I live out in the countryside, and every so often, when in Glasgow (the big city!) I'd walk past Cookie, and be intrigued but what I could see of the interior; it looked stylish, laid-back and informal but with great, unique décor. The kitchen was open, and there were lovely loaves, bottles of excellent wines and nice cuts of meat on display also. But each time I was around - it was closed!
When the day finally came that we booked a table - my one worry was that I had built up my expectations to the point where disappointment was more or less a foregone conclusion: nothing could live up to what I was anticipating.
The welcome was friendly, the seats were comfy. The tables and chairs are rustic, and there aren't too many covers to make things seem cramped, but enough to give the place a nice buzz. We were well-looked after in terms of drinks, and any questions on the menu were explained by our knowledgable and enthusiastic waiter.
The menu is small, and changes regularly - the dishes are inventive, the produce well-sourced and the presentation reflects the care and style that has gone into the dish.
We've been back a few times now, and we're certainly going back again. Between us we've had too many dishes to remember with any precision, but the ones I CAN remember are the breast of wood pigeon, with black pudding and an apple sauce - tender, rare pigeon breast, which was nicely balanced by the flavours on the plate with it. The cheese board (I know - an odd choice to write about) is based on "choose three cheeses" from an impressive selection - not impressively large, but impressively well thought-out - and the dish deserves mention for the extra thought that raises it above the herd: the home-made chutney is delicious, but it's the addition of locally produced honeycomb that really sets this off.
The wine list is excellent, and reasonably-priced, there are some interesting beers too (Peroni Red Label) and the soft drinks are of the same quality.
It's not just à la carte evening meals: there is an excellent breakfast menu, good lunches, and throughout the day you can grab a seat and a snack - I popped in today (being in the city) and had a good coffee and a lovely slice of courgette cake.
Prices are reasonable, the staff are lovely and the food is great - what more could you want? Except perhaps Cookie's monthly photo competition: take a photo of your meal - post it on twitter or Facebook (tagging Cookie) and you could win a meal for two!
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