The Spiritualist Bar and Restaurant

Just a few weeks ago I was invited to try out The Spiritualist bar and restaurant in Glasgow, which opened in March 2016, and being the big foodie that I am I was excited to see what this place had to offer. After a long day in the library I took my friend Sangeeta along with me and by the time we got to Miller Street where The Spiritualist is situated, we had worked up an appetite.

Once we had arrived and plucked up the courage to step through the door due to how stylish the place looked from the outside, we were greeted by the lovely staff and seated at our table. Just on the walk over to the table I was already in awe at how wonderful the place was, and being my typical uni student self with my backpack strapped to my back I felt I should have made more of an effort considering how trendy this place is. The decor was beautiful, it’s not one of those restaurants or bars you just sit down in and get on with ordering, you couldn’t help but look around and take all the decor in, from the enormous trio of paintings on the wall, to the little added touches like the mirrors or lights, or the bar that was host to multiple bottles of every drink possible, you could tell a lot of thought had went into making this one of Glasgow’s go to spots.

Now I’m the type of person who checks out the menu before I go to new places so I had a few options in mind, but first was the drinks order. I’m partial to a cocktail or two with my favourite cocktail being a Pornstar Martini, so whenever I visit a place that has this on the menu, I just have to give it a try to see whether it lives up to my expectations or not. When it arrived with the little shot of prosecco on the side to tip in, I was impressed, it was presented well and tasted even better. I’ll be sure to return to The Spiritualist soon to work my way through the rest of their cocktail menu. That’s what’s so great about this place, you can go if you’re wanting a couple of drinks, you can go if you just fancy a spot of food, or if you want to go all out then you can do both. Sangeeta went for the raspberry and elder flower fizz mocktail, which she said was one of the best mocktails she’s ever had, so if you’re not into cocktails or are the designated driver of the night then you can join in on the cocktail fun, minus the alcohol and still absolutely love it.

When it comes to food I’m always left deciding between two options and my two choices were the 21 day aged Aberdeen angus steak burger with fries, or the sweet potato, chard and feta lasagne. What made this decision a little easier was the fact Sangeeta said she would get the lasagne and I could try a bit of that, so I went for the burger, that way I could try out both options and give my thoughts on them. In no time the food came, which is another plus, this place doesn’t leave you waiting long before serving you with delicious, piping hot food. As soon as I saw the burger approaching the table I knew it was going to be a good one, it was massive, and slowly but surely I ate every last ounce of the food on my plate. Any fussy eater like me would be more than happy settling for this meaty delight. On the other hand, for any of you who don’t eat meat then this lasagne could be the ideal option for you. Although I wanted to try this, I didn’t think it would be possible for something without meat to be that tasty or filling, but I was proven completely wrong. The sweet potato, chard and feta lasagne is a winner in my eyes, it was so good and something really different, next time I’m back I’ll be ordering this as my main. Along with the lasagne, you get garlic bread, so all in all a great combination.

The food only increases my rating of this place, and if the mains were as good as that, I can’t wait to taste the options they have for starter and dessert when I get round to returning. They offer a great set lunch and pre-theatre menu, offering 2 courses for £13.95 or 3 courses for £15.95, with the option to add on a glass of wine for only £2 extra. In my eyes this is one of Glasgow’s most stylish restaurant and bars, and with the chilled music on in the background, one of their delicious cocktails in hand, and the serving of great food, you’re guaranteed a fantastic dining experience, all at a great price too. If you’re ever in the city centre and want to stop by somewhere for a spot of lunch, or are looking for somewhere to catch up with an old friend then The Spiritualist is that place. This is another great Glasgow hot spot added to the list.

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