We took a trip through to Glasgow recently to stay at the Grand Central Hotel (which I’ll cover in a different post), dinner was in the hotel restaurant, Tempus.
Tempus has a door from the street as well as access from the hotel so attracts lots of guests not staying at the hotel, which I always think creates a much better vibe. I also think it drives the standard of the food up as the restaurant is then competing with all others around it. This was certainly the case at Tempus, which was absolutely packed on the Friday night we were there.
The high ceiling room and large artwork gave a real sense of grandeur to proceedings and as I looked around I could see that many people were there for a special meal or occasion.
I started with the Vine Tomato & Mozzarella Arancini (pictured above). The small deep fried balls filled with rice were hot and crispy and very comforting.
Alex had the Cullen Skink and was equally impressed, in fact he didn’t really stop going on about how good it was until he’d finished it.
Escalope of Pork Fillet, Monterey Jack Cheese, Boulangére Potatoes and Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce sounded more of a pub dish. Intrigued, Alex ordered it, but we were both a bit disappointed to discover this was not a refined version of this classic pub dish and while it had that familiar sweet and savoury flavour (who doesn’t love Jack Daniels BBQ sauce?) the dish wasn’t befitting its surroundings, nor the rest of the menu.
I had the steak which was delicious, one of the best I’ve had recently. It tasted as though it had been cooked on a Josper grill as it had a heavy char and a strong smokey flavour. The peppercorn sauce had more of a chicken gravy texture and flavour about it but was still a really good version.
The desserts didn’t quite meet the high standard of the starters but there was nothing to complain about. Alex had the Glazed Lemon Tart which was served with Scottish raspberries and crushed meringue. I’m not sure if the meringue was really needed, less is more if you have a really well made tart.
I didn’t manage to get a picture of the Chocolate Marquise, the layers of sponge and cream reminded me a lot of a Tiramisu, however this was served with a salted caramel sauce, which would definitely be a crowd pleaser.
We rounded it all off with Grand Central’s signature martini.
Location: 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF
Price: Two courses £18.95, three courses £21.95
Good for: Steak