Mr. MacGregor’s brings the world to your plate

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There’s always something pretty exciting about discovering a new high-reputation restaurant not far from your home.

Mr. MacGregor’s is a 15-minute drive from my house and I’ve seen a lot of positive comments about it from my friends on social media. So, the chance to dine there would not be turned down.

Their menu is all about celebrating flavors from around the world with a Scottish twist and serving freshly cooked and locally sourced food to the local market.

The restaurant is easily found with ample parking and offers a warm, comfortable and spacious environment. We were sitting in the glass atrium on a cool Sunday, but the heat was perfect – and even a window was open!

My friend and I chose all three courses from the Sunday lunch menu (£22), with a choice of two courses available (£17.95).

Bruscetta, haggis and smoked salmon starters in fleet plots

I made an easy choice for a starter, refusing the soup of the day, lamb and chorizo ​​meatballs—as a salmon lover, I opted for the beet and juniper berry cured salmon, which came with horseradish mousse and apple chips.

I was drooling as soon as I saw the fish beautifully dyed a purplish-pink shade by the beet, and it was all lovingly presented on a roll. When the Musa was soaked it was a nice combination as the horseradish wasn’t very strong. And apple chips—a nice contrast in texture that adds a bit of crunch to a soft start.

My friend loves her bread so she went for the wild mushroom and truffle oil bruschetta. You could smell the truffle oil when the food was taken out – and it was flawless. Beautifully baked and flavored bread with a good taste.

As always, our little diner likes to do things differently, so from the main menu he chose haggis in whiskey sauce and herbed pastry. Despite having left the sauce (which I sampled – really good), the haggis was very happy that it was packed with flavor and the filo offered just the right amount of resistance and crunch. It was an extremely simple idea – and a true stellar spin.

The choices for our main courses were good – Scottish moules frites, butternut squash curry and shepherd’s pie were the ones we declined – and I went for the pork and chorizo ​​cheese burger with jalapeno mayo and chunky chips.

I love chorizo ​​- right now the next best thing after taking a little break to Spain is food – so the meal at the pork burger was not the combination I was expecting and it was a definite success. The meats were well combined with their flavors blending together perfectly with a nice piece of cheese to bring everything together. The mayonnaise was hotter than I expected but the brioche was a real hit.

And a tribute to the chips – it’s often easy to overlook how easy chips can seem to get right, but there’s nothing worse than extravagant chips and they were definitely worth the money like the best chip shop chips. Thick, chunky and full of flavor.

Roast of the day at Mr MacGregor

My friend’s choice was the roast of the day and he was delighted to learn that it was slices of beef tenderloin. These were thick and the portion size was perfect – no small plates here, this was a full and hearty meal topped with a delicious sauce with lots of vegetables.

The sirloin is commendable – thick strips, perfectly cooked and leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

The à la carte menu had many options for all dietary requirements, with grilled Lebanese sea bream, slow roasted ox cheek, buttermilk fried chicken, butternut squash, spinach and butter curry and halloumi fries with honey and sesame seeds. Safe with beer battered haddock, chunky chips, mashed peas, and bloody mary marie rose sauce.

The fish was huge – absolutely perfect and the batter disappeared in an instant. On previous occasions I had sampled fish in a batter that was so thick that it almost became uncomfortable, but here it was thicker than a fish and chip shop, but still not so dense that it was filled with oil. She was delighted that it was a thick piece of haddock and the dough was crispy without being greasy. Winning.

The little diner refused dessert so me and my friend opted for ours – we declined Porelli’s ice cream and I chose a winter ginger spiced pudding with Anglaise with orange cream.

spicy sponge

I didn’t want the pudding to end – that’s how good it was. The texture was just what I liked, not too fluffy but not too dense and the spicy taste was just right in your face. It was like a homemade pudding my mom would make – I can’t get a better compliment than that. And cream Anglais… I could eat this all day!

pineapple cheesecake

My friend’s choice was for the pineapple cheesecake. It didn’t take long – the base was perfectly crumbly, the cheesecake was full of flavor and the pineapple spiced chocolate mousse on top. This filled quite a bit of heat, which was not expected, but was soon dispelled.

Our group was very satisfied with our meals and we left full and satisfied. The service staff are top notch, they know their menu and are full of personality and friendly banter for a great dining experience – what more could you ask for?

Mr MacGregor’s, 679a Clarkston Road, Netherlee, Glasgow, G44 3SE.

0141 261 7156