It is a good indication of how long SFR has been going (just over two years thank you very much!) that we occasionally go back to previously visited places just to see if they are better (or worse) than we remember them. What is more interesting is when we return to the same address and find a different eaterie entirely. It happened at 57-61 St Vincent Street where our well liked Pesto was pulled and the feeble Five Guys opened in its place. Our return to 12 Union Road sees our beloved Harley's replaced by Scarlett’s, so how is it?
The welcome is as friendly and sincere as it was in its previous incarnation and the menu maybe even broader, whilst again demonstrating an inclusive philosophy by catering for vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free diets, as well as us folk that just want a good old-fashioned roll and bacon! Big Breakfasts sit alongside Burgers, Sandwiches and Paninis on the menus, but there is some unforeseen items as well. A huge selection of Quesadilla is not what you expect to find in a café in Camelon, the Nasi Goreng selection, equally unpredictable.
We waited a little whilst our food was prepared, but this is fresh, not fast, food and the wait was not excessive, just enough for us to make a decent dent in our drinks.
I ordered a Jacket Potato with Chicken Fajita as I thought it would be a light snack, I may as well have ordered a three course meal. The potato was buried beneath a huge mountain of succulent chicken, onion and peppers. The fajita spices were well balanced with enough to let you know they were there without blowing the top of your head off! As if that wasn’t a plate full enough, there was then a beautifully presented dressed salad fighting with coleslaw for space on the rest of the plate. A stunningly prepared and generously portioned meal.
My hubby wanted a baguette, of which there is a big selection and when there is a filling called Scarlett’s Deluxe it just kind of screams out to be chosen, so it was! If the Potato filled the plate, this was in danger of falling off such was the generosity of the portion, again a huge salad and coleslaw, with a few crisps for good measure, but centre stage was this overstuffed baguette. Chicken, Bacon and cheese all smothered in a mild mustard mayo was crammed into the bread, which was straining like Kim Kardashian's leggings to keep everything in. The bacon was freshly cooked and tasted great, but the mustard mayo was a triumph, giving a great flavour. If there was a complaint it was the quantity of the cheese on top, it swamped a lot of the flavour initially, but after taking about half of it off the balance was spot on. Another well presented, tasty meal that was again very generously portioned.
Scarlett’s is serving good quality food and lots of it, the service was friendly and efficient, but the value for money really is especially worth a mention. The Scarlett’s deluxe baguette was a very reasonable five pounds, the jacket potato just a little more, with drinks that’s lunch for two for under £15. And what a lunch, we were both very happy (and stuffed) and will no doubt return next time we are in Falkirk looking for a not-so-light bite!