit, alongside a scoop of ice-cream. Apparently Kormos is the Greek word for tree log and this is why the dessert is called Kormos because of its shape (can you tell I’ve done my research?), so I can now add to my food list that I’ve tried a traditional Greek dessert. Overall I had a great time at Mezze and a lovely evening spent with my mum. Although my dinner was complimentary for review purposes, in terms of the price value I thought the dishes could of been a little larger, but Mezze would make a great location for a special occasion or a dinner prior to attending an event at the Hydro next door, like the many Queen lovers who were there that very night I was. I’m very intrigued by The Rotunda and due to it being home to 3 other restaurant in addition to Mezze, I’ll definitely be back to try out the other 3 and next time I’m back at Mezze, I’ll be sure to give their Halloumi fries a try.