Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, Glasgow, 8/3/19

exterior
exterior

The Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery has been a restaurant for 60 years and it spreads over several rooms all filled with collections of decorative pieces.  The restaurant is not related to the television show of a similar name, that I could tell.  Our table was not ready immediately upon arrival so we sat at the bar area where the very friendly bartender told us tales of the history of the place.  When we were seated the very friendly staff were opinionated (in a nice way) about what to order from the a la carte menu.  The tables were fairly close and set with white tableclothes and napkins.  No music was in the background but the hum of people provided plenty of ambiance.  Lots of dark wood and some windows made up the walls and the floors were carpeted.  This place  serves pretty heavy food in large portions with rapid paced service.  They did ask if we wanted a break after the main course but we had already decided to skip dessert – it didn’t seem to have a good probability for success based on the rest of the meal.

out front
out front
initial on wall
initial on the wall
window outside
window outside
menus in the window
menus in the window
entrance tile
entrance tile
entrance
entrance
Frankie posed with some old silver pieces
Frankie posed with some old silver pieces
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bar
ceiling
ceiling
lots of decorations
lots of decorations
menu
menu
menu 2
menu 2
table set up
table set up
Frankie found a car to drive
Frankie found a car to drive

 

Bread service was a trio of slices – garlic, parmesan/pumpkin and parsley flavored – with salted butter.  All the varieties were quite soft and light with no crisp to the crust.  The parsley was really strongly flavored, but the parmesan less so.  The butter was good with not too much salt.

bread selections
bread selections
breads
breads
butter
butter
wine front
wine front
wine backl
wine back
Frankie and the table flower
Frankie and the table flower

 

Flash-fried west coast scallops were served on Macsween haggis with a scampi bisque cream.  The scallops were really tender and perfectly cooked.  The haggis underneath worked well with the slightly spicy sauce around it, as well as the scallops.  The haggis had a oat chewiness to it and lots of flavor.  This was a server recommendation and well chosen.

Flash fried west coast scallops, Macsween haggis, scampi bisque cream
Flash fried west coast scallops, Macsween haggis, scampi bisque cream
closer
closer
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Frankie explored the seating
Frankie explored the seating

 

For a main dish we had the Pan-fried fillet of Cajun spiced Scottish halibut served with sweetcorn and coriander salsa, avocado mousse and a tempura king prawn.  It was a huge piece of fish and nicely moist and plated on some rice.  The salsa was tasty but not at all spicy.  The avocado mousse was more like a cream and was reasonably tasty but it had no chunks of avocado in it.  The dish had lots of sauces to blend with the fish but this had so much it came off heavy with little subtlety.  It felt very ‘old school’ with heavy, gloppy sauce.

Pan-fried fillet of Cajun spiced Scottish halibiut, sweetcorn and coriander salsa, avocado mousse, tempura king prawn
Pan-fried fillet of Cajun spiced Scottish halibut, sweetcorn and coriander salsa, avocado mousse, tempura king prawn
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Frankie and the salt and pepper grinders
Frankie and the salt and pepper grinders

 

With the fish we had a side dish of asparagus and Hollandaise.  The asparagus had not been peeled and thus were quite tough to cut.  The Hollandaise was way gloppy and had clotted with some really thick cheese.  It tasted better than it looked, but that’s the best I can say for it.

asparagus
Asparagus and Hollandaise
detail
detail
Frankie played in the hand towel basket
Frankie played in the hand towel basket

 

Another side was the triple-cooked chips.  The large chunks of potato were hand cut from a good potato but they did not crisp up, as they should.  They did blister, but they were soft through and through.

fries
triple cooked chips
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turned
Frankie wanted a fry
Frankie wanted a potato
sign for apron
sign for an apron
Frankie found a duck
Frankie found a duck

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