During the summer I collaborated with the team at the Boyd Roderick in Glasgow’s southside. Located just beside Pollok Country Park, the restaurant is the perfect spot to pop in for a bite to eat or drink on a day out with friends or family and is within a ten minute drive from Hampden Park, so if you’re looking for somewhere to grab a table before a concert then have a look at their menu to see if it tickles your fancy.
The menu is largely inspired by the restaurant founder’s roots in the Isle of Skye, combining quality seafood and meat with an undeniable Scottish flair. Their menu has options for vegans, vegetarians and those who are gluten free. As well as a standard menu featuring starters, main courses and desserts, the restaurant boasts additional menus of Open Sanwiches (available daily until 5pm), Salads and Burgers. Prices for standard meals will cost you between £9.95 and £16.95, with premium options like Rump of Blackface Lamb and 5/10oz Sirloin Steaks being a little higher at £21.95 and £13.95/£24.95 respectively. Starters range from £4.25 to £8.95 making the menu pretty standard for pricing in Glasgow and, in my opinion at least, good value for money considering the quality of product and presentation.
The decor of the restaurant is very eclectic, and upon entering it very much seems to have separate areas that are indicative of whether they are bar or restuarant areas. There are spaces with dining tables, others with low leather sofas and throughout there is a continuity of decor. The space is on a street corner and is perfect for people watching, but there are areas further in if you’re desiring some privacy. To the back of the cafe area there is a private function room where the team hold events such as beer and wine tastings, but can also be rented out for private functions.
When we visited we opted not to drink, but the bar offers a great selection of craft and mainstream beers as well as an impressive wine menu. Instead we stuck to soft drinks and barista style lattes. The website does not feature a drinks menu, however if you have any queries about products available at the restaurant, just call ahead – the team are incredibly attentive.
- Classic Prawn Cocktail (£6.50) – Firstly, the presentation of this dish was beautiful. The prawns came in a stem glass bowl, with chopped tomatoes, an avocado puree and bloody marie rose sauce. The toasted bread served alongside it meant the creamy, flavourful sauce didn’t go to waste and the prawns were fresh and a good size. This starter can be upgraded to include king prawns for an additional £2.
- Ox Cheek Croquettes (£6.95) – This was my first time trying ox cheek, something I enjoy doing when I visit a new restaurant. Again, presentation was on point and the croquettes themselves were crisp, a perfect ratio of meat, gravy and batter. The meat was lean, in a pulled-pork style and served with a rich Ox Jus that packed so much flavour. Although I’m not the biggest lover of mushroomss, these were pickled and again something I had never tried before. For me it’s the texture that puts me off – nothing related to the restuarant – but if you’re a mushroom lover the flavour is incredible.
- Roast Supreme of Chicken (£13.95) – This huge chicken breast was stuffed with haggis and served alongside mashed potatos, brocollini and in a peppercorn sauce. Think Balmoral Chicken without the bacon, which again ties into the restaurants retake on traditional Scottish dishes. This portion was very sizeable and great value for money. The succulence of the chicken and the heat of the haggis complemented each other wonderfully, while the greens and potatoes rounded out the dish well. If you’re not a huge lover of meat or seafood then I really cannot reccommend this dish enough.
- Pan Fried Sea Bream (£14.95) – This dish had many layers both physically and in terms of tastes and textures. Salsa verde created the base and was built upon with sauteed potatos and spinach, the fish and a topping of more sauce. The mintiness of the salsa verde balanced the saltiness of the fish. The fillets were perfectly pan seared; crisp on the outside and succulent on the inside. The capers added another dimension of flavour to this dish, especially when the sauce was eaten alongside the potatoes and spinach. The dish also came with a side salad, and like the other main mean was very generous in size.
This has to be one of the most diverse menus I’ve came into contact with in Glasgow. Most other establishments are specifically one genre of food, bu the Boyd Roderick combines seafood, meats and Scottish cuisine to create a balanced, inclusive menu. Props to the curators of the menu for making it so accessible to those with food intolerances. By far my favourite thing about the restuarant was the diversity of its customers in terms of age and what they were there for. Some enjoyed a coffee together, families ate together and some were at the bar.
I’d just like to thank the team at the Boyd Roderick for taking such good care of us and providing us with incredible service. I’m always sure to watch how staff interact with other customers and can tell that they’re all about customer service first.
The Boyd Roderick
1534 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1RF
0141 649 5061