Last week my boyfriend and I went to the Mediterraneo as I had been gifted an Itison voucher.
The deal was for a pizza or pasta main and a glass of prosecco. After reading that they had received a Best Pasta award at this year’s Scottish Italian Awards I was happy to give them a try.
When we arrived the staff were very friendly and helpful with any questions we had about how the offer worked. We were given an option of when during the meal we would like our prosecco and we chose to have it with a starter. We were quite hungry and decided to add a starter as they had a great selection.
I ordered the Bruschetta Caprese, which is a thick Italian bread topped with garlic, chopped tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. The bruschetta was done beautifully. The bread had been toasted just enough to have crunchy edges but still a bit soft right in the centre of the bread. The chopped tomatoes were drizzled lightly with olive oil, adding extra flavour but not leaving an oily residue anywhere on the plate. There are other versions on offer but I prefer the chopped tomatoes to cherry for the different textures. It was a very tasty dish.
My partner ordered the Haggis Toscano which is Haggis on a toast disc with bacon and a poached egg and a scatter of rocket and balsamic dressing. The haggis was quite mild but combined with the egg yolk, rocket and balsamic drizzle the flavours went well together. The poached egg was one of the best poached eggs I have ever had. The toasted bread at the bottom of the haggis should have been crisper to add another texture to the meal. Without the toast the meal was very soft and needed an added crunch. The haggis dish was nice but I preferred the bruschetta. I will always love a good bruschetta.
After hearing about the recent award we both wanted to try the pasta dishes. I ordered the Penne Contadina and I can’t actually remember what my partner ordered but it had tortellini and he enjoyed it a lot. My penne dish was pasta with strips of chicken, mushrooms, spinach and garlic, finished with mascarpone cheese and cream.
My penne dish was nice however I thought there was a bit too much sauce/liquid, as once all the chicken was gone and the pasta was half eaten there was a small puddle of sauce at the bottom which lead to very soggy spinach and it became too rich to eat further.
The pasta was good in the both dishes but not a stand out to the dish, if you want to experience the pasta more it may be better to opt for a dish with less of a sauce.
I wasn’t going to have a dessert, but I wanted to see what their options were, and again they have a good range of options and I just had to try the profiteroles.
The dessert was a bit small to be completely honest, but I love them, so I would probably always think this, I think 3 rather than 2 profiteroles would look better on the plate. The chocolate may be a bit rich for some so the size of the dish will probably be fine to most people.
I would try this restaurant again. The food was good, the service was good, the restaurant was good and choice was good.
Not really anything to complain about just being picky on how I prefer some meals, but I would return and be happy to try more of what they have on offer.
Check out the Mediterraneo at 159 Ingram Street, Glasgow.