This was the first day of our holiday, so we booked a table for lunch at the Merchant City's Esca. This treasure has to be one of Glasgow's best kept secrets.
I started with chicken goujons. These were succulent, quite unlike their factory prepared and deep frozen cousins. They came served with a delightful salad and light tomato salsa. Over the table, sardines on bruschetta were making friends!
So to the main course. We both ordered from the 'specials' menu. With the Veal Milanaise occupying the full attention of my partner I tackled the Pangasium (a kind of cat fish, and new to me). The delicate white flesh was presented in a tomato sauce with potatoes and veg. The flavours were a perfect complement to each other. There was nothing about this dish that I'd want to change.
This was exceptional value, wonderful food in a venue that more than compensates its rather sterile ambiance with good food that has been lovingly prepared and that is efficiently served.
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Andrew MacLean - 01/06/2007