So here I am again guys, posting on a Monday! Hope you are proud of me, but to be honest, I hope you are actually enjoying the content I’m putting out there! I still need to kick my bum into gear about planning & scheduling more. But, I have faith I will get there in the end. So as I mentioned last week in this post, I was starting a new series on the blog. Which is great because it means at least twice a month I’ll have something to share with you guys and its keeping in with the lifestyle direction I’m really keen to go with. Plus, it means I’ll definitely have those posts planned every month, which will really help with having content every month. Anyways, I don’t want to dribble on too much so I’ll get onto talking about another amazing local spot!
Today I am sharing another amazing little place, which is also about a 15-minute drive from our flat. It’s somewhere I have also been to, many, many times already… I still find it crazy where this place is located. But, being the family restaurant that it is, it doesn’t surprise me that they have chosen somewhere local and stayed where they are. Papamacs, is a place you would expect up in the west end of Glasgow. Not Johnstone. Not that there’s anything wrong with the town, there are no restaurants here except the traditional Scottish cafes, the chippies and the odd takeaway. Plus, the town square is tiny! As you can tell, there are “food places”, but not gourmet food. But don’t let those fancy words scare you. I actually went for a “test shift” here when I was younger (I didn’t get the job, I was quite a nervous teen…), so I know a little history about the place. Such as the name and how truly family born and bred they are. Which again, pays homage to my “keeping it local”.
I remember learning that the chef and his partner had named the restaurant after one of their Grandads (can’t remember whose exactly), which is so heartwarming and lovely. It’s also even more amazing that they now have a son, whose photo hangs on the wall, showing how much family really means to this place. The whole place just feels very personal. There are many portraits of what seems to be, their nearest and dearest hanging on the walls. The interior overall has a rustic feel to it. They have exposed brick walls as well as hardy wooden floorboards. The tables and chairs are also wooden, with a simplicity to them. But it all works together, the overall simple theme works really well because the menu sure makes up in whatever character the decor is missing. Which, to be honest, isn’t a lot. It’s a really quirky & cool bistro.
Chef Scott Keenan who is the chef & owner, was trained in Paris, as well as working in some great Scottish kitchens. You definitely sense the Parisian training with the techniques and gorgeous presentation of the food. That’s one of the things that’s great about here, they still manage to make really slightly boring traditional dishes, different and more special! What’s also great is, Papamacs uses and sources local produce. I love knowing that the food I am eating, is from where I live. I love the idea of helping other businesses, just by going to that place. It’s almost as if everyone is giving back and sharing. As well as preparing and cooking all the meals, the desserts and cakes are also made in their kitchen.
They also have their specialised & themed menus. Obviously, with the month of love fast approaching, they have their valentines menu. As well as their most recent, Annual Burns Night Special which of course, has that fine dining feel to it! And on every last Thursday of the month, they have a steak night. So whether you just want to go for a catch up with a great friend or that special someone, it would be perfect for both. They also have their Sunday market meal, which to keep fun and interesting they change every week! Chris & I also keep trying to remember to do this, as well as try ALL their other menus and sample something from their all day/brunch selection… Although, from their Instagram, I really do feel we are missing out on those Sunday market menus!
I have been able to witness it grow over the years, which is amazing because its turned into a brilliant place! It always had that extra something anyway, so to see it grow even more is fantastic. I feel so lucky to have it only down the road. So if you happen to be in the area, or you are even sick of the hustle & bustle of the city. I would get yourselves down soon, if I can’t tempt you then follow their Instagram, you will not be disappointed!
Papamacs Gourmet Kitchen