The Black Dove is situated right in the middle of Shawlands & aims to ‘put Shawlands back on the map with great drink, better food and fantastic customers!’. I’m a sucker for good food in the Southside so I was excited to attend their bloggers night to taste some of the menu! I walked into the restaurant hopeful that I had found a new local with cheap drinks & tasty food at a reasonable price.
First on the tasting menu was a pork belly Scotch egg with chorizo jam & apple salad. Firstly, I’ll admit, I’ve only ever tried a Scotch egg once & it was from a packet!!! (Send me to jail now). So I was intrigued to try this & to see if I do in fact like Scotch egg & have been missing out for all these years. So, I’ve come to the conclusion that Scotch eggs are actually delicious & I think I need a whole jar of the chorizo jam now thanks. The only criticism of this dish is that the egg could’ve been runnier!
Moving swiftly on, we were then treated to ox cheek ‘steak pie’ with garden pea pureé and broccoli. Ox cheek is something I’m quite happy that I’m seeing frequently in restaurants recently. The pastry was quite dry & flaky so I had to soak it in the gravy. The meat was succulent, the mashed potato was creamy & this hearty dish seemed perfect for a more refined Sunday meal than I’m used to!
I was so impressed with the flavours in our third small dish. The baked hake fillet, potato & mussel risotto with kale & shellfish butter. Hake is a fish that I’m very fond of, it was cooked well & the potato & mussel risotto was something unusual added in to the mix. I definitely need to sharpen up my chopping skills because potato risotto is a winner!
We moved on to slow cooked beef rendang, crisp roti, kimchi & yogurt. This dish was tasty & hearty with beef that fell apart. I was excited to try this to get the spicy rendang flavours but was left with something more reminiscent of a Sunday lunch. I think what I’m trying to say here is that this place is good for a Sunday lunch… It wasn’t what I had hoped for but it did taste nice.
The lamb rumb was the final main course & it was worth the wait. The lamb was cooked perfectly & was accompanied with potato pressé, puy lentils & pickled beetroot gel. The lamb was succulent, tasty & the dish as a whole worked really well.
Now onto desserts! We tried a little of the sweets they had to offer. The clear winner from the desert was the honey & morello cheesecake… I went to cheesecake heaven!
We tried some of the cocktails & I was impressed at the prices they offered. (£4 Tuesday-Thursday). However, I was a bit disappointed that only got to try a sip of each. I need a whole drink & a shot of tequila before I decide if I like a cocktail!
Overall, I was impressed by the standard of food from The Black Dove & I support restaurants/bars in the Southside. The Black Dove will be somewhere that I would try again for the small £5 dishes… & a cocktail!
Address: 67 Kilmarnock Rd, Glasgow G41 3YR
Phone: 0141 231 1021
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