Jul 19 2012 By Ben Spencer
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Address: 450 Dumbarton Road, Tel: 339 3355, Web: www.roastitbubblyjocks.com
ROASTIT Bubbly Jocks mission statement seems to be to combine high quality Scots dishes with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
On our visit on a Friday night the friendliness factor was in full effect - despite hard times for some restaurant owners it was busy inside with unpretentious diners chatting away with each other and the attentive staff.
Its unusual name is old Scots for Roasted Turkey Cock. When I cocked a look at the starters on the menu I didn’t spot any roasted turkey but I was drawn towards ham hough terrine (£5.95).
I’ve tried a few of these dishes in recent months in Glasgow and this was the best - its homemade tomato & onion chutney making for a lively flavour.
Across the table a bowl of cullen skink with Arbroath smokies (£5.95) was enthusiastically slurped down.
The quality of the meat at Roastit Bubbly Jocks has a good reputation and I felt I had to try the pan-seared venison with braised red cabbage, mash, green beans andMadeira sauce (£17.95).
The chef avoided overcooking the venison and the sauce had a pleasing richness to it.
Elsewhere on the table the salmon fillet with crushed new potatoes (£12.95) earned nods of approval as did the rump of lamb with beetroot puree, red onion and a red wine jus (£14.95) which came with a big pile of mash.
We enjoyed a bottle of 2010 Villa Cardini Nero d’Avola red wine (£15.95) which has a pleasant cherry taste with our main courses.
There were some very tempting options on the dessert menu including a rich sounding rum and raisin crème brulee with homemade shortbread (£5.25).
However, my table were all fans of traditional puddings and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try apple and cinnamon crumble with vanilla ice-cream (£5.75).
The apple tasted really fresh and the crumble was sweet but not too heavy - a perfect end to the meal.
With an unusual name and unusually friendly service, this place is one to try.