Chequers Bar & Grill, Glasgow

Chequers is the new kid on a very busy block, opening just a month ago on Sauchiehall Street. I had conjured an image in my head of a casual dinner styled restaurant initially, and I was so wrong!

The gloss paint still has its shine and the restaurant has that lovely ‘brand new’ feeling. With tables, booths and also a large booth for meetings/parties you can have a varied ambiance depending on where you sit. Regardless of where you sit, you’ll see a cool colour palette decorated with neat little accents for decoration; it’s a lovely dining environment.


Smoked Haddock Cullen Skink with Gremolata, Crusty Bread & Hand Made Butter

I love Cullen Skink and I was told by a friend that she had it in Chequers prior to my visit, so I had to give it a bash! I will tell you all now – this is the one. The one. I have never tested such a perfectly beautiful Cullen Skink before. It’s a simple dish, but many places get it wrong with allowing it to be mediocre. This batch contained equal measures of potato and smoked haddock, and the decadent creamy broth was full of wonderful flavour from the gremolata, onions and garlic. It was absolutely to die for, and a must for these horrible cold days creeping in!


Shetland Blue Shell Mussels with Confit Shallots, Roasted Garlic, White Wine & Creme Fraiche

I will say this first: the mussels are HUGE. Clearly they’re first in line at the fish market! Easily double the size of any I’ve eaten elsewhere recently! The sauce was well seasoned and had a really lovely and simple taste.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Spiced Tomato Relish

This burger was an absolute BEAST. I personally think anyone who finishes it should be given a certificate! The batter for the burger was beautiful – lovely and crispy and tangy relish worked well with it. The bun was too dry/stodgy for: A. The size of the burger as it made it too dense to enjoy in its entirety; B. To dry to hold its shape properly and fell apart. So a mixed opinion on this dish!

Across the table from the burger beast was this glorious ensemble:

Fillet Steak with Bearnaise

My steak was closer to medium than medium rare, but it was still really juicy and gorgeously tender. I’ve sent steak back in the past, so believe me when I say I enjoyed it despite being a little over what I’d want.

I prefer skinny fries to chunky chips and these were perfect. I was still eating them after I’d waved my white flag, surrendering to fullness. It was impossible to stop.


Slow Roasted Tomato & Parmesan Salad

Gorgeous. Gorgeous is the only word. Such a beautiful side dish and to be honest I would easily order that with chicken/steak in it as a full salad as the simple flavours were refreshing and just perfect.


Ayrshire Smoked Ham Hock Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Oh baby. Up until now the Howlin’ Wolf holds the “best mac ‘n’ cheese in Glasgow” title as far as I’m concerned – this is equal to theirs. I’ll have to eat more of each to be sure…

Oh hello. We couldn’t finish everything during this one sitting, but refused to leave without the mac ‘n’ cheese. My first thought when I woke up thought was “WE CAN MAKE TOASTIES WITH IT”.

And we did. And lived happily ever after.

As you can imagine – I totally recommend this place! If you want to experience gorgeous flavours from fresh, local food….give this place a try! It’s really I’m looking for in a menu, personally! They’re up for an award for their cocktails, but I was in no mood to try them on Saturday…followers of my Instagram will know I hosted a cocktail party, so the thought of anything stronger than a Coke wasn’t going to happen! Definitely next time!

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Chequers Bar & Grill

283 Sauchiehall Street

Glasgow

G2 3HQ

01412309067

http://www.chequersbarandgrill.co.uk/

@ChequersBG

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