Halloumi (City Centre), Glasgow

Hallo U! Mi!



Today’s trip takes us into the City Centre, and specifically to Hope Street for lunch at Halloumi.

But… What is “Halloumi”? In the classical sense (i.e. not this), Halloumi is a sort of cheese popular in the Mediterranean which can be substituted for meat – and by that I mean you can grill it. Obviously, regular cheese is also a substitute for meat if you so desire. Just take out the meat and put in cheese, it’s easy. Have yourself a Cheese Wellington if it takes your fancy. Or why not a Cheese and Kidney pie? The options are unlimited. Go nuts.

This Halloumi, however, as the more observant will have noticed from the low quality photo above, is a restaurant – which handily keeps in with the general ethos of this blog, which reviews kebabs etc. and their vendors. This Halloumi is a Greek restaurant, which was selling a Greek beer that I really wanted to drink (Septem 8th Day, if you were wondering), and herein lies the problem – you can’t just go into a restaurant for a beer – it’s not considered “proper” by the hoi polloi’ses.

So this happened.

The beer was very nice, as was expected (though at £6.50 a 33cl bottle they may as well change their name from “Halloumi” to “Halloumlight Robbery”). The gyros were *very* good, which I wasn’t expecting. I mean, I was expecting OK to good, but this was exceptional, for all of it that there was. The tzatsiki was unnoticeable – it served its purpose without taking over the whole meal – a criticism I levelled at the no-longer-there Mr Nicks in the St Enoch food court. The chicken was top notch, and the chips were probably the best I’ve ever had in a gyros in Glasgow.

However, the gyros was smaller than, say, Yiamas or MacTassos, and it was considerably more expensive.

I suppose a direct comparison with the above two is unfair – Yiamas is a traditional Greek restaurant, MacTassos is a kebab van on Kelvin Way slash food court vendor. Halloumi are, by the looks of the menu, a Greek tapas style place: looking around the restaurant, I noted that most people had gone for two or three dishes each, like it said on the menu. Tapas certainly has its place in the world, but I never thought the kebabs would get roped into it.

This said, is it a bad thing? Who knows. They have a daytime deal where you can get Gyros, Souvlaki, and another dish from their ring fenced menu for £10.95, which seems insanely reasonable.

I’ll be back.

Halloumi, Hope Street (also Pollokshaws Road)

Beer + Gyros, £14 in total.


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