Being a big foodie, I’m always on the lookout for new food spots to try in Glasgow. Vapiano is a new Italian restaurant which has recently opened right in the heart of Glasgow. Isn’t Italian food just the best? This girl could never have too much pizza or pasta! It’s no surprise that I was very excited when Megan from Stripe Communications kindly invited me along to test out the menu.
Vapiano is at the top of Buchanan Street. The restaurant is nicely decorated and well laid out. The large tables and open plan layout mean it would be great for family or friend get-togethers. When we arrived, it wasn’t very busy and there was a nice, relaxed atmosphere.
I quickly learned that Vapiano is a bit different from your average restaurant. You are given a card on arrival which is used to keep track of what you order. To order your food, you go up to the relevant station, scan your card and order from a chef who will personally cook the dish in front of you. This means it is made exactly as you like. You even choose which pasta shape you’d prefer!
To start off our meal, we ordered a couple of drinks. Since the sun has finally made an appearance in Glasgow, I opted for a very summery Aperol Spritz. Lewis went for a Bramble which was delicious! It did take a while to receive our drinks, but this didn’t bother us as we were happily chatting away.
Vapiano offer an Antipasti platter which looked great and would be a perfect starter to share. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a vegetarian alternative for this, so we opted for a garlic pizza bread to start. I wasn’t expecting the garlic bread to be so big, however it didn’t take us long to finish when we realised how good it tasted!
Surprise surprise, I decided to have pasta for my main course (I always have pasta). I opted for Aglio e Olio – it’s a really simple pasta dish, but it’s my favourite! Vapiano’s recreation did not disappoint. It had lots of flavour, and the pasta itself was cooked well. The chef was very friendly and chatted to me while it cooked. I really enjoyed watching the chef cook, and I appreciated that she thought to ask how I spicy I’d like it. I often wish Aglio e Olio was a little bit spicier and the chef was happy to accommodate.
Lewis ordered the Verdure pizza. As you can see, the chef was very generous with the toppings! Fresh herbs and chilli oil were ready to use on each table which I thought was a really nice touch. Lewis took advantage of the chilli oil and added some to his pizza! I tried a slice too and really enjoyed it.
With how generous the portion size was, we thought we’d be way too full to have dessert. However, I decided to have a little nosy at the dessert counter anyway and I couldn’t help myself! I went for the tiramisu which was nice, but let’s just say I was very jealous of Lewis’ chocolate cake… Accompanied with freshly whipped cream, the cake was so rich and moist! To finish the night off, I paired my tiramisu with a really nice Hendricks and tonic!
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Vapiano and I have no doubt I’ll be back for some more of their garlic bread. The restaurant was tidy, and the staff were very kind. It goes without saying that we enjoyed the food too! If you’re looking for freshly made food in a relaxed atmosphere then I’d definitely consider visiting Vapiano!
Take a look at the Vapiano website to find your nearest restaurant.
This meal was complimentary in exchange for a review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks again to Vapiano and Stripe Communications for letting me try out the menu!
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