The Tron in Glasgow is located in the Merchant City, in the old Tron Kirk establishing itself as a powerhouse of both new writing and dynamic productions of classic texts, making good use of the available Scottish talent. One of my favourite Scottish actors cut his teeth at the Tron – Alan Cummings.
It showcases contemporary theatre as well as an array of comedy and music from Scotland, the UK and abroad.
In amongst all this lies the Tron Bar and Kitchen. Its recently undergone a refurb including a menu overhaul, and me and TartanSpoonie, Carmin went along to sample the menu.
Chatting to the staff, the previous menu was filled with Burgers and more hearty main course dishes. They have made a conscience move to small plates which I think is a genius idea for a theatre, when you consider what the Tron is ideal for – theatre goers that maybe want to grab a quick bite but don’t want to fill up on something stodgy before the show, public that just want a spot of lunch or light dinner and want to just chill out, or meet up with a group of mates and have a few nibbles and drinks. You can get three small plates for £14 or a small plate and a side for £7.50. They cater for vegetarians and vegans, so fairly good all round.
The cafe area is very much in line with a cafe decor. It’s very functional and comfortable.
We tried six dishes in total, so three each, and that was more than ample. Portions sizes are generous.
1st dish – Highland Lamb Shank with parsnip purée, mint glazed peas and red wine jus.
This is one dish that has most definitely been given the low and slow treatment. The lamb was excellent – sweet spring lamb, well cooked and seasoned, tender and falling apart.
The parsnip puree was smooth and creamy and served with just cooked peas that popped in your mouth.
2nd dish – Slow braised beef shoulder & haggis Wellington with swede mash, seasonal greens, peppercorn sauce.
Another very hearty dish that would keep you warm and full during a theatre show.
The beef and haggis combo was lovely with the haggis bringing a little pepper heat to the table. Wrapped in flaky pastry, you seriously cannot go wrong with this dish.
3rd dish – Curried cauliflower cheese : grilled spiced cauliflower, Bombay potatoes, curried
Mornay sauce. (Vegetarian)
Not my favourite dish but still up there with a 7/10.
A great vegetarian dish with curried cauliflower. The cauliflower was just cooked, so not soggy and the bombay potatoes nice n spicy.
4th dish – Vegetarian haggis fritter with kale & potato stovies, spinach pesto. (Vegan)
We wanted to try a vegan dish, so this was the chosen one. Another cracker of a dish that you wouldn’t necessarily comment on it being a vegan dish.
The kale and potato stovies were very tasty and the spinach pesto added a nice touch that really made each mouthful stand to attention. The haggis fritter was well cooked, crunchy on the outside with that nice soft welcoming texture in the middle.
5th dish – Ayrshire chicken croquettes cock-a-leekie pearl barley risotto.
Without a doubt the star dish of the night. The star of the menu. These croquettes will make you want to dance and your taste buds will thank you for eating them.
The croquettes are shredded chicken, superbly seasoned and coated and fried. The outer shell is crunchy and inside soft and lovely. The chicken flavours of the croquettes are carried through into the pearl barley risotto. This is comfort food at its very best. My advise – order one bowl each or two if you are really hungry or have eaten this before!
5th dish – Piri Piri fries
Crispy, crunchy, spicy. Fries. Fantastic fries.
6th dish – Toffee apple with sea salt & thyme caramel parfait, pecan crumble & vanilla
I loved the Toffee Apple. It wasn’t a toffee apple as we know it with a hard shell you can crack but more an apple that had been cooked then dipped in sticky toffee. So yum!
Their sharing plates are genuinely delicious and along with their local gins and craft beers, its a super spot to meet, eat and drink pre or post theatre show.
Their menu and concept are new, with a focus on seasonal and local produce. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is on your table in record time.
They have an outdoor seating area which I am sure gets well used in the Summer, parking is on-street but being in the Merchant City they are close to the train station and bus routes. Perhaps a long way to go from Edinburgh for dinner, but certainly if you are in Glasgow and just was a little oasis from the city madness, this is the place to escape.
The Tron Bar and Kitchen, 64 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB
Tel : 0141 5528587 www.tronbarandkitchen.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Silver Spoon 8/10