Updated: Jul 13
I'll tell you what I really love, discovering a wee hidden gem before other people.
My most recent and exciting discovery is Black Rabbit Glesga. A private Instagram account shrouded in mystery, it doesn't give much away - and so neither will my post.
With it being somewhere in Hardgate, it's a treat to have a night out without spending an extra £15 on taxis.
Launched at the beginning of the year, Black Rabbit Glesga has been a roaring success with each night completely selling out.
I booked our table mid-January partly as it was Valentine's weekend, but it was a treat as part of Simon's birthday, of course when I told him we'd be going to a supper club in a house less than ten minutes from us he was a bit apprehensive, but luckily he was totally into it once we were there.
Like I said, part of the supper club's intrigue is not knowing where you're going or who you're going to, so I'll leave out where we headed to or those behind the brilliantly put together evening.
Obviously the thought of going to have dinner in a stranger's house does evoke a bit of intrigue, was it going to be awkward or uncomfortable?
We were the first table booked in which gave us plenty of time to chat to the couple behind the supper club and take some photos of the dining room.
We were told how popular the nights have been so far and it's easy to see why. The gorgeous dining room has been finished to such a high standard with the tables and serving boards having been created by the couple themselves. With a navy papered feature wall and log burner in a rustic looking recess, it is the perfect setting for intimate dining.
Black Rabbit can seat up to 18 people at once and with the service being super attentive and friendly I would absolutely book again.
So obviously the most important thing is the scran, and this isn't a case of style over substance. On our way in we caught sight of a chef dressed in whites so that caught my attention and as it turned out, he is a classically trained Italian chef - so know that the food is of seriously high quality.
When booking we had the option to book two courses for £18 or three for £22, we went for three courses as it was a treat for us - and what a great idea it was.
Before our starter arrived we were brought a pre-starter of homemade sourdough bread and an Italian tomato dip - and I swear I've never eaten a nicer bread. Still oven-warm, the bread smelled incredible and tasted even better, the tomato dip was beautiful and tangy.
We shared an antipasti board of meats, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, a rocket salad and a large ball of burratta - similar in appearance to mozzarella but made from cow's milk and a much softer and creamier consistency.
We opted to have a little time between courses to give us time to enjoy it, and the wine we'd brought - did I mention it was BYOB?
Next up were our mains, Simon had chosen lamb shank on rumblethump while I had gone for ham hoch and runner bean risotto. As you can see from the photos, it looks cracking and was the best meal I've eaten in a long time.
The risotto was super thick and creamy with the shredded ham hoch throughout, I tend to salt everything I eat but I didn't have to add anything for it to taste amazing. Simon's dinner looked and smelled amazing and he certainly enjoyed it.
Again we took a short break before our puddings - as you preorder a few days before I couldn't remember exactly what I ordered.
It turned out to be a passionfruit pavlova, and I've never seen anything like it!
Having had a mixed experience with merangue in the past I was a little big apprehensive about ordering it but decided to go for it.
The pavlova was such a pleasant surprise - the dessert itself was near enough the size of my head - this was nice and chewy on the top with a lovely soft consistency inside.
The passionfruit sauce topping the pavlova was beautifully sweet and was the perfect end for such an incredible meal.
Simon took the sticky toffee pudding with Glayva ice cream and he agreed that the desserts were fab. I couldn't finish mine unfortunately, which was so gutting .
Not ones to do things by halves, before leaving we were brought one of their personalised wooden boards with a selection of chocolate topped strawberry's, macaroons and tablet. We had scoffed most of these by the time I remembered to snap a pic!
We were given these to take away with us and we were so full we didn't even scoff them on the stagger home. They did however make a brilliant Sunday breakfast.
The concept of Black Rabbit is just so out-there for our area, and I hand on heart can't wait for my next visit.