What does the fox smoke?
The Smokin’ Fox in Glasgow is placed perfectly just seconds away from Central Station. The stroll from our Glasgow City Flats’ serviced apartment on Cowcaddens Road took absolutely no time at all! On the wander over, we soaked up the Glasweigian buzz that is sorely missing from the streets of our wee home in Cruden Bay. Our twosome became a foursome as we took Victoria’s pals out for scran and a dram.
The Smokin’ Fox bar was absolutely packed and the restaurant was also pretty busy which was definitely a good sign. Crazy artwork decked the walls and roof, and as expected, there were plenty of pictures of Fox’s smoking grandad’s pipe everywhere.
Life’s a Breeze
Why limit happy to an hour? We had Raspberry Breeze Cocktails comprising of Bacardi, fresh raspberries, lime & sugar syrup, Foxypolitans, a funky take on the cosmo comprising of Grey Goose, St Germaine & pomegranate juice. And I had a pint of Guinness (Black Irish stuff). We had a long night ahead of us afterwards, and me on spirits at 6pm would not be good for anyone come 6.30pm, so the Guinness served as a lifesaver. The cocktails all went down well with Victoria and her pals as they compared flavours and caught up on things I will probably never understand.
Start Me Up
Sautéed Wild Mushrooms in a Garlic Cream on toasted sourdough was put down in front of me and I salivated heavily. It was a fungi triumph! Victoria went for a Stornoway Black Pudding Scotch Egg with Apple Purée and Pickled Apple Coleslaw. The yolk was perfectly cooked and all gooey in the middle. She mentioned and hasn’t actually stopped mentioning the apple puree, so I’m assuming that’s a 10. Although, regardless of how great her own starter was, it didn’t stop her getting stuck into my wild mushrooms. Women.
The Main Event
So usually Victoria orders a steak. This means that I, by default, order the weirdest thing on the menu. But I was in for a treat, she ordered something different for once! So I got this beast of a steak.
And it was wonderful. I have had serious steak withdrawals over the last few years, and The Smokin’ Fox finally put that right! An upgrade with Chilli prawns was in order. I was also treated to another mushroom on my plate because I still had “mush room.” Sorry Not Sorry.
Victoria ventured out of her comfort zone and ordered an Asian inspired Pork Belly. She described the cooking and flavours of the pork as “absolutely gorgeous”. The spicy noodles were a bit too aromatic for her pallet, but luckily I have a more aggressive “hoover” setting and helped her out to achieve that clean plate look.
Pudding it out there
This was a weird one for us. We were all stuffed when it came to dessert. We looked at the menu, but couldn’t find any room for anything. This never usually happens, which speaks volumes for our starter and main. And the cocktails. Cocktails are much more filling than you’d think. Especially when you have 21.
The Smokin’ Fox
The Smokin’ Fox delivers great food and drinks with a healthy dose of atmosphere too and is very reasonably priced. Its location opposite Central Station couldn’t be better, whether you are just getting off a train, or wandering the streets of Glasgow’s city centre. This is definitely a spot we will return to on our next Glasgow adventure! Check out the menu here.
Our meal at Smokin’ Fox was gifted but as always, opinions are our own.