The Finnieston… in Finnieston. Seafood & gin enthusiasts, you might want to read this!

Is it just me or does everyone have a massive list of restaurants they’ve been meaning to visit for years? Well The Finnieston in… you guessed it, Finnieston had been on mine for sometime. I’m a massive lover of seafood & I had been stalking their instagram for ages so was excited to see what the had to offer!
Not only is The Finnieston synonymous with fresh seafood, they have a pretty impressive bar with enough gin to satisfy any gin enthusiast.
To start, I tried the braised octopus, squid ink emulsion, chilli with confit lime & coriander. The charred octopus made for a great combination of textures on this plate. It also made me wonder, why can’t I cook octopus this good?

A very pretty plate of scallops.
Gill opted for the wild garlic & walnut pesto gnocchi. I gladly stole a bite or two of this dish, the flavours were incredible & bonus points for the novelty sized gnocchi, I liked that a lot.
The Finnieston also offers whole grilled fish, just ask them what their catch of the day is!
I tackled the roast fillet of Peterhead turbot, braised ox tongue, baby vegetables & ox jus for my main. This was the star of the show for me, the turbot was fresh & was cooked to perfection. The succulent ox tongue provided a beautiful contrast in textures that made it feel more like a hearty roast dinner than a light plate of seafood. I am so not complaining about that by the way. I am definitely of the opinion that fish should be one of the staples of a roast dinner!
Okay, dessert was a challenge for me. I’m training to be a property surveyor & all I’ve ever known of Japanese knotweed is that it’s awful & wrecks the foundation of buildings!!! Safe to say I had a few sherries before I ate the devils lettuce (not what you’re thinking!). The strawberry & meringue reminded me of eton mess & the Japanese knotweed… I’m afraid to admit it, but it actually tasted good! Hopefully this doesn’t ruin my chances of presenting Homes Under the Hammer…
Overall, I was impressed by the high quality of the food & even noticed that soon after that The Finnieston did rather well at the Scottish Food Awards picking up Restaurant of the year 2017. I would say that’s a solid achievement & if my ramblings don’t convince you to try a bite to eat there then their reputation certainly should.
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Value for Money: 7/10

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