I’ve been hearing whispers about the wonder of 111 by Nico. Talk of queues out the door and being unable to get a seat, are the hallmarks of an amazing restaurant.
So when by chance I was able to make a last minute reservation on a Monday night, it was an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss.
Where is it?
111 Cleveden Road, Glasgow.
You could drive past 111 and not even know it was there which makes it even more alluring!
According to Nico, his restaurant is:
“A JOURNEY OF PASSION”
“My vision is simple:
Firstly to create a unique dining experience for my guests. The second is to give young people who’ve faced enormous challenges the opportunity to share my passion and drive for cooking, to teach them my gift and philosophy and hopefully change their life for the better.
This is my vision
This is my passion
This is our journey”
Nico has set up his own academy to give young people who’ve had a poor start in life the opportunities to gain the skills needed to be a top chef. But he forewarns that their road to success won’t be easy and will require hard graft and dedication. However, if they demonstrate the same passion, commitment and qualities to succeed, as his now Head Chef Modou did, their journey will be transformational.
Think simple yet elegant.
On the wall there was a quote from Nico himself.
The wallpaper was newspaper clippings which was very interesting and gave the restaurant a very old world, yet elegant feel to it.
On Monday nights 111 do a “Monday Night Taste Club”, so you get 5 courses for £20 each and can add the matching wine for an extra £30 each. If I am being completely honest we miss read the menu and did not initially realise the extra cost but overall it is definitely worth to do the matching wine at least one as it completely compliments the food.
The Amuse Bouche, was absolutely delicious and set the standard for the rest of the meal.
The first course was Smoked Ham Hough with Waldorf Salad and Blue Cheese. The matching wine was a Lambrusco, Concerto D.O.C from Italy.
This was followed by the Flame Grilled Mackerel with Cauliflower, Capers, Raisins and Curry Oil, The matching wine was a Starlette Blanc Franschhoek, Alles Bleue from South Africa.
Then we came to the Gurnard which was served with Celeriac, Brown Shrimp, Brown Butter and Samphire. The matching wine was Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, Aragosta from Italy.
The Aryshire Pork was next which was companied by Fillet and Belly, Prunes, Jersey Royals and Salami. The matching wine for this was Tons de Duorum, Tinto Douro from Portugal.
Since we did not realise the costs until the end of the meal we decided to splurge further by adding the cheese course which was a selection of cheeses from George Mewes with Chutney and Quince. This was a £7 supplementary charge to share with a glass of port each which worked out about £5.95 each.
For the dessert we were served Strawberries with Prosecco, Vanilla, Tarragon and Meringue. The dessert wine was Moscato Passito Piemonte DOC, La Bella Estate from Italy.
The staff were exceptional, honestly could not fault anyone. The food was served in quick succession with just the right amount of time between courses. And the waiting staff were top notch as well as extremely polite and friendly.
Would I recommend?
This is the first restaurant in a long time where I have actually felt special – for want of a better word. And even though we made a mistake by not realising the actual cost of the meal before the bill came, I would highly recommend going for the matching wine, particularly if you’re celebrating.
111 by Nico is Glasgow’s best kept secret when it comes to the world of luxury dining, as it is beyond compare.
Want to Book?
Call on 0141 334 0111 or book through their website.