Here is an interesting factoid about me – I never win anything…and I do mean anything! I have zero luck when it comes to names being picked out of a hat.
so you can imagine how excited I was last week to find out I had won a competition for a free pizza being run by the crazy MadChef, Danny at Bloc.
I don’t know if you guys will remember but a few months ago Yelp Glasgow held an epic pizza battle, and although they didn’t win The MadChef and Bloc entered this amazingly whacky pizza – The Sloppy Jock. Unfortunately this pizza was designed for the battle and was never on the menu at Bloc….until now that is!
To celebrate the launch of this new pizza for summer they gave away 10 free Sloppy Jocks, and I won one of them…woohoooooooo!
Naturally in my excitement I immediately set about making a date for the next day with one of my friends who had also won. And I figured while I was there I might do a quick updated review since it has been a while since I did my first one here.
Incase you didn’t know Bloc had a bit of a make over a few months back and is looking awfully spiffy. Before it’s make over I described the bar as a ‘cool dive bar’ and the good news is that it’s kept that vibe but now it just styles it out a bit more.
There are swanky comfortable booths, funky lights, and a nice industrial feel to the decor. I particularly love the massive NOT FOR EVERYONE neon sign, and it’s true Bloc and the MadChef aren’t for everyone but they are most definitely for me.
The staff were pleasant, helpful and attentive. I have zero issue at all with the staff – they brought me food and drink quickly and with a smile so I was happy.
The menu at Bloc is slightly mental in the best way, there is a selection of burgers including the famous (and amazing) Durty Burger, a range of dogs featuring the massively popular veggie Not Dog, and a selection of food truck dishes including tacos and a ‘trash steak’.
(Just as a little side note, Mr G had the trash steak and utterly loved it.)
As well as all these dishes they also offer a range of pizzas, which are mega cheap at only £8.95 for 2 pizzas…yes! TWO! You pay more than that for one in most places.
Naturally I was there for the Sloppy Jock and that is exactly what I ordered along with a side of Scheme Poutine.
Let me talk you through exactly what those 2 dishes are.
The Sloppy Jock is a wafer thin, crunchy pizza base (which granted is not to everyones taste) I would probably describe it as almost like a poppadom, covered in a brilliant light peppercorn sauce and topped with generous large blobs of melted gooey mozzarella, moorish meatballs and nuggets of haggis and garnished with rocket. Is it a traditional pizza? No! But when you are in the MadChefs house nothing is traditional. I very much enjoyed it and would be more than happy to go back and pay for the pizza.
The Scheme Poutine is a good sized bowl of fries drowning in Durty Burger gravy which is incredibly meaty and flavourful with diced mature cheddar. I am not joking when I say that I could drink a bowl of this gravy. This dish is a must try in Glasgow if you like poutine, it’s definitely among the best on offer.
Naturally I couldn’t leave without trying the Peanut Bomb dessert which is still on the menu, and it’s no wonder because it is all kinds of fecking delicious! Are you ready for the drool worthy description of this dessert? Melted Reese’s peanut butter cupcakes, layered with homemade salted caramel, vanilla mascarpone and broken sweet biscuit.
The description doesn’t even do it justice. I said way back in September 2014 that this was up there with one of my favourite desserts in the city, and it still is. It’s basically everything you want in a dessert – it’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet, crunchy and smooth, creamy and every so slightly bitter. A staggeringly brilliant dessert which is completely to my taste.
Price wise at Bloc everything is really well priced and I was more than happy with our final bill. I know that the pizza was free of charge but I would have been just as happy with the cost if my bill was £6-£8 more expensive to include the pizza. I did pay for everything else I ate and drank so I am happy to give them a rating price wise for the meal.
(Just for reference this bill is for 4 people and we had 2 free pizzas)
I still love Bloc as much as I did the first time. In fact I loved it even more, the food has been elevated another level with the choices now on offer, the decor is looking brilliant and the vibe is a welcoming chilled atmosphere. So it’s no surprise really that Bloc and the Mad Chef have been moved from an 8 Geek Star review to a lovely big shiny 9 Geek Stars.