While surf and turf today refers to a delicious seafood and meat combo, originally it was the name of an early type of biathlon which was much enjoyed by tribes in Gaul, now modern-day France.
Obviously, the surf referred to the popular practice of skimming Camembert in the sea while the turf referred to the sport of competitive lawn-tending.
These days, cheese-skimming is almost a dead art in France but, of course, Les Bleus have high hopes for gold in lawn-tending at the next Olympics.
Celebrate the glories of a more modern interpretation of surf ‘n’ turf with today’s Big Deal at The Pelican Cafe on Glasgow’s Argyle Street.
Blessed with cracking views of the Kelvingrove Museum, The Pelican Cafe has made quite a splash since it opened last year.
Modern Scottish but with a twist, their seasonal menus have garnered plenty of praise as has their policy of sourcing all of their core produce from top quality, local and ethical producers.
Today’s Big Deal is a happy marriage between two of Scotland’s finest foods.
The steak offered is Aberdeen Angus Orkney Gold which has been dry aged for flavour for 28 days.
The scallops are hand-dived from the clean, clear waters of the West Coast.
Pair them with your choice of a bottle of red or white house wine and you’re looking at a Caledonian that would make even the most patriotic, Camembert-flinging Frenchman go green with envy.
Don’t just take our word for it. The Pelican Cafe is a hit with 5pm users. Earlier this month, Sarah McVey commented:
‘This was my third visit, excellent food again, trying to invent more occasions to warrant another meal, will definitely be back.’
The Daily Record’s critic Tam Cowan was also impressed and in his review last year, his verdict was:
‘A fab wee place that I honestly think only needs to address one or two minor issues to be truly excellent.’