Glasgow Hard Rock Cafe – New Veggie Menu

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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.


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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.


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


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

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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Opening Night at the Trading House Glasgow

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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


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Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, Cameron House

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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


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Just8 Glasgow Based Food Blog – Restaurant Review! Rediscovering Wagamama, Glasgow City Centre

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WE EAT OUT FAIRLY REGULARLY AND WITH THIS I FACE A PROBLEM. I’m trying to be good about what I eat and dining out is not easy to combine with calorie watching. So, at the moment, I am searching for the best healthy restaurants in Glasgow. Wagamama’s has been around for a long time but it isn’t a place I have frequented recently. However, I heard that their meals, particularly the Ramen dishes, are relatively healthy, so we decided to give it a revisit.

Ramens are a very popular meal in Japan.  The first Ramen shop opened in 1910 in Yokohama, Japan, and became incredibly popular with the local population. Almost every region in Japan has its own style of ramen. A ramen is basically a noodle broth topped with meat, fish or vegetables. Or all three.

Just8 had the Wagamama Ramen. It contains chicken, pork, prawns, ginger and mussels. The calorie count is 681 calories per meal. I thought this was not too bad for an eat-out dinner – particularly as the saturated fat content is 6.3g and sugar content, 7.1g.  I remember having a Ramen in the past and finding it a little bland, however this one was far from it. It had lots of seafood, so there was a good flavouring of salt and the noodles definitely satisfied my hunger.

My dining companion chose the delicious Chicken Raisukaree curry – a wonderfully creamy coconut curry with more than a hint of spicy Thai flavours in there. Lovely as a treat but probably not Ideal if you happen to be watching what you eat (at 1253 calories a pop).

Both dishes were beautifully presented, as you can see below.

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I was taken with the free green tea as a palate cleanser.

I loved the tasty, healthy meal and vibrant, busy atmosphere in Wagamama’s. I feel like I have rediscovered Wagamama’s and will visit again soon.

Just8 scores Wagamama’s – 8.5/10. I will definitely remember to come back here more often!

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Just8 Glasgow Based Food Blog – Restaurant Review! Martha’s Fast Natural Food, Glasgow City Centre

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I think Martha’s is one of the best healthy food establishments in Glasgow for lunch. If you are fed up of eating processed food, try Martha’s. Hearty, healthy and fast! They use no artificial ingredients or additives.

I first heard about this place through word of mouth. Great if you work in the city centre or are looking for somewhere to eat whilst shopping. It is only about a three-minute walk from Buchanan Street and is situated on St Vincent Street (just past burger corner!). It was a lot bigger inside than I thought it would be and popular, too, with lots of savvy Glaswegians in the know about where to get a good healthy feed.

I love Martha’s because there is clear labelling on every item sold – calorie count, numbers of portions of 5-a-day in your meal, gluten free, low in sat fat, suitable for vegan/vegetarian and… importantly, if your choice has a ‘hero ingredient’. Hero ingredients are foods with lots of goodness that are in season (e.g. kale, apple and mackerel!) Also, Martha’s try to source local producers.

Just8 tried the Moroccan Sunbean Salad with an add-on of hot-smoked salmon, and the Tam Tam Chicken Wrap – both so tasty! And for dessert a Carrot Vegan cupcake. The Tam Tam Chicken Wrap comes highly recommended. What I love about Martha’s is that the food tastes delicious and it is guilt-free eating out – you don’t pile on the calories whilst eating. Martha’s is award winning and deservedly so. Very reasonably priced, too, for the good food they serve. Without a doubt, I will be back!

  • Open 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday
  • Open 11.00am to 4:00pm Saturday

Address: 142A St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5LQ

Just8 scores Martha’s 9.5/10.


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Restaurant Review: Ed’s Easy Diner, Glasgow City Centre

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I first came across an Ed’s Easy Diner at Euston Station in London and was delighted to find that it had made its way up to Glasgow. The best way to describe Ed’s is that it feels like you have been transported back to the 1950s and are eating on the set of ‘Happy Days’ just awaiting the Fonz to make his entrance. It is a retro experience as well as restaurant.

There are jukeboxes in every booth. For 20p you can choose from a wide range of classic songs from Elvis, Chuck Berry and The Beach Boys to Johnny Cash. We chose a blast of ‘Johnny B Goode’ before the food turned up. All the money from the jukeboxes goes to charity.

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Just8 had the ‘Blues Burger’ and ‘Chicken Dippers’, both as an ‘Ed’s plate’. You could go ‘Solo’ and forget the chips, onion rings and coleslaw. Special mention goes to the burger which was very meaty and topped with delicious blue cheese. We also had a root beer plus an Ed’s Vanilla Shake. The Vanilla Shake is to die for – it tastes like slightly melted ice-cream which, as anyone knows, is the best way to have ice-cream.

The service was super friendly and quick. At the time of visiting – 5pm on a Friday – it was busy but with no queues. Very different from their opening month of November 2014, when we were told it was queued out the door. Maybe now is the time to visit.

So, if you are down the bottom of Buchanan Street, pop into the St Enoch’s Centre for a real 50’s experience at Ed’s Easy Diner.

Just8 gives Ed’s Easy Diner 8/10



Just8  dined as a guest of Ed’s Easy Diner.


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Address: St. Enoch Shopping Centre, 55 St. Enoch Square Glasgow, G1 4BW

Telephone Number: 0141 229 0664

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Restaurant Review: Drummond’s, Pitlochry and Winter Words Festival

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The Winter Words Festival in Pitlochry runs until 21st February 2015, so there is still time to go if you are looking for an idea of what to do next weekend. Last weekend we enjoyed listening to Mark Beaumont, the young Scot, who cycled round the globe and broke the world record; Alan Rowan, whose hobby is to climb mountains in Scotland at night; and the amazing Banff Mountain Film Festival, a collection of short adventure fuelled videos. The Film Festival is touring round the UK and if you don’t get to see them in Pitlochry, I suggest you check them out if they ever tour near you.

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Drummond’s restaurant in Pitlochry is close to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. It offers reasonably-priced traditional pub grub and does it well. It is a friendly, family-run establishment which is traditionally decorated. We were quite tight for time but the courses were served pretty quickly. Just8 had the baked potato and scampi. Both were as you would expect – simple and tasty!

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So Pitlochry Festival Theatre then onto Drummonds for some pub grub for a great weekend break.


Just8 gives Drummond’s Restaurant and Bar 7/10.

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