I’ve proclaimed my love of Hard Rock a couple of times now, and it’s gotten to the stage where my friends now look out for the cafés whenever they are away on holiday – even Lis text me a picture of one while she was away on her recent America trip! When I received an email invitation to sample the new vegetarian menu at Hard Rock Glasgow, I jumped at the chance – after all, as an ‘almost veggie’, I felt it only right that I should give it a go!
After a very polite email exchange with Alan, the Sales and Marketing Coordinator, I was booked in for my tasting session on launch day. I also persuaded Paul’s Mum to accompany me and, although I’m sure she may have preferred a more meaty selection for our lunch date, she was a great sport and sampled all the same food I did!
We shared a starter of ‘cauliflower wings’, which were a take on the usual buffalo style chicken wings, but with a vegetable substitute. Initially sceptical, I didn’t expect the usual taste to be hidden so well, but the combination seemed to disguise the cauliflower perfectly. I’m not exactly a huge fan of this particular veg, so anything that improves the flavour is a winner in my book! While I can’t imagine selecting this dish again over my regular potato skins, it’s a brilliant way to encourage the kids to eat more vegetables, although I think it would probably work better as an accompaniment to another dish, rather than a stand-alone starter.
Normally I would consider myself mad for selecting a vegetable I dislike for both a starter and main, but the staff were raving about the new ‘cauliflower burger’ on the menu! The patty itself was made from cauliflower, garlic, egg, goat’s cheese, oregano and breadcrumbs, and was served in a toasted bun along with courgette, squash, tomato, salad leaves and a slice of my favourite cheese – Monterey Jack. Not content without a side order of chips, I was pleased to see the seasoned fries which were also on the plate.
Overall, the burger was tasty and worth trying again. After quickly removing the slice of tomato – which is a food I categorically avoid at all costs – the whole thing seemed to work together perfectly. Cauliflower can usually be quite hard, depending on how it’s cooked, but this burger felt just as soft as any meat patty I’ve tasted. The combination of shredded cauliflower, mixed with all the other strong flavours from the ingredients, could easily lead you to believe you were eating something else entirely – I would definitely try it again if it made an appearance in the regular menu!
Not content with revamping the food menu, Hard Rock have also had a go at ‘veggiefying’ their cocktails. Given that my invitation also extended to a complimentary alcoholic beverage, I couldn’t pass up the chance to sample their ‘Very Veggie Tini’! A combination of cucumber, red onion, mint, lime juice and Greek yogurt, all shaken up with some Absolut Vodka, this was perhaps the strangest thing on the menu. It tasted more like the cucumber and mint raita, which accompanies many Indian dishes, than anything which resembles a regular cocktail – I can’t say I would have this one again, my brain was just too confused!
So, if you’re a veggie, or just not a great fan of meat, why not drop by the Glasgow Hard Rock Café to sample this interesting new menu? Running from today (3rd October) until the 13th of November, get in quick and sample some alternatives to the classic meaty selection - you may just be as surprised as I was!Follow my blog with Bloglovin