Glasgow has seriously been upping it’s brunch game of late, and Pot Luck definitely has a huge part to play. Located on Nithsdale Road in Govanhill, this tiny cafe has become a serious foodie hot spot over the past year, so I headed there for breakfast last weekend to find out why, and I was not disappointed…
We arrived at the cafe, whose bright yellow exterior makes it instantly recognisable, around 10.45am, expecting to wait a fair while for a table, as the small space only seats around 14 people. It seemed, however, that luck was on our side, as we nabbed the only open table just before an onslaught of hungry Glaswegians arrived.
The decor in the cafe is simple and homey, with beautiful woven lamp shades and wood furnishings. It was quite cosy at our table, but it wasn’t a problem as it was so damn cold outside, and the people on either side of us were friendly and accommodating. The staff too, despite clearly being busy, were chatty and attentive, and quickly brought us menus and took a drinks order.
Having stalked Pot Luck on Instagram for I don’t even know how long, I already knew I was having hot cakes. I’m pretty sure any food lover living in Glasgow has seen these hot cakes as critics, bloggers and more have been plastering photos of them all over the internet. Safe to say I was pretty excited to join their ranks!
There are three different options for the hot cakes: lemon, plum or banana. I opted for the plum, which featured poached plums, orange blossom honey, pistachios, almond kulfi and pashmak, an Iranian candy floss. It was a little bit of a wait for our food, but not so much we grew impatient and it always felt like a very relaxed atmosphere. When they did arrive, I think we were all in awe and couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
The plate was pretty as a picture, with two thick, fluffy hot cakes topped with bundles of pashmak and surrounded by poached plums and pistachios. The hot cakes were so fluffy on the inside and perfectly absorbed the honey drizzled on it, and the poached plums were beautifully soft and sweet. The whole plate tasted Christmassy, as the plums had obviously been poached in warming spices like cinnamon and cloves, and the almond kulfi gave that nutty, amaretto flavour. It basically tasted like winter on a plate, and on a freezing cold Sunday morning, it was the breakfast dreams are made of.
If you’re not a fan of sweet breakfasts, there are plenty of savoury options on the menu. My eyes were definitely distracted temporarily from the hot cakes by the Chilli Pork with cheddar jalapeno hash browns. I guess that just gives me an excuse to go back?!
My bill barely came to just over a tenner, so not only was it a delicious meal with relaxed, friendly service, it was also great value for money. I will without a doubt be back, and because one is not enough, here are some more pictures of those damn fine hot cakes…