Hot Damn! Hot Cakes at Pot Luck

hot cakes at pot luckWhen was the last time you got so excited about a plate of food that you wanted to tell the world about it? Well, that’s what happened to me recently when I tried the hot cakes at Pot Luck, a new(ish!) cafe on Nithsdale Road. I was texting friends, tweeting photos and telling almost everyone I spoke to about them!

And now? Well, now I’m telling you guys. Anyone who has known me for even the shortest amount of time knows that I am a dessert person – so, when my sweet tooth spidey senses were telling me about some life-changing pancakes in the Southside, I just HAD to investigate.

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At my last visit to Pot Luck, clearly delighted about the prospect of hot cakes

I’m not sure exactly what the difference between a pancake and a hot cake is but the hot cakes seem thicker and fluffier. So a thicker, fluffier version of a pancake? Excuse me, I think my mouth filled with saliva just typing that! Anyway, I’m not 100% sure if there is a massive difference but what I do know is that the hot cakes at Pot Luck are different to most pancakes I’ve tried!

So, let’s get to it. Why am I so in love with this dish? Aside from how delightful a stack of fresh hot cakes are on their own (we covered the thick, fluffy factor right? Say no more!), there’s the toppings. At Pot Luck right now you can have your hot cakes three different ways, so far I’ve tasted two of them: pistachio & peach, and lemon & blueberry.

hot cakes at pot luckIt’s hard to pick a favourite, but I reckon the lemon & blueberry ones have the edge, topped with ricotta, lemon curd, lemon balm and fresh blueberries. They’re sweet, zingy and full of flavour (*stares dreamily off into the distance*). I think we might be heading towards a committed relationship here, folks! The peach & pistachio variation are also awesome, and they come topped with pashmak (Iranian candy floss) which adds a really fun (not to mention, delicious!) touch.

I’ve not tried the third flavour yet, but I do know it comes with strawberries, kiwi’s and maple syrup (plus, more pashmak!) so it’s only a matter of time, right?

The hot cakes at Pot Luck are my new favourite indulgence, giving me an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, lunch and maybe even an early dinner (they close at 5pm!). If you haven’t been along to try them for yourself, put them at the top of your to-do to-eat list! You can thank me later…

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Bread Meats Bread

New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? This series is where you’ll find me sharing the most awesome meat-free food options around town, so whether you or a member of your posse are vegetarian, feel free to use this as your official guide to who is doing it right!

You can also catch up with all of my previous Glasgow Veggie Diaries entries here

Today’s edition of my Veggie Diaries takes us to Bread Meats Bread, something of a Glasgow success story. There are very few places in our city that people will happily wait in line for, especially as there is so much choice available. But the original Bread Meats Bread (on St Vincent Street) STILL has people regularly queued out the door, dying to get their hands on their famous burgers or a plateful of poutine.

Now, that’s all very well and good for our meat-eating buddies, but what about the vegetarian options? Actually, I’d heard pretty great things!

We headed up to Bread Meats Bread’s newer Great Western Road restaurant for lunch over the weekend to check it out…

The Restaurant

Bread Meats Bread has a big, sunny corner unit just a hop, skip and a jump from the Botanic Gardens. There are plenty of tables inside, which meant we could be seated right away (even though they were very busy!) amongst the cheery yellow booths, smart tiles and industrial light fixtures. The restaurant is also ideally placed on one of Glasgow’s busiest streets – with plenty of windows for people-watching.

The Menu

Let’s get down to it: does an award-winning restaurant with a focus on meat (well, it IS in the name!) have much on their menu for veggies? Surprisingly, yes! As well as seven specially-created vegetarian and vegan dishes and a dedicated section of the menu, some of the grilled cheese sandwiches and sides are also meat-free – so all in all, a pretty decent amount. No token sad salads here!

That being said, a large amount of the meat-free options at Bread Meats Bread are made up of meat alternatives, such as seitan, pastramheat and vegan bacon. It’s not really my cup of tea, but there were still a couple of options that were just vegetables so I wasn’t stuck. I also liked that the menu (and the staff) offered vegetarian and / or vegan alternatives to a lot of what was on there.

What we ordered

The BBQ pulled mushroom bun sounded so tempting that both Gary and I ended up ordering it! And it did not disappoint – a massive portion of sweet, smoky oyster mushrooms served in a fluffy brioche bun with house slaw made this dish a super indulgent treat. I’m not ashamed to say I finished the lot!

We also ordered some sides – Gary went for the maple vegan bacon sweet potato fries and I picked out some good ol’ onion rings. Gary loved the flavour combo on the fries, which came topped with candied vegan bacon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and coconut. Sweet n’ salty at its finest! My onion rings were also awesome – battered, not breadcrumbed (an important detail, trust me!) and a really generous portion size.

Final thoughts

The food that we had was amazing and we would 100% go back again. The fact that a place that specialises in meat dishes has been considerate enough to have a ton of veggie and vegan options on their menu is nothing short of rad. For most vegetarians, the menu presents a lot of choices! I would like to have had more options that didn’t involve seitan (not today, seitan) but that is just down to personal taste and I’m sure most people would really enjoy Bread Meats Bread’s vegan take on buttermilk fried chicken – after all, how many places in Glasgow are offering that?!

Have you tried out Bread Meats Bread? And I just gotta know: when it comes to onion rings, are you team batter or team breadcrumb?

Where to Have Brunch in Glasgow: My Top Picks

This is a post that’s been a long time coming. I mean, if you happen to catch my Instagram Stories on a weekend (and let’s be honest – the odd weekday here and there…), you’re more than likely to catch me brunching – yes, it’s probably a cliche, and I’m totally OK with that. Brunch in Glasgow is serious business after all.

I think I first declared my love of the humble brunch here and, over the last few months, I’ve been getting more and more requests to share my favourite brunch spots across the city. Rather than split them up into separate posts, I thought I would share my top picks of where to have brunch in Glasgow in one handy round up!

These places all offer something unique, over and above your usual run-of-the-mill eggs and bacon. You’ll soon see why they are my favourites!

Grab a fork and let’s dig in…

Cafe Strange Brew, 1109 Pollokshaws Road

Keeping Shawlands strange since 2015, Glasgow indie cafes don’t come much cooler than our Strange Brew. Not only have these guys recently moved into a bigger space (because, damn, the demand for avo-on-toast in the Southside is STRONG!) but they’ve also given their menu a little bit of a makeover with more of their awesome twists on the traditional bunch fare! My tip? Order the pancakes with apricot, lavender honey, mascarpone and blueberries. Or basically any of their magical one-off weekend specials. Hashtag YASS.

Crossing The Rubicon, 372 Great Western Road

Some of you might remember that I talked about Crossing The Rubicon fairly recently BUT, as well as their excellent vegetarian curries, the restaurant also offers a pretty fantastic brunch menu. What sets them apart is that they still bring their experimental, East-meets-West (end!) style to their brunches and you can expect Besan toast and a fully loaded breakfast naan to name just a couple of dishes. My favourite is the sweet potato hash & eggs – served in a skillet and pure comfort food at its best.

Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse, 265 Renfrew Street 

One of the (many, many) things that keeps me coming back to Singl-end is that, not only do they serve brunch, cake and kick-ass playlists all under one roof, but they are also a bakery. Which means the smell of fresh artisan bread is constantly wafting in the air (if that smell was a perfume, I’m not ashamed to say I would probably wear it…). Which means you get to eat still-warm, fluffy slices with your brunch (ooh, heaven is a place on earth!) and who could say no to that?! I just love Singl-end’s take on Eggs Benedict – their cashew and tarragon ‘hollandaise’ is the bomb. Get it with an egg-stra (sorry!) slice of bread for dipping and thank me later!

Bottomless Brunch at McPhabbs, 23 Sandyford Place 

You know what’s even better than one plate of brunch? How about multiple plates of brunch?! In just a few short months, the bottomless brunch extravaganzas at McPhabbs have become sell-out events for foodies all over Glasgow. Gary and I managed to book places for the most recent one, which took place last weekend. The menu is different each time, which keeps things super fun and interesting. Last weekend, we enjoyed an American diner-themed feast – peanut butter and jelly French Toast, anyone? Also, coffee aficionados may like to note that they serve Papercup coffee. Just sayin’…

Until they invent a meal between breakfast and brunch, it’s safe to say you’ll catch me grabbing brunch in Glasgow most weekends at any of these spots! But I want to hear from you too: where is your favourite brunching hangout? And, would YOU wear perfume that smelled like fresh baking?