REVIEW | The Spiritualist, Glasgow

This meal was complimentary in exchange for review – all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The Spiritualist is an independently owned bar and restaurant located in Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant City. They invited me along to try out their new menu, however the first thing I noticed when I arrived was the interiors. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and filled to the brim with tall plants. I know I’m here to review the food, but I’m a sucker for some green velvet chairs!

The atmosphere in the restaurant was great. It wasn’t too loud, but it also wasn’t awkwardly quiet! We went on a Thursday night and while that may not be their busiest night of the week, the restaurant was still relatively full. I have a feeling you’d probably need to book if you wanted a table at the weekend!

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that The Spiritualist has a dedicated vegetarian menu. It meant I had a few more choices than I thought I would! We ordered some cocktails to drink whilst we browsed the menu. I went for the Spiritualist Bramble – a classic cocktail using Portobello Road gin and creme de muir. Let me tell you, it was one of the best brambles I’ve ever had! The fresh lemon juice stopped it from being too sweet.

We both ordered the halloumi tacos to start. I considered getting the cauliflower soup but decided against it in the end. I thought I would be jealous of Lewis’ tacos if I did…

Judging by how quickly we both scoffed our tacos, I think I made the right decision. The fresh corn tortillas were filled with grilled halloumi, pomegranate seeds and a yogurt sauce. I could have easily ate a million more!

The food arrived pretty quickly, but we did have a nice little break between our starter and mains which I was grateful for. Lewis and I ordered different main courses – shock horror. I opted for the herb gnocchi, and Lewis went for the risotto primavera.

If I’m being honest, the risotto was not the most visually appealing. It sorta resembled a big bowl of mushy peas, but please don’t let that put you off! Lewis and I both really enjoyed it. It had a nice flavour and was very filling – the perfect comfort food on a cold day.

As for my gnocchi, it was not what I expected but in the best way possible! Rather than being your typical boiled gnocchi, it was baked. I love baking gnocchi at home, so it was a nice surprise! I really enjoyed the texture of the gnocchi – you could tell it was homemade. Not to mention, the charred spring onion totally made the dish. Who knew spring onion could have so much flavour?!

I did wonder if we would be hungry enough for dessert, but don’t you worry… I managed to squeeze it in for review purposes of course. We both went for the chocolate and peanut butter tart. My favourite part of the dish was actually the peanut butter ice cream – it was SO good. I was *this* close to asking where it was from. The saltiness of the ice cream complimented the sweet chocolate tart really well.

I also ordered a salted caramel espresso martini with dessert. It was great, but it was definitely a dessert in it’s own right! I struggled to drink a sweet cocktail alongside eating my chocolate tart – 100% my mistake. However, if you think you’re too full for dessert then the espresso martini is the perfect alternative – a delicious liquid dessert.

As for service, I definitely can’t complain! The staff were attentive but not intrusive. They let you enjoy your meal but also made sure you had everything you need. It was honestly the ideal dining situation.

The only downside I would mention is that the vegetarian menu is not on the Spiritualist’s website. The A La Carte menu online only has one veggie main course which could be quite off putting if you are veggie. Speaking from personal experience, I know I wouldn’t go rushing to a restaurant that only had one option for me!

It would also be great if they could extend the veggie menu further and add some vegan options too, so everyone has the opportunity to taste their delicious food.

All in all, I really enjoyed my visit to The Spiritualist. Good food, good drinks and good service.

Just being a short walk up from the shops of Argyle street, it would be the perfect place to rest your feet after a long day of shopping.

Want to visit The Spiritualist for yourself? 

They’re located at 62 Miller Street, Glasgow. You can visit their website here to find out more.


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