Glasgow Hard Rock Cafe – New Veggie Menu

2016-05-30 18.32.51

The popular Glasgow restaurant, the Hard Rock Cafe, invited Just8 food blog to try its new veggie menu. New veggie wraps and burgers are exciting new additions to the varied menu.

Just8 and her vegetarian companion had the new Quinoa burger. Just8 thought it was tasty, well presented and filling. The veggie burger was a highly rated burger by my veggie companion – particularly by veggie standards this was deemed to be very good.


2016-05-30 18.32.51


The rock ’n’ roll-themed chain has a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics. Memorabilia on the wall is dedicated to the world of music including John Lennon corduroy jacket and Elton John silver platform boots. The restaurant is conveniently located close to Buchanan St subway station or Queen’s Street mainline.


2016-05-30 17.56.39 2016-05-30 17.57.15


Just8 rates Hard Rock Cafe in Glasgow – 7/10.


Address: 179 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2JZ
Phone: 0141 353 8790

Thaikhun, Silverburn Glasgow

2016-02-13 18.32.47

Just8 Glasgow Food Blog was delighted to be invited to sample the menu at Thaikhun (pronounced Tycoon) in Silverburn, Glasgow. It is situated in Silverburn’s new £20 million leisure and dining extension. This restaurant serves up tasty authentic Thai street food. It even has the Thai decor to match. The service was attentive and fast.

We had the Sukhumvit 38 Platter to share. This consisted of a traditional taster platter with some of their best selling dishes: salt and pepper squid, fish cakes, chicken spring rolls and honey pork. Definitely worth a mention were the delicious mini-fish cakes.

2016-02-13 18.32.47


For mains we had the Massaman Gai (chicken curry) and the Panang Goong (Penang prawn curry). Massaman Gai is a curry flavoured with cinnamon and star anise, cooked with chicken, potatoes, onion and cashew nuts. Panang Goong is king prawns cooked in a creamy red curry sauce with palm sugar and basil. Both really tasty and both choices we would whole-heartedly recommend.

2016-02-13 19.07.03

If you are looking for somewhere to eat in Silverburn, don’t hesitate to give Thaikhun a try!


Thaikhun Silverburn Facebook

Thaikhun Silverburn Twitter 

Just8 gives Thaikhun 8/10.


Chaophraya, Glasgow City Centre


As I strode up Buchanan Street on a cold, wet and windy Sunday evening, I was looking forward to doing a new Just8 Glasgow Food Blog on Europe’s largest Thai restaurant, Chaophraya. Located on the corner of Buchanan Street and Nelson Mandela Place it is very convenient to get to, especially after a spot of Sunday afternoon shopping. You may recognise it from the picture below.


It didn’t disappoint. As we walked into the entrance hall we could tell immediately that the restaurant was something special. With the pristine, white plaster and ornate stone work (I’m guessing this was an old merchant bank or shipping company) and many Thai features (golden elephants and Buddhas) it was clear that an up-market Thai restaurant experience lay in store.

Glasgow-Entrance-1        2016-01-31 18.49.00

The restaurant was busier than I expected for a blustery Sunday evening and it was nice to see that many types of customers looked comfortable being there – from a group of post-shopping ladies to romantic couples and families with their children. The music was just loud enough that it provided a nice background but not so that you struggled to hear your dining companions. We were seated in the beautiful ‘Ballroom’. You can see some photos of this area below.

Glasgow-Restaurant-and-Balcony        Glasgow-Finished-Sml-92







The service was faultless – attentive without being overbearing. We noticed that most, if not all the staff, were from South-East Asia, adding the feeling of ‘being in Thailand’.

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Special mention should go the the Massaman Lamb curry – its delicate flavours, permeated the dish without being too spicy. Nice portion size, too. The Berry Pavlova was also beautifully presented and finished before we knew it!

2016-01-31 17.40.14        2016-01-31 18.20.13


While prices are not over the top, it is not the place to go to for a cheap curry. For a few pounds more, you get excellent service and beautiful surroundings.


Just8 gives Chaopraya 9/10.


To book at Chaopraya

Chaopraya Faceboook Page

Chaophrya Twitter Page

Giraffe, Glasgow City Centre


Having never been to Giraffe (West Regent St) before, we were excited to attend the launch of their new cocktail, the ‘giraffe’s Heid’, a refreshing mixture of whisky & ginger ale (their take on the ’Horses Neck’ cocktail with some tasty extras, even for non-whisky drinkers!).


The place itself has a relaxed feel, due to the stripped wood décor and soft lighting, the samba music suiting diners of all ages and cocktail connoisseurs alike.   We were treated to some delicious bites, highlights being the falafel burger and chicken quesadilla, washed down with a concoction from the extensive bar, a ‘Strawberry Mule’, a sweet warming mixture of vodka, lime, ginger beer and cassis, with a tasty mango sorbet for afters.  This restaurant offers a wide range of food from different continents and isn’t scared to stick its neck out by putting its own twist on a wide range of cocktails.

Opening Night at the Trading House Glasgow

Opening Night

Just8 was delighted last week to be invited to the opening night of the newly opened Trading House in Glasgow (St Vincent Street, opp Cafe Andaluz). The venue has a real old world historical feel to it with a beautifully converted old building. With a vast selection of cocktails, craft beers, wine etc plus a variety of different food, I think this is a place to rival the likes of Browns. I discovered by new favorite cocktail – a ‘lemon and anise sour.’ The Trading House is a great addition to Glasgow’s bars and restaurants.

English Mojito Lemon and Anise Sour Opening Night Trading House Glasgow 69-Final Web Res JPG Trading House Glasgow 171-Final Web Res JPG(1) Blueberry and Gin Crush



PS Did you see that big cart led by horses outside Queen Street station? That was advertisement for this new venue!

2015-10-15 18.24.40



Just8 Glasgow Based Food Blog – New Restaurant Review! Ristorante Teatro, Charing Cross, Glasgow

2015-10-03 13.05.38

GLASGOW HAS ITS FAIR SHARE OF GREAT TRATTORIAS, many of which are on my go-to list when in need of some good Italian sustenance. Well, I have just discovered another to add to the list. Restaurant Teatro is located on Elmbank Street, opposite the Griffin pub, and very close to the King’s Theatre. It is a cosy basement restaurant styled with a mix of modern design – cream leather booth seating – and old-style decor in the shape of stained-glass windows and dark-wood furnishings. But this mix of old and new works, giving it a up-to-date yet historical feel.

2015-10-03 13.01.50


The quality of the food surpassed our expectations. Our sumptuous starters of Insalata Caprese and Cappesante Piccolo (Fresh Shetland King Scallops and Italian Sausage) were beautifully crafted.  We felt that the Insalata Caprese would be difficult to recreate at home due to the quality and freshness of the ingredients, particularly the buffalo mozzarella cheese. The Cappesante Piccolo consisted of the most succulent scallops and well-seasoned Italian Sausage. Presentation of both were outstanding. And we were delighted by the portion size – not too big. Fabulous! Both were to be highly recommended. Our compliments to the chef.

2015-10-03 13.05.38              2015-10-03 13.05.21


For our main courses we had Tagliatelle Alla Teatro (Fresh Mushrooms & Truffle Oil) and the Spaghetti Con Polpette (Homemade Meatballs). Both portions were generous and we couldn’t finish them. However, I think many people would find the portion size to be as expected in an Italian restaurant – so I’m not complaining. Both were very tasty. The meatballs were perfectly cooked and well seasoned. The Tagliatelle had a delicious truffle oil sauce.

2015-10-03 13.23.56                2015-10-03 13.24.17


Most desserts at Ristorante Teatro are homemade (apart from the ice-cream). We went for the Rich Italian Chocolate Pot with Amaretti Biscuit and Tiramisu Classico in a glass. Particular mention for the Chocolate Pot which was scraped clean – says it all!

2015-10-03 14.24.27                2015-10-03 14.23.47


This restaurant represents good value for money. We dined out with a deal from This offer consisted of three courses plus a bottle of Prosecco / wine for £29 per person – though there are many other offers available including Pre-Theatre, lunch, Christmas Day and Hogmanay deals.

Its close proximity to the King’s makes it an excellent choice for some actual ‘pre theatre’ dining. It would also make a great venue for a Christmas night out as there is something for everyone on the menu and a cosy ambience. Or even a good catch-up over a long lunch.

Service was friendly and attentive. Our drinks were re-filled without us even noticing. There was always a pleasant song playing in the background at an appropriate volume. A nice surprise was the free champagne cocktail with the dessert.

2015-10-03 14.21.54                 2015-10-03 14.21.42


I would definitely recommend this cosy Italian restaurant close to the King’s Theatre. A quality establishment in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow.

Just8 gives Ristorante Teatro 8.5/10


Just8 and companions dined at Ristorante Teatro courtesy of



Bookatable – To book a table at Ristorante Teatro with a Booktable special offer.

Ristorante Teatro Twitter

Ristorante Teatro Homepage


Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, Cameron House

Wooden Spoon 3

Situated on the beautiful Loch Lomond, this restaurant is only 30 minutes drive from Glasgow. From your table you can have great views out onto Loch Lomond and the distinctive yellow sea plane.

Loch Lomond

Just8 dined on a 5pm deal which consisted of a 3 course lunch with champagne. We loved the extra courses of Amuse Bouche. Also a special mention must go to the fabulous cheese board. My particular favourite cheese was ‘Blue Murder’, a cheese made by Blur’s bassist, Alex James. There are also 6 and 8 course tasting menus which we would definitely love to try sometime.

It holds one Michelin Star. Martin trained under such renowned chefs as Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White, Nick Nairn, and John Burton-Race. The restaurant was designed by Ian Smith. It felt comfy and we all liked the contemporary design. At the time of visiting the restaurant felt busy but not frenetic. We had friendly, attentive service and which did not feel stuffy at all. We felt well looked after in a relaxed setting.



This restaurant is great for a treat or a special occasion. It is not just a restaurant and I would describe it as more of a restaurant experience.

Just8 rates Martin Wishard at Loch Lomond 9.5/10. We will definitely be back! Maybe we’ll try the tasting menu next time.

Martin Wishart Homepage

Martin Wishart Facebook page

Martin Wishart Twitter page

Just8 Popular Recipe! Wholesome Lemony Dhal.

2013-09-05 20.09.43

DHAL is simply the Indian word for lentils and is eaten in many Asian countries as a staple meal. It normally has quite a spicy kick to it and is often accompanied by rice. However, rather than having a kick, my version here has a lemony zing.

I like this dish because it is healthy and easy to make (even though it takes an hour, you just chop and fry for 10 mins and then let it simmer for another 50 minutes). Most importantly, I think lemony dhal is delicious! Also, it is really cheap to make.

I use spinach in this recipe to add nourishment. It is considered by many to be the ultimate superfood, rich in antioxidants, iron and vitamins and has even been linked to a array of health benefits. So, I reckon it is worth using as much as possible until someone says otherwise. However, you could easily leave it out or use up another vegetable that you happen to have in your fridge e.g. mushrooms, peppers, green beans, broccoli etc.


  • 1 small onion, chopped quite thinly
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tsp Madras curry powder
  • 250g red lentils
  • 800 ml vegetable stock
  • 3 large handfuls of spinach
  • Juice of two lemons
  • Broccoli, rice or flat bread to serve with the dhal


1. Heat 2 tbsp of cooking oil* in a large saucepan. Add the onion, cumin seeds and Madras curry powder and fry for 3 minutes until the onions are soft.

*It is assumed you have some sort of cooking oil (e.g. olive oil, 1 cal spray, sunflower oil, vegetable oil or butter) in your store cupboard.

2013-09-05 18.44.54

2. Add the red lentils, then vegetable stock and gently stir.

2013-09-05 18.55.27

3. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every-so-often, making sure there is enough liquid in the pan. If you ever think it looks like drying out then add some more water.

4. Near to the end of the 45-minute simmer, begin cooking your accompaniment – rice, broccoli or warming your flat bread.

2013-09-05 19.22.33

5. After 45 minutes, once the mixture has a more creamy consistency, add the spinach and the juice of two lemons. Stir in and simmer for another couple of minutes.

2013-09-05 19.51.36

6. Serve with cooked rice, cooked broccoli or even flat bread. Personally I prefer healthy broccoli with this, though rice is the more traditional accompaniment in Asia.

2013-09-05 20.16.20

2013-09-05 20.09.43

2013-09-05 20.07.42

I normally have some dhal leftover as this is quite a generous recipe. I love eating it the next day or using it as an accompaniment for something else instead of rice or pasta. It tastes even better a day later!

Restaurant Review! Browns, Glasgow City Centre – Always Delivers!

2015-06-20 18.39.51

THIS IS THE THIRD TIME I HAVE BEEN TO BROWNS AND IT NEVER FAILS TO PLEASE. From the attentive but never overbearing service to the classy ambience, it is always a hit. The city centre restaurant is a stylish, sophisticated venue which skillfully caters to all manner of clients – post-work diners/drinkers, families with small children/babies, respectful hen parties and birthdays. All were in evidence on the busy Saturday night I visited. I would definitely advise booking a table.


From the live piano – Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings – to the elegant surroundings (the building is the restored General Post Office headquarters), and the lobster night on a Thursday, Browns is the perfect place to enjoy a little down-to-earth glamour. It is also a fantastic location, on George Square.

2015-06-20 18.00.22 2015-06-20 18.00.16


The prices were reasonable for the quality of food served. The spring/summer menu has plenty of gems to choose from (see below for our picks). If you visit on Monday to Friday from 12-6pm, an offer of two courses for £11.95 (valid as of June 2015) represents even more value for money.

Special mention to Gary, our waiter, who was attentive even at busy points in the evening. His recommendations were also spot on, with helpful guidance on beer, wine and dessert choices.

This historic former Post Office always delivers!


The meal

Starters – Asparagus and prosciutto ham; Pulled ham hock & piccalilli terrine; Pearl barley stuffed tomato; Mushrooms.

All starters were delicious and would be ordered again by each diner. Really hard to choose a winner here as everyone felt that they had chosen well. However, we decided the asparagus and prosciutto ham not only looked aesthetically pleasing but tasted fabulous – lovely, sharp hollandaise sauce and a nice size for a starter. But the other three come highly, highly recommended.

2015-06-20 18.38.58 2015-06-20 18.39.22 2015-06-20 18.39.51 2015-06-20 18.40.01



Mains – Pan-fried seabass fillets; Browns house salad; Smoked haddock, spring onion & chive fishcakes; Slow cooked salted pork belly.

Again everyone was very happy with their main courses. The Browns House Salad deserves a mention as a properly filling main course set off with a tasty rhubarb dressing. Also the slow-cooked salted pork belly was cooked to perfection and accompanied by a fabulous apple brandy & Pink Lady jus! Both the House Salad and Pork were the winners here, and offer ideal alternatives to diners who want either something lighter, or more meaty.

2015-06-20 18.58.17 2015-06-20 18.58.37

2015-06-20 18.59.03 2015-06-20 18.59.35


Desserts – Great British Mess; Vanilla Panna Cotta; Salted Caramel Profiteroles (recommended by Gary).

All three desserts looked amazing. The Vanilla Panna Cotta was a fabulously creative idea, with Pimm’s, mint jelly and candied cucumber. However, we were 50:50 on whether it would be ordered again. The panna cotta could have done with being a little sweeter to balance out the candied cucumber. However, it did seem like it was the lighter of the three options, so it really just depends on your taste buds. The Great British Mess was a good size and full of strawberry fruitiness. The Salted Caramel Profiteroles prompted a feeding frenzy, as our group jabbed their spoons into the dish! Caramel and salt –  a killer combination and a novel way to improve a popular dessert dish. We couldn’t choose an overall winner, so both the Great British Mess and Salted Caramel Profiteroles were equal favourites in the dessert category!

2015-06-20 20.07.35 2015-06-20 20.07.29 2015-06-20 20.07.14



Just8 gives Browns 9/10. Classy ambience and imaginative, tasty food at reasonable prices; good location on George Square.


Just8 and companions dined at Browns courtesy of Browns



Browns, Glasgow Homepage

Browns Facebook Page

Browns Twitter Page




Just8 Glasgow Based Food Blog – New Recipe! Mags’ Amazing Couscous

2015-05-27 18.11.08

I LOVED THE TASTE OF THIS DISH the first time my cousin Mags cooked it for me. In fact, it wasn’t just me, everyone around the table loved it. That’s why I wanted to blog about it – with the permission of Mags – and share it with as many people as possible. What makes it special is the combination of pomegranate seeds (something I honestly haven’t used before), fresh mint leaves and lemon juice. It is such a deliciously novel flavour combination. I also love the way the deep pink pomegranate juice bleeds through the couscous and contrasts with the bright green colour of the mint leaves, making it an aesthetically pleasing dish.

It’s pretty easy to make. I did, however, make one misstep by using a whole pomegranate and scraping out the seeds. It was fine but a little messy. If you can find a packet of pomegranate seeds then I would use these instead – it saves hassle and mess. If you can’t find a packet, then wear an apron whist scraping out the seeds!

Overall, the dish felt pretty healthy, with the use of chicken and absence of anything overly sweet which may contain unrefined sugars or fats. Also small-scale studies have indicated that pomegranate juice may lower cholesterol levels. So on all fronts, it would appear to be a winner.


Just8 – Glasgow Based Food Blog Recipe for Mags’ Amazing Couscous


  • 1 x 110g sachet of  couscous (coriander and lemon flavoured, if possible)
  • 2 x chicken breast
  • 1 x pomegranate (or pack of pomegranate seeds – if you can buy the seeds I would recommend this)
  • 20g fresh mint leaves
  • 1 x juice of a lemon
  • 60ml low fat greek style yogurt
  • 1 tsp mint sauce
  • 2 x flatbread

2015-05-27 17.14.08



1. Add 1 tsp of cooking oil (I used olive oil) to the foil and spread it around. This is so that the chicken does not stick to it. Add the chicken to roughly the centre and fold the foil around it, so the chicken is enclosed in the parcel.

Put the chicken parcel on a tray and put in a fan-assisted oven at 180C for 25 mins (or until it is cooked right the way through without any sign of pink bits in the middle). Chicken cannot be undercooked!

2015-05-25 18.37.45  2015-05-25 18.39.38

2015-05-25 18.40.59  2015-05-25 18.42.21


2. Whilst the chicken is cooking prepare the other ingredients:

(i) Add the couscous to a pan and follow instructions on the packet. For this particular couscous I had to add 200ml of boiling water to the pan and leave it for 5 mins. (No need to switch the gas/electric on underneath the pan). In this time, it absorbed all the  water. I then left the pan alone until near to the end of the recipe.

2015-05-27 18.02.29

(ii) Scrape the pomegranate seeds out of the pomegranate using a knife – to cut the pomegranate into a few pieces – and a metal spoon to do the scraping. Wear an apron for this! And don’t have anything within a metre that isn’t easy to clean.

2015-05-27 17.38.42  2015-05-27 17.48.46

2015-05-27 17.49.03  2015-05-27 17.52.09

(iii) Cut a whole lemon into 4 pieces ready for squeezing. Roughly chop all the mint leaves.

2015-05-27 18.02.07

(iv) Mix the low fat greek yogurt with the mint sauce.

2015-05-27 17.37.18


3. When the chicken is cooked, chop it into medium-sized pieces (see below).

2015-05-27 18.07.02


4. Here comes the fun bit. Get a glass mixing bowl – add the couscous, then the squeezed juice of a lemon (I just squeeze it straight into the mixing bowl and pick out the pips if any fall in), the pomegranate seeds and then finally the mint leaves. Gently mix it together.

2015-05-27 18.10.54

2015-05-27 18.11.08  2015-05-27 18.15.40


5. Warm the flat bread in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the minty yogurt to the flat bread. And warm the couscous for 2 mins, stirring a bit so that it doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pan.

2015-05-27 18.14.10

2015-05-27 17.37.50

6. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the mixture onto the warm flat bread. And serve.

2015-05-27 18.16.49  2015-05-27 18.16.58

You will probably have about half the mixture left in the glass bowl. Keep this until the next day for lunch (you could have it in a wrap or as a side dish) or to have with dinner.


I reckon using half the couscous and chicken mixture and one flatbread you are looking at a calorie count of about 400cals per meal.


Just8 Tip : Optional extras could be roasted onion (cooked whilst roasting the chicken), green beans and feta cheese.



1 2 3 5