Friday, 5 September 2014
Vegan MoFo 2014 - Review: Saramago
I'm doing double duty because of my lack of posts over the last couple of days. This is the post that was meant to happen today anyway.
As I mentioned in my last post, I met up with a friend (interrobang?! from the PPK) for dinner, and we went to Saramago at the CCA. I've been there a few times now, and I'm glad that I gave it another shot after my first, rather dismal, visit (wherein I got a sausage sandwich that contained a single, pre-packaged sausage).
They do a pre-theatre offer of 2 courses for £10.95 and 3 for £12.95, so I went for the three courses. I should've done 2 and skipped the starter, but I'm a glutton.
I got the red pepper hummus for a starter. It was a bit thick, but at least it came with actual flatbread. It was really tasty - I'm pretty sure they use smoked paprika in it because it had a lovely smokey flavour.
My main was the haggis fritters (made with lentils and seeds, not nuts, woot!):
For some reason, they serve these like fried fish, with lemon and tartar sauce. I'm not complaining, though, because they're freaking delicious. They have a really similar feel to haggis (from what I remember), which I guess can be off-putting to some. But they're just kinda soft, and the seeds add some nice texture. I got some aioli to go with the chips, which were quite good, but I couldn't eat very many because I'd eaten too much and had to save room for dessert.
This is, according to their menu, chocolate cake. The cake is a lie. I'm not saying it's not good, because it is, but don't go in expecting cake. This is a brownie - crusty on the outside, dense and fudgy on the inside, no layers, no frosting. I know from cake, and I know from brownies, and this is a brownie. Delicious, but a brownie.
Anyway, yeah, you should totally go to Saramago. The food is excellent (I can also recommend the paella and the gelato affogatto), and they have a good booze selection. It's a nice space too, though a bit out of the way if you're otherwise in the centre of town. But it's worth the walk - I'm starting to think this might be the best vegan food in Glasgow.