Our latest review gives me the strangest feeling of Déjà vu, because I am back in Tellers Brasserie at the Corinthian Club. This time instead of brunch with my hubby and little one, I’m out for dinner with my best buddy. Some things remain the same, the friendly and attentive service and the stunning surroundings, but somethings are very different. The bright sunlit room I enjoyed brunch in takes on a very different atmosphere as evening approaches and dusk draws in. It is transformed into an even more sophisticated surrounding, the flickering candles serving to set the atmosphere, it is like having dinner in the Ballroom scene from Beauty & the Beast.
What is also noticeable however is how much noisier the room can be when it is full of people. There was a large group at the bar as we arrived and were shown to our table which made it quite difficult to have a conversation without having to raises one’s own voice. However it didn’t last long and when they all went through to what I guess is an adjoining function room the noise died down to a pleasant background burble.
The menu is almost as well travelled as SFR in its quest for the best food Scotland has to offer. There is Orkney Gold Beef from the very North, Tarbert Scallops and Dunlop cheese from the West and Inverurie Lamb from the East. It is like a who’s who of great Scottish produce and it is great to see Scottish products championed in such a way. Whilst we were considering the menu, drinks were offered and served along with water and then our order was taken without any great delay or haste, it was a nice relaxed pace, perfect for catching up with a pal, when obviously talking is just as important as eating!
We ordered the Dunlop Golden Cross Goats Cheese, with a Caramelised Red Onion Tatin, Rocket Salad and Cranberry Gel and the Pan Seared Perthshire Haunch Venison with Tabbouleh Salad and Pomegranate Molasses. Now some folk will be confused by some of the foodie geek words in the menu, so I will try and translate as I go along…
The Venison was a great introduction and demonstrated the kitchens intention to mix flavours and I hate to use the word ‘fusion’ but displayed that blend of Traditional Scottish with weird and wonderful ingredients from around the world. A very generous slab of venison was simply cooked in the pan, allowing the excellent flavour of this quality sourced piece of meat to come through. The Tabbouleh salad can be best compared to Couscous, it is a Middle Eastern dish with finely cut wheat mixed with parsley and tomato. Its simple flavour works perfectly with the deep meatiness of the Venison. The Pomegranate Molasses, a thick fruity syrup adds, in just a few small drops, a massive hit of fruitiness, which again perfectly balances the richness of the meat. A great starter.
The Goats Cheese was simplicity itself, again the good quality Scottish product stood centre-stage, with the stunningly creamy cheese just lightly melted and full of flavour. The caramelised onion bed it was lying in added the sweetness to balance the flavour, as did the fruitiness of the cranberry. A few sun-dried tomatoes and Rocket leaves added a hint of pepper and more fruit flavours, which again worked wonderfully with the Cheese.
The decent service continued, the plates were cleared from our starters, with our satisfaction checked, more drinks offered and water topped up, the wait for the main courses was just right as well, long enough to catch up on the gossip, not long enough to wonder where on earth our food was. I had thought about ordering the Beef Medallion, but didn’t want to appear greedy so went with the Free-range Scottish Chicken breast, with Celeriac and Bacon Champ potatoes, fine beans and shallot jus. My friend went with the Inverurie Lamb Rump with Scorched Baby Gem Lettuce, Broad Beans & Peas and Salsa Verde. We also went for a side of Dauphinoise Potato, well you can never have too much potato can you?
The chicken looked good, with nice colour, but I couldn’t help thinking it didn’t need to be buried underneath the Rocket leaves. The chicken was perfectly cooked, a stunning golden brown and still moist and succulent. The kale, onion and beans were good accompaniments and the shallot jus was a great sauce. The mash though was the stand-out feature, the bacon running through it was glorious and just lifted the flavours in the dish so much higher than an average chicken and mash.
The Lamb again demonstrated that good quality ingredients are key to a great dish. It was a lovely piece of meat, I would have preferred it a touch pinker, but it was still tender enough. When you read on the menu “Scorched Baby Gem lettuce” you genuinely wonder is this going to be served with a bit of grilled lettuce, and the answer is yes, yes it is. But somehow it works, I can’t explain how, the lettuce is crispy and somehow sweet, think crispy seaweed is probably the best comparison I can make. A Baby Gem lettuce worked quite well, I wouldn’t recommend trying to grill an Iceberg… The effect of the lettuce along with all the other greenery on the plate, including darned Rocket again, was to provide a sweet warm salad base for the lamb and the pan juices helped keep everything moist. The side order of Dauphinoise potatoes were spot on, with a crisp top, rich creamy sauce and big bold garlic flavour. It worked very well with the Lamb to give your taste buds something else to think about.
It would have been very easy to call it a night after the main course, our delicate lady appetites were fully sated, ah ok who are we kidding of course we stayed for dessert! We ordered the Sticky Date Pudding with Toffee Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream and one of the Pistachio and White Chocolate Bakewell Tarts with Raspberry and Rum Syrup and Ice Cream.
The Sticky Date Pudding was very moist and had a springy spongey consistency that was quite light compared to some sponge puddings can be. The dates were cut up so finely to be indistinguishable from the sponge, but they added bags of sweetness and flavour. The dessert was finished nicely with a rich toffee sauce and ice cream.
I wish I had photos to do the Bakewell Tart justice (the mood lighting does not make for good low-light images, still an excuse for a new phone...) the Pistachio created the most marvellous green colour and worked really well with the White Chocolate. I have visited Bakewell before and purchased a Tart from one of the many shops claiming to be the ‘original’ and this one would be right at home there. It has a great consistency and just tasted amazing. The raspberry and rum syrup was a perfect accompaniment with just the right amount of rum to be tasted but not overpowering. A stunning way to finish the meal.
So there we have it, another great meal at The Corinthian, all-be-it a very different experience from our Brunch. Luckily the best bits remained the same, the stunning venue, great service, tasty food. The good value for money continued at Dinner time as well, our three courses and the side cost £56.55, which is more than reasonable for two people to eat out in such opulent surroundings. The drinks prices are on a par with the rest of the City Centre so add another fifteen to twenty pounds for that and the comprehensive wine list has something for everyone, with a price to match. Fancy a cheeky red with your lamb? £20 will get you a bold Shiraz, or £525 will get you a 1994 Chateau Latour… The Corinthian really does cater for every taste and is perfect for a date or just catching up with friends. Worth bearing in mind if you’re looking for dinner in Glasgow.
We were invited to dine with the compliments of The Corinthian Club, but this review and the opinion remain very much ours...