Six by Nico is set in the trendy area of Finneston in Glasgow and has a concept that I have never come across before. Every six weeks a new theme is devised to create a new 6 course tasting menu. In the past, themes have included ‘childhood favourites’, ‘chippie’ and ‘picnic’. The theme on my visit was ‘Route 66′ where the menu included culinary influences from Chicago, the Great Plains, American Diners, Texas, New Mexico & California. I immediately felt relaxed in this small, quirky restaurant and I always love an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs in action.
The first course was titled ‘Chicago’. Unfortunately my crisp tart was overly crisp and on the verge of being burnt compared to my fellow diners’ fluffy golden pastry. The tart was topped with trapanese pesto, goats cheese and olive tapenade. The combination of toppings made this slightly too salty but as it was just a bite size course it did not put us off and we were just hoping for a better second course.
‘Great Plains’ was to follow and it was certainly a highlight of the meal. Creamy buffalo Mozzarella in a crisp sweet tomato essence drizzled with basil oil. It was a very clean dish that left you wanting more.
Another outstanding dish was to follow, ‘American Diner’. Succulent Aryshire Pork Belly which sat upon a chickpea pancake. Crisp pieces of apple cut through the sticky sweet maple syrup to balance the dish perfectly.
Next we were off to ‘Texas’ with 24-hour slow cooked Barbecue Brisket which melted in the mouth. The sweetcorn salsa and puree that accompanied the meat gave the dish texture and colour but for me the chilli bon bons were the star of this plate.
Our last main course ‘New Mexico’ was a fish dish. Crispy skinned Sea Bream sitting on top of Taco shells. Below, was a smooth creamy guacamole and, for contrast, a chunky guacamole. The pickled chilli could have had more heat and the dish could have had a extra squeeze of lime to give it more sharpness but overall a very enjoyable dish.
Finally it was California. A sharp, thin crust pastry, lemon Tart that was full of tang served with Orange Espuma and a red wine sorbet. The lightness of the Espuma and the full bodied flavour of the sorbet complemented the tart perfectly.
Six by Nico certainly has a unique concept that makes you want to go back time and time again. The food is modern and slightly experimental. The service was friendly, attentive but not overpowering and the dining area was relaxed and casual. At such great value Six by Nico is definitely not to be missed.
- Atmosphere - 8.5/108.5/10
- Food - 8/108/10
- Service - 8/108/10
- Value for money - 9.5/109.5/10