Amarone is situated at the busy Buchanan Street, just opposite the church. Many Glaswegian, myself include, had walked past it many a times before but somehow just never went in. My work arranged a dinner there, allowing me the chance to finally check it out. Note that the Chaophraya are on top, with a bigger sign, but their entrances are pretty close.
I'd expected this place to be the dim dark damp dungeon-like old place. It was however completely opposite. I went downstairs, and instead of the anticipated stuffiness for a sunny day, it was a cooling well-lit environment that greeted me. The place was a lot bigger than I'd thought, and the decor seems pretty modern. The bar, and leading into the kitchen, was the first thing you can see with its racks of shiny glasses. I don't think the kitchen door closes, and therefore the place is a bit loud. It may just be because of our rowdy bunch, but if you're looking for your traditional soft-spoken place, this is not the type.
Again with Italians, there is always the risk that you are only filled up by the cheesiness of it all and the portions aren't actually enough. However, the most notable point of this place is that I was halfway through my main course and was already full. Very good portions I think.
We had a set menu, but the range on the menu is only average from what I'd seen. I'm a picky eater, and the selection held a bit of a fusion theme, but is generally just Italian. I had a dried meat starter, and a chicken main course, which were both pretty good. A crescendo led to the coda dessert in a delicious tiramisu. There was only one other choice though, which was cheese cake, but was a lot bigger than what you'd expect from the average restaurant.
Overall, it gets brownie points for filling portions and a strong tiramuisu.
We were a corporate party and therefore had wine pured on our table etc. They came round to take more drinks orders, and asked if everything was fine etc. etc. Overall, what you would expect for service, which is good, but nothing overly stands out on this occasion.
As it was a company paid for do, that is why my pricing score may be off. One of the reasons why I hadn't tried this place out already though was because I'd thought it was a tad too pricey to risk a visit. But with that sort of location and that sort of restaurant tier, the price is what it is.
Restaurant reviews are always a bit offset when it with a function/company like I was. However, as the title says, the restaurant was very different from my expectations. It isn't the dark, piano-playing, cellar-type I'd been expecting, which is a good surprise. I probably won't elect going there for a romantic first date, but a suggestion if it comes to a group of friends on a night in town.
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