Celebrity chef and culinary crusader Tony Singh recently launched his new restaurant venture, Tasty at Alea Casino in Glasgow. After hearing nothing but good reports about the eatery, No.1 jumped at the chance to spend our Friday checking it out and indulging in some delicious food and cocktails.
The menu at Tasty is a mash up of flavours that will transport you to different places across the globe and uses the best, locally sourced ingredients that are big on flavour and represent the best of what Scotland’s has to offer.
The menu offers ‘Bits Tae Share’, Tony’s twist on classic tapas dishes. We opted for two tapas dishes to share as starters; the Kai Jeow Goong and the Haggis Pakora. The Kai Jeow Goong is a Thai prawn omelette served in a skillet with rocket leaves on top. The omelette was delicious and the portion size was quite big but that’s never a problem in our eyes! If you visit Tasty, the Haggis Pakora is a must – an Indian dish with a brilliant Scottish twist, and super tasty too.
The menu features a ‘Glasvegas’ section, which offers normal sized main courses for those who don’t fancy the sharing plate options. We thought we would go for two very different dishes to make sure we get the full Tasty experience. We went for the 8oz Fillet Steak and the Punjabi Spiced Salmon.
The steak was cooked to perfection – succulent and juicy, it came served with fries, a slow roasted tomato and a delicious Béarnaise sauce. The fillet of salmon came smothered in a spiced Punjabi sauce, served with vegetables and creamy mashed potato – the dish was bursting with flavour and light enough to make sure we had room for dessert.
We couldn’t resist a dessert and decided to share the Finnieston Ice-cream Sunday, needless to say it was amazing!
The extensive drinks list ensured our every need was catered to. We were in the mood for some cocktails, and what they had to offer did not disappoint.
I started with the Russian Spring Punch – Smirnoff Vodka, Crème De Cassis and fresh lemon, topped with Prosecco. It’s the perfect drink to get your Friday evening started. We also tried out the Tasty Collins – Martin Millers Gin, mint, cucumber and a drizzle of blackcurrant. A delicious twist on the traditional Tom Collins.
The barman let us know he was open to mix up anything we fancied! The drinks list also offers a selection of beers from around the world, as well as various wines and of course, soft drinks.
Hidden inside the throes of one of Glasgow’s premier casino’s, Tasty has its own unique setting overlooking the Clyde and the Glasgow skyline – we had a window seat, allowing us to gaze out at the bright lights of Glasgow during our visit. The restaurant offers a combination of vibrant and fun, while remaining relaxed at the same time – the atmosphere really does reflect the menu. As we scanned the room after finishing up at around 8pm on a gloomy Friday evening, all around were smiling faces enjoying food from all over the globe, in the homely comforts of Scotland.
Starter 1: Kai Jeow Goong (£6.00),
Starter 2: Haggis Pakora (£4.00),
Main 1: 8oz Fillet Steak (£25),
Main 2: Punjabi Spiced Salmon (£14),
Dessert: Finnieston Sundae (£5).
Glasgow, G5 8NP.
tel: 0141 555 6100