Monday, 31 July 2017

Glasgow Living Part 25 – A La Carte Menu at Alston Bar & Beef Glasgow

Readers, after a spell of ill health last week, I’m finally back at the laptop, editing pics and typing posts up.  After our really lovely visit to Alston Bar & Beef the other week to try out the new pre-theatre menu, I was delighted to come back again to try out the new A La Carte menu.

Alston is fast becoming a Glasgow favourite of mine – from somewhere I didn’t know existed a few months back, to one of my steak hot spots in the city.  As I mentioned previously, it’s hidden away UNDERNEATH Glasgow Central Station, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a station food joint.  It’s a bar with great cocktails, fantastic gins and on top of that, it’s a restaurant with amazing steaks.  There are veggie options on the menu, but I’d suggest this is more of a meat eaters paradise.

The pre-theatre menu is incredibly well priced and as you’d expect, the al a carte menu is more expensive, but comes with greater choice and more indulgent starters and mains.  There’s a an epic selection of steaks to please everyone at the table and we were blown away by some of the starter combinations.

Note – the potion sizes are significant, so I didn’t get as far as sampling the dessert menu this time.
I kicked off dinner with a gin cocktail – the cucumber cooler this time round, made with Hendricks and infused with cucumber.  Mr WhatClaireBaked went straight for a beer… for this man, it’s the classic combination.
cocktail alston bar and beef glasgow

I went for the Arbroath Smokie and crowdie roulade to start which was served with a charred corn on the cob (corn that came off the cob fairly easily – relief!) potato foam and a parmesan tuile.  Everything came together beautifully and although rich, I made the effort to finish it…
starter alston bar & beef Glasgow

Mr WhatClaireBaked loves scallops –these were seared with burnt ends, served with butternut puree, crispy onions and a green chilli emulsion.  Again, a beautifully presented dish, coming in at £12, but worth the money.
scallops alston bar and beef glasgow

Despite the huge choice of steaks available, we both settled for a 300g sirloin each.  I had mine with plain butter, rather than garlic – it arrived softened nicely, to melt quickly on top of the steak.  The butter portions are generous, so I’d advise a little at a time, rather than emptying the entire pot on the steak.   Not one to mess about with sides – it was skin on chips all the way – these arrived well seasoned, fairly chunky and guilty as it is it was… I may have dipped the odd or two in the butter.
starter alston bar & beef Glasgow

We went for a second side to share.  I LOVE padron peppers when I go to Spain on holiday and it’s very rare to find them here… or when you do, they are always a bit bang average.  Alston have these perfected.  Blistered skins and served with smoked sea salt, they are great to pick at, during a main. 

Alston’s new a la carte menu is definitely worth making the trip out for… and if you do go…. Please don’t forget to have a steak.
padron peppers alston bar & beef glasgow

Oh and those padron peppers… I can’t rate them highly enough.

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Disclaimer: I was invited along to Alston to sample the new a la carte menu.  Any opinions expressed are my own. 

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