May 23 2012 By Emma Smith
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Address: 171 Great Western Road Telephone: 331 1901 Web: www.theroxy171.co.uk
THE Roxy has something for everyone.
The intimate gig venue, which opened in September, was formerly The Liquid Ship.
The interior has remained much the same but that is where the similarity ends because The Roxy is in a league of its own.
We arrived on a Sunday night and were immediately greeted by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our table.
We opted for the Marques de Caceres rioja wine (£16.80), which was rich and fruity.
For starters, we shared hummus and toasted flatbread (£3.50) and nachos with melted cheddar, jalapeños, chunky salsa, sour cream and guacamole (£5.50).
The homemade hummus was creamy and fresh, with a hint of garlic. It was delicious.
The nachos, which were obviously freshly prepared, were also a winner.
The salsa had a hint of mint, giving it a cool and refreshing taste. And the guacamole was zesty.
For my main course, I opted for the vegetarian African tagine (£7.95) - which was listed as the curry of the day. It was bursting with flavour. The slowly cooked dish, which included courgettes, sweet potato, sultanas, tomatoes, peppers and aubergine was sweet and authentic.
It seemed modest to call it the curry of the day as it was something special.
My friend was equally impressed with her dish – a 6oz beefburger topped with bacon and served with a side portion of homemade potato salad and coleslaw (£8.50). She said it was cooked a little rare –exactly as she likes it.
The burgers are huge so it is advisable to say how you would like yours cooked.
Burgers are a staple for most bars and if you get them right, you are on to a winner.
The Roxy 171 certainly has its burgers right. They are miles ahead of many other bars.
We didn’t have much room for dessert but there was no way we could go without trying some of the sweet treats.
We ordered the warm double chocolate brownie (£3.50) and the sticky toffee and date pudding (£4.95).
The pudding was dense and fruity and served with creme fraiche.
The brownie was crunchy and light –the perfect end to a great evening.
The Roxy 171 is a hidden gem. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable.
The venue regularly showcases Glasgow bands, making it a top place to eat, drink and listen to great music.