Alea Glasgow has always prided itself on offering some of the best food, bars, and entertainment that Glasgow has to offer, all while offering its customers Springfield Quay’s views of the city over the River Clyde.
However, with its crown jewel – leading celebrity Scottish chef Tony Singh’s Tasty – closing at the end of April, Alea found itself with quite a whole to fill.
Despite only opening last year, the unfortunate closure of Tasty has been attributed to Tony’s inability to devote the time required to maintain the high standards he holds his restaurants to and balance his other ventures and charity work.
‘I have enjoyed my year with the team at the Alea, but to take Tasty to the next level it would require a time commitment from me which is impossible at this stage’ said Tony, who recently received his MBE at Buckingham Palace for his contributions to the food and drink industry, as well as his charity work.
The Alea however are not wasting any time ruing the loss of Tasty, as starting May 8th they will unleash their latest venture into the world of fine Scottish cuisine, The Waterfront Restaurant.
Set to be located right next to the casino floor, the Waterfront is set to give casino enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy gourmet Scottish food in the between rounds of exciting blackjack, slots, or roulette action (for those new players who want to learn more about roulette rules or blackjack strategy, there are great guides in VikingSlots about them).
While there are not a lot of details yet about their latest culinary endeavor, they have claimed that it will be the premiere destination to “enjoy modern Scottish cooking using the very best of our local larder” – certainly something that strikes our curiosity.
What The Waterfront has released in anticipation to their opening night, however, is their full menu which is set to include a series of starters, mains and desserts that certainly do reflect their choice to opt for a modernised version of classic Scottish food. With that in mind, let’s take a look at their menu:
|SMOOTH CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT|
|Parma Ham, Oxford Sauce, Homemade toasted Brioche|
|SOUP OF THE DAY|
|Please ask your server for today’s offering|
|Whisky and wholegrain mustard mayonnaise|
|LOCH ETIVE SALMON|
|Baby Capers, Cornichons, lemon & Sourdough|
|Prime Scottish Fish with Remoulade|
|BEETROOT & GOAT’S CHEESE SALAD|
|ASPARAGUS & FRIED DUCK EGG|
|GARLIC ROAST SCALLOPS|
|with Ayrshire Black Pudding and apple Salad (add on £6.00)|
|KING PRAWN TEMPURA STYLE|
|with chilli and ginger dipping sauce (add on £5.00)|
With the inclusion of Scottish favourites like Chicken Liver Parfait, scallops with Ayrshire Black Pudding, salmon from the local Loch Etive and, of course, the Haggis Bonbon, you can have a taste of authentic Scottish cuisine without the need to spend a fortune. The fish cakes featuring Remoulade also suggest of a distinctly Nordic touch on what would normally be a more traditional Scottish dish.
|SEARED SEA BASS FILLET|
|with Crushed spring onion potatoes, Caper Hollandaise|
|ROASTED FREE RANGE CHICKEN|
|with a thyme rosti, savoy cabbage with pancetta, chicken jus|
|FREE RANGE CHICKEN MILANESE STYLE|
|with tomato linguine truffle herb oil|
|8oz SCOTTISH RIB EYE|
|Hand cut chips, Tomato and Portobello Mushroom ( add on £9)|
|with Chickpea and chorizo Stew|
|SUN BLUSHED TOMATO RISOTTO|
|with roast red Pepper and Saffron|
|POACHED SOLE FILLET|
|with parsley potatoes, herb and white wine beurre blanc, summer greens|
|MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLE PASTA|
|peppers, roasted courgettes and Roquette in a rich tomato sauce|
|FISH OF THE DAY|
|ask your server|
|BREAST OF DUCK|
|stir fry greens, soft noodles, soya and honey ( add on £4.00)|
The mains themselves suggest a much more international cuisine, missing out on any truly iconic Scottish dishes such as mutton, venison or grouse. Instead it features dishes sure to please any meat eaters such as rib eye steaks, chicken Milanese and breast of duck. We can almost go as far as saying the mains menu has more of a Mediterranean cuisine feel to it, including plenty of fish fillets, risotto and even a Mediterranean vegetable pasta – these last two being the only options for vegetarians.
|STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING|
|toffee sauce, salted caramel ice cream|
|SELECTION OF SCOTTISH CHEESE|
|with Isle of Arran Oatcakes|
|SELECTION OF DAIRY ICE CREAM|
|meringue, cream Perthshire strawberries|
|FLOURLESS CHOCOCLATE CAKE|
|macerated fruits, strawberry ripple Ice Cream|
|WHITE CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE|
|MANGO AND PASSIONFRUIT PARFAIT|
Finally, The Waterfront’s desert offering offers some very tempting options – albeit only a couple of them actually Scottish cuisine: The sticky toffee pudding and the Scottish cheese with Arran Oatcakes. Regardless, their selection which includes a typical English Eton Mess and a Mango and Passionfruit Parfait are certainly enough to peak ones curiosity.
For reservations or more information you can contact:
The Alea Casino Glasgow
T: 0141 530 9833