The West End of Glasgow is a haven for urban wildlife. From grizzly bears to the flamboyant plumage of the Byres Road Fashionista, there is enough going on to keep David Attenborough in voice over work for decades.
Today’s Big Deal is with the stylish Pelican Cafe, one of the newest and indeed funkiest arrivals among the flora and fauna of the West End.
Award winning venture
Since opening opposite the Kelvingrove in 2010, the funky Pelican has pulled in the customers; wowed reviewers and scooped awards such as The List’s Newcomer of the Year gong.
At the time of writing, just over a hundred 5pm users have given it a combined score of 4.2/5 on our reviews site and newspaper reviewers such as the Record’s Tam Cowan have called it ‘a fab wee place’.
Today’s Big Deal is for one person to tuck into three dishes from the 5pm small plates menu at The Pelican Cafe.
With just under twenty different dishes to choose from, you will have no difficulty picking out something to tantalise the taste buds.
Popular small dishes include the West Coast crab macaroni gratin; the home-cured mustard and dill marinated Scottish salmon; the cauliflower tempura and, of course, the hand-cut truffle and parmesan chips.
There are also a couple of tartines on offer. These are large slices of country style olive sourdough bread. They come topped with delicious ingredients such as peppered pastrami and gruyere cheese.
Sticky toffee pudding
The desserts comprise a choice of bread and butter pudding with Tiptree orange marmalade and fresh cream; warm sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream and a cheese selection from George Mewes.
This is completely separate from the Big Deal but we should also mention that The Pelican Cafe has an innovative wine pricing policy.
You can buy a bottle of their wine (they have a great selection) to go with your meal and they will only charge £7 corkage on top of the retail price.
If you like good food but are nursing your bank balance after the festive season, then today’s Big Deal with The Pelican Cafe will light up your January like a burning tax office. The great wine pricing policy is an added bonus.