Chimney Cakes Come to Glasgow

Attention Glasgow foodies! There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to the Merchant City food scene: The Chimney Cake Corporation is bringing traditional European chimney cakes (otherwise known as Kürtőskalács or Trdelník) to Scotland with their own unique twist.

Not only can you get your teeth stuck into classic sweet chimney cakes (I’m talking the likes of nutella, oreos, biscoff, or just a simple yet delicious coating of cinnamon sugar…) but savoury ones too! I shared the smoked salmon chimney cake with a friend, and we thought it was fantastic. I wouldn’t automatically think to order a savoury option when eating somewhere like this but was really impressed (if a little surprised) by how well it worked. The dough itself was lovely and savoury with a slight crust and I’d definitely recommend giving savoury chimney cakes a go.

Obviously I couldn’t leave without devouring a “Biscoff Overload” chimney cake with honeycomb ice cream…

The Biscoff Overload consists of a chimney cake with biscoff sauce, spread, whipped cream, ice cream and lotus biscuit – what a dream! The dough itself was deliciously soft and buttery – a perfect match for some temptingly sweet fillings. The cake itself was actually lined with a coating of biscoff spread and I was really impressed that the filling went all the way to the bottom, meaning you’re not going to be left with a disappointing mouthful of plain dough to finish.

Definitely give this place a visit – with friendly staff, delicious food and a wide variety of chimney cakes on the menu, The Chimney Cake Corporation on High Street is an ideal spot for catching up with friends whilst trying out some of Glasgow’s newest eats!

Mánes Art Restaurant – PRAGUE

During my recent trip to Prague, I visited an incredible restaurant in the city centre, within a stone’s throw of the famous Charles Bridge.

Mánes Restaurant not only serves wonderful food but also showcases numerous works of art, creating a classy and engaging atmosphere in which to dine.

Mánes art restaurant

To start our meal, we had “Mrkev tažená v másle” (carrots slow-cooked in butter, served with carrot purée, mayonnaise, lentils, onion dust and a brioche crumb) which was tasty although essentially a rather simple dish of root vegetables on a bed of black lentils.

However, I was completely blown away by the alternative starter of creamy goats cheese with spiced apple purée, pistachio and homemade orange bread infused with Cointreau. Each flavour complimented the others beautifully and I couldn’t get enough of that sweet yet citrusy bread!

Czech goats cheese starter

Moving onto mains, Mánes served a stunning Beef Bourguignon: tender red wine stewed beef with onion, mushrooms and mashed potato. The beef (although it looks rather dark in the photo) was succulent and cooked to perfection, flawlessly paired with a rich red wine sauce and glass of red wine.

Beef bourguignon

We also tried the pork cheeks braised in dark beer and served with smoked potato mash – an utterly stunning combination. The potato had a subtle smokiness which together with the meat was irresistible. A total delight!

Pork cheeks with smoked potato

To finish, I couldn’t resist ordering the chocolate fondant served with plum sorbet, gingerbread and a creamy poppyseed sauce (poured over post-photograph). The dessert was totally melt in the mouth, with a molten chocolate centre. The use of plum lightened the dish too, adding a wintery touch of fruit which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Chocolate gingerbread fondant

All in all, an utterly sublime meal in a fabulous venue – definitely one of the best meals out I’ve had in the last while. With such a spacious and glamorous venue, I’d certainly recommend putting Mánes on your list if planning a trip to Prague.

Národní Kavarna – PRAGUE

When visiting Prague last week, I had a fantastic meal at Národní Kavarna, a classy restaurant conveniently located near the city centre.

To start, we shared sides of goats cheese with beetroot, balsamic vinegar, marinated apples, pistachios and beetroot crisps as well as a stunning steak tartare. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted just as good as it looked!

The mains we tried were both utterly sublime – my boyfriend described himself as “close to tears” upon tasting how good the duck was. Served with horseradish foam, roasted carrots, onions and potato gnocchi, the meat was perfectly cooked, flavoursome and incredibly tender.

We also tried the pan-fried homemade potato gnocchi ala Carbonara with guancialle, garlic and a rich Parmesan creme with egg yolk which was delightful.

To finish, we enjoyed coffees accompanied by some stunning cakes – I especially loved the chocolate caramel parfait.

Narodni Kavarna is a truly special spot to treat yourself to a classy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the city centre or Prague – definitely one to add to your list if planning a visit to the Czech capital!