We reckon that the best people in life are often the pioneers.
And while you won’t, sadly, be the first to climb Everest or take a rocket to the Moon, you can be that friend who always tries out new restaurants first.
So how about heading to Embargo? This brand new dining spot on Byres Road specialises in Asian and Pacific small plates, accompanied by quality botanical cocktails.
If this sounds like your bag (we’re guessing that it might), then snap up today’s Big Deal on £25 for a £40 food spend.
And obviously, this would also make a very stylish gift for a foodie friend, couple or even a family.
Pacific-style cuisine in the West End
Embargo is a sleek eating and drinking spot on Byres Road.
Promising the vibrant flavours of Australasia and East Asia, you can sample a range of creative small plates, bar bites and ramen bowls.
Botanical cocktails and a resident DJ every Thursday, Friday and Saturday make this a lively spot to dine.
£40 food spend
With this Big Deal, you get £40 worth of food spend for £25. It is super flexible as it can be used for up to four people, Sunday to Friday, from noon to 10pm.
The offer is available until 28th February 2020. You can also buy multiples (with up to eight dining at a table), should you fancy making a night of it with friends before heading to the Grosvenor cinema or West End bars.
Creative small plates
The menu at Embargo focuses on Asian tapas dishes that are ideal for either snacking or sharing, as well as hearty ramen bowls.
Choices can change, but expect bar bite options like tempura popcorn and boneless Korean fried chicken.
Small plates could include the crispy suckling pig pork belly with jalapeño pineapple salsa, the salt & chilli baby squid with lime dip and the massaman cauliflower cheese. A vegan choice might be the moromi miso aubergine with maple & pomegranate.
Ramen dishes could feature charred steak, suckling pig pork belly or fermented oyster mushrooms.
Imaginative brunch options
Embargo also offers a taste bud tickling brunch menu as well.
Alongside a classic full breakfast, choices include the ricotta hotcakes with frozen blackberries & pecans and the ginger sweet potato goats’ cheese hash with poached egg.
Or how about the banana & blackberry acai bowl?
Although it has only just opened, Embargo is already picking up rave reviews on its Facebook page:
‘A lovely addition to the West End. We had such a great time here! The food was great and the cocktails were even better. We got our bill and then stayed for more cocktails… they’re that good! Staff are really friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back in the near future.’
‘Staff friendly, chatty but not intrusive, will be back. Stylish interior.’
‘The place is amazing. Went for Sunday brunch with friends and had great food and service for good value! Will definitely go back!’
Christmas gift for foodies
With this Big Deal, you can try out this smart West End restaurant with up to three friends in tow.
Or are you stuck for gift ideas for a friend, couple or even a family? A meal at Embargo would make a swish choice as they will get to sample creative small plates in a chic new dining spot.
Can’t argue with that.