Have a Brelliant Christmas @ Brel this winter!
Still looking for a venue for your Christmas night out this year?
If you’re searching for a location for either lunch or dinner in Glasgow’s west-end then may we recommend Brel on Ashton Lane?
We were invited along to sample this year’s menu and here’s some of the dishes on offer:
Home cured Tobermory 16 year old salmon, pickled vegetables, horseradish creme fraiche
Slices of mildy-smoked and lean salmon resting on delicious homemade soda bread with pickles and horseradish – this had quite a strong vinegary tang to it.
Caramelised chestnut, wild mushroom and baby spinach tart, spiced tomato chutney
The veggie option consisted of a rather large and filling slice of flavoursome tart stuffed with (at least two different kinds of) mushrooms and chestnut. The spiced chutney provided a welcoming piquant taste.
If you don’t fancy any of the above then there are 2 other starters on the menu:
- Roast carrot, ginger and honey soup, homemade soda bread
- Chicken liver pate, Cumberland sauce, toasted soda bread
Slowly braised brisket of beef, truffle mash, pancetta, horseradish
A big portion of tender beef topped with smooth creamy mash. It looked good and it tasted great!
Cod, salmon and clam en papillotte, saffron, fennel, white wine
Brought to the table all-wrapped up in a large bulging parchment, which when opened revealed an aromatising piping-hot meaty seafood mix.
Roast turkey, stuffing, chipolatas, cranberry sauce
The quintessential Christmas classic and this was another huge portion. The turkey was lovely and not dry, served in a lovely gravy with bacon-wrapped chipolatas, a nut stuffing and of course cranberry sauce.
Roast potatoes and of course Brussels sprouts!
And don’t forget that you get side dishes with the meal too! The roast tatties were lovely and fluffy inside with a crunch on the outside, and no Christmas would be complete without sprouts, and these were done very nicely and even a non-sprouts fan was seen scoffing a few!
The 2 other main courses on the menu are:
- Venison casserole, pan seared haunch, red currants, mash
- Roast squash, chick pea, baby spinach rendang, mango riata, coriander flatbread
Chocolate and honeycomb tart, clotted cream
Delicious soft melty chocolate with “tart” cranberries, puff candy honeycomb and thick cream. Chocolate heaven!
Orange, mango and rosewater pavlova
The picture doesn’t do it justice – this was enormous! Crunchy yet soft meringue with a sweet tropical fruit taste.
As with the other courses there are another 2 desserts to choose from:
- Christmas pudding with brandy cream
- Scottish cheeseboard, oaties, grapes, celery, pear and apple chutney
Many restaurants may skimp on the portions at this time of year but not Brel! The Christmas menu offers fantastic value for money as the food is great and the portions enormous, in fact we struggled to make it onto dessert, but we somehow found room for chocolate and meringue! We ate in the conservatory beside the fire, which was the ideal place to sit on a cold night. Brel offers pleasant surroundings with great staff and a big drinks selection – it’s just off Byres Road and is handy for Hillhead underground station and a number of buses. The toilets were also spotless on our visit.
Brel’s Christmas menu is available at lunch (12noon – 3pm) at a cost of £20pp or Evening (4pm – 10pm) for £26.
You can book your meal by calling 0141 342 4966 or online through the Brel website here.
All photos (with the exception of dessert) are courtesy of Lex @ www.everepicurious.com and are used with kind permission. 🙂