SIX BY NICO: THE 1970s
After trying out the delightful Trust menu at 111 by Nico in Kelvinside last month and loving every bloomin' course, I was so excited to be invited in to try out the 1970s menu at Six by Nico on the famous Finnieston strip, the home of some of thee best restaurants in Glasgow.
Despite being something of an avid foodie and possibly the least fussy eater ever (I've even tried lambs brain before, wouldn't recommend), for some unfathomable reason, I hadn't actually tried Six by Nico yet.
I love the whole concept behind Six by Nico; a new six course tasting menu with a completely different theme every six weeks and was keen to see how the idea worked.
For me, tasting menus are a really great way to try new foods that I wouldn't normally order from the menu and allows me to be so much more adventurous.
The current menu at Six by Nico pays homage to the 1970s; an era not exactly known for it's culinary delight but don't let that put you off.
I visited the Finnieston restaurant with my sister, Angela, also a very keen foodie but a somewhat frustrated foodie these days since my niece, Lucia is the fussiest eater in the world. Ange had been dying to try out Six by Nico for a while so a Lucia-sitter was swiftly organised.
SIX BY NICO: 'SNACKS'
We started with the 'Snacks' on the menu which consisted of a beef and horseradish vol-au-vent. The beef was so tender and it melted in the mouth. Delish!
SIX BY NICO: 'SPAM & MASH'
Next up was some Spam and Mash which sounds cheap and nasty but was unbelievably moreish and it most definitely didn't come from a tin. The 'spam' was in fact smoked ham hough and it was served with extremely creamy potatoes and pickled mustard seeds.
For me, the best thing about these types of menus is that there is a such a small portion and it really makes you savour every mouthful and become really conscious and aware of all the flavours. You can tell every single element of every dish has been carefully thought out to tickle and tease the tastebuds.
SIX BY NICO: 'PRAWN COCKTAIL'
I love prawns and I love cocktails so there was nothing that didn't appeal about the sound of the next dish on the menu. There were three prawns on the plate, including prawn tempura and my sister got VERRRRY excited about the little cherry tomato roasted in Worcester sauce, it was so sharp and tangy. Another success.
SIX BY NICO: 'CHICKEN KIEV'
I must admit, chicken kiev is certainly not something I thought I would ever eat again. But fear not, this Chicken Kiev was not the Birds Eye frozen variety and I certainly don't remember my mum serving my chicken kiev with a beautiful pea pesto or rainbow radish - really must have a word with her about that.... Another two plates practically licked clean.
SIX BY NICO: SALMON TIKKA MASALA
I never normally order salmon when I'm out, not because I don't like it but because I cook salmon allllll the time at home but I've definitely never made salmon like this before. The salmon tikka was served with an onion bhaji and some curried cauliflower and the most amazing little swirl of a ginger sauce on the side. Again, huge flavours with massive impact from just a teeny, tiny teaspoonful of food.
SIX BY NICO: DUCK A L'ORANGE
I LOVE duck (wow, quite possibly the first and only time I've ever typed the word 'duck' deliberately and not been autocorrected) so I was excited for the last of the savoury courses. The sauce was sweet and tangy and the duck was perfectly pink. It was served with a duck terrain which was equally delightful.
SIX BY NICO: TRIFLE
I really wasn't looking forward to this course and thought I'd just try a little bite to be polite but I'd probably have to do some fake "Hmmm"-ing like Monica in Friends when Rachel accidentally makes half a Shepherd's Pie and half a trifle. (There really is a suitable Friends reference for every part of my life) But, much to my waistlines' demise, I finished every last bit of it - damn you, Nico! Even the sherry jelly layer was surprisingly good and for someone who isn't a big fan of almonds, I sure made quick work of the almond sponge.
SIX BY NICO: THE VERDICT
Put simply, go! Seriously, it's unbelievable value for £25. I'd definitely recommend going when you're committed to the experience of savouring every mouthful though. Don't go when you're clock watching or just looking for a quick bite to eat, the menu deserves your full and undivided attention.
The 1970s menu runs until the 16th of September at Six by Nico, 1132 Argyle Street, G3 8TD.
Thanks to Phil at Skapa PR for kindly inviting me along to try the new menu.
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