STRINGER: “So where is it we’re eating tonight?”
STRINGER: “You mean… the vodka place?”
Well, yes. And… no.
Located a stone’s throw from Glasgow Central station in the refurbished building that once housed The Tunnel nightclub, Revolution Mitchell Street is your old student haunt writ large and in technicolour. A launch party late last month set social media buzzing with its Pornstar Martini fountain, live entertainment and bathtub-shaped ball pit – but during daylight hours, the big, old building with its huge windows and cosy fireplace is well situated for a bite to eat too.
Our clubbing days mostly behind us, but with one of us at least still partial to a flavoured vodka shot or two, Stringer and I dropped in to try Revolution’s new food menu – washed down with a couple of their famous cocktails.
It will come as no surprise to you, I’m sure, that the food menu at Rev is heavily geared towards sharing: there’s a wide selection of bar snacks, small plates and sharing platters alongside a decent burger menu, sandwiches and heartier main dishes.
After a long day at work (and this was Storm Ali day too), we were both in the mood for comfort food: Stringer went for The Big Rib (Rev’s take on pork belly rib, which they’re so proud of they’ve given it its own hashtag) while I plumped for the Glazed Half Roast Chicken, slathered in Sriracha sauce.
With menu blurb referring to “the biggest pork belly rib you’ve ever seen” and describing it as one of Rev’s most Instagrammable dishes, The Big Rib had high standards to live up to – which is not to say it was a disappointment! It was a hearty, tasty feast, served with skin-on fries and beer-battered onion rings I was able to help myself to (Stringer not being a fan), as well as their excellent proprietary Rib Tickler BBQ sauce.
I was similarly pleased with my chicken, although with my feelings towards sauce being what they are I’d probably ask for it to be served on the side next time (it was delicious, I just like to be in control of these things!). The portion was great value for under a tenner, and while it’s undoubtedly pub grub-level scran, it’s good quality pub grub with an innovative twist. And that, plus the excellent service we received, is really what you’re looking for from somewhere like Revolution.
Because, let’s be honest: what you’re here for are the cocktails. Creative uses of popping candy, those ice-cold flavour shots you remember from your student days and a concoction called the “Cereal Thriller” which involves Jack Daniel’s and Coco Pops and made me regret not asking Natalie along. I tried the Stud Puffin (Reyka vodka and a Strawberry Delight Revolution flavour shot with lemon, passion fruit and pineapple juices and lemonade, served in a cute custom bottle) and the frozen Cherry Woo Woo (one of their bestsellers: Very Cherry and Peachy Cheeks Revolution flavour shots, strawberry purée, lime, cranberry juice and Rainbow Drops). Full marks to both for presentation, none for how I felt the next day because I stupidly stayed up watching Bodyguard without drinking water.
While Rev has some tasty non-alcoholic options too, you might struggle to spot them at first as they’re dotted about the menu amongst the similar alcoholic options rather than segregated to their own special section of the menu. Stringer’s Virgin Colada (cranberry juice, coconut, strawberry purée and pineapple) and Smooth Talker (orange and pineapple juice, sweet almond syrup, lemon and cherry) were made and presented with as much loving care as their alcoholic counterparts, and made excellent alternatives to the usual Cokes.
Not that we were going to leave without trying the desserts, either: a deconstructed Bombshell Brownie for her, and a gooey Cookie Dough S’more for him. Arriving with a blazing sparkler sticking out the top, the Bombshell Brownie certainly looked every inch its name – and although the brownie element was drier than I would have liked, there was plenty of ice cream, honeycomb, popping candy and salted caramel sauce to keep me entertained (and I was struggling to finish it anyway after my filling main!).
The Cookie Dough S’more, on the other hand, was so good I think the bottom of the plate got scraped: half-baked chocolate chip cookie dough with toasted mini marshmallows, Nutella, that same salted caramel chocolate sauce and a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. When we go back (and we will: the prospect of a Revolution boozy afternoon tea has me salivating) that’ll be next on the list.
We were treated to a meal and drinks for two for review purposes, but all views are my own and unbiased.