Your Hestons, Ramsays and Jamies are all fine and dandy but fancy cuisine sweated over by a big name chef is not what everyone always wants to eat.
Sometimes, what you really, really want is hearty, thoughtful cooking served by friendly people in a cosy neighbourhood hangout.
Step forward Sideways on Elderslie Street. Specialising in seasonal, fresh dishes, this licensed bistro has been happily winning friends in the West End since opening earlier this year.
According to Joanna Blythman, who reviewed the bistro in the Sunday Herald, Sideways is the kind of place where staff ‘greet you with personable service, buy their raw materials well, try to keep up with ethical considerations and yet still manage to serve you food you’re very happy to eat’.
‘I’d love it if Sideways was down my way,’ she adds.
If Sideways sounds as though it would float your boat then today’s Big Deal will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Available Monday to Friday, noon-8pm, the offer is for two people to enjoy a starter and main course plus a glass of wine from the following 5pm Big Deal menu.
Vegetarian soup of the day
Spicy Italian sausage stew
Chicken liver parfait served with Scottish oatcakes and pickle
Sideways caprese salad
Sideways beef burger, stuffed with caramelised onions on toasted brioche
Garlic roasted breast of chicken with truffle dressed potatoes and roasted vegetables
Herb-crusted, baked, goat’s cheese, caramelised onions, dressed new potatoes and crunchy asparagus
Slow roasted pork belly served with garlic-crushed potatoes, citrus greens and apple sauce
Hot smoked fish and crab salad, with asparagus, courgette and a lemon and honey dressing
Great gift idea
With vouchers valid from early January to the end of February, this is the sort of offer which you can buy now and then tuck away – a treat to look forward to once all the festivities have blown over.
Of course, the vouchers would also make great stocking fillers.
The Sunday Herald’s reviewer gave Sideways the thumbs up and the army of 5pm restaurant reviewers seem just as pleased the West End bistro.
Currently boasting a combined score of 4.2/5, this is what a recent diner had to say of Sideways:
‘Great quality food and wine. Had dinner here last night and was really impressed – great quality food and really nice wine. Nice atmosphere and staff were friendly and attentive. We will definitely return.’ Rating 5/5