Welcome to the first post of my special blog series for April – Carry out, Carry on! Which is a month focused on finding new takeaway in Glasgow.
So where to try first was the question? Well, like I said in my first post about this series I do have a few places I want to try, but sometimes I will just get in my car and see where I end up….. And this is exactly what I did last week in the quest for my first location.
This hunt lead to me stopping my car in front of Fusion Palace on Cambridge Street, which is a Chinese restaurant come takeaway. I’ve never actually eaten in this reasonably new spot, but a few friends had eaten in here before and said it was quite good, so we thought we’d give it a bash.
Now the restaurant was absolutely dead at 6.30pm on a Thursday night, with not a soul inside (never the best sign) but I through ‘meh! We’re here now….why not?’ and the menu selection began.
The takeaway menu here is split in two… On one side is more traditionally British Chinese dishes including Salt & Chilli, Green Pepper & Black Bean, Sweet & Sour etc. And the other half of the menu is made up of a selection of more adventurous authentic options – Stir Fried Pork Intensinse, Stir Fried Chicken Gizzards, Pig Trotters and Fish Head in Spicy Sauce include a few of the ones that were too wild even for me. But there are some interesting sounding dishes on the authentic menu…but nothing that I was prepared to order as a takeout…I was too hungry to chance it.
So instead I decided to order 1 dish from the adventurous menu, a Fillet Beef in Gravy at £12.50 and 3 from the more easily recognisable side, Salt and Chilli Chicken, Shredded Chicken in Peking Sauce and Honey Duck. There was also some rice, chips and spare ribs in the order too.
Our order was in total £48.30, so most definitely on the pricey side I would say. But not an obnoxious amount for 3 people if the food is great.
We waited about 15 minutes for the order, which is roughly what I would expect. Possibly slightly longer given that we were the only people in the place, but not so long that I started to wonder where it was.
Everything travelled well enough. There was no spillage and it wasn’t messy to unpack. I would say everything except the chips stayed warm. Despite us putting them in a hot bag to transport them, the chips were pretty cold and chewy by the time we got them the 10 minutes journey to our plates.
So the dishes were on the whole all pretty disappointing, with virtually every dish being utterly bland.
Let me break it down a little for you.
The Spare Ribs although the portion was large, were really really tough and chewy, and the Peking Sauce was super thick and claggy. We left most of these.
The Salt and Chilli Chicken was one of the better dishes. The portion was again a good size but given that it was supposed to be salt and chilli it had virtually no taste at all, other than it being a simple chicken nugget. They were fine as far as just a chicken nuggets goes, but massively underseasoned.
The Shredded Chicken in Peking sauce was probably the best dish, simply because it has some flavour. There was a reasonable amount of chicken and the sauce had a bit of flavour to it.
The honey duck was awful. The massively over cooked duck was more fat than duck, and the super watery sauce had the worst taste…it was sweet but had a weird metallic under taste…it was so bad that I could still taste it in my mouth the next morning.
At £12.50 tho theFillet Beef in gravy was the dish which annoyed me most. The beef was over cooked and rubbery, it wasn’t a particularly nice cut of beef. And the gravy was a thin washy greasy liquid that again had no flavour. About ⅔ of this dish was thrown away.
All in all I found the menu actually quite difficult to pick from because although the menu seems large there was nothing that jumped out at me really as a must try, it was definitely on the pricey side for the quality of the food, and the food was bland and uninspiring.
My first venture out for Carry Out, Carry On! Was absolutely bang mediocre at best and quite disappointing….. On to the next!