You can always tell someone from Falkirk’s age by what they call Storm nightclub.
If they call it by its current moniker, they are a young pup; people in their 30s refer to it as The Maniqui; and for those slightly longer in the tooth, it’s Oil CanHarry’s .
If you still call it Doak’s, then you are definitely too old to pass through the doors again.
Scarlett’s Cafe in Union Road has also had numerous name changes over the years, and in fact I only reviewed it as Harley’s last year.
Now owned by Jo Stewart the eatery is a traditional Scottish cafe serving cooked rolls, breakfasts and meals and they have kept the previous owner’s vegetarian values and have lots of non-meat dishes.
I visited with a friend and my son last Friday and the cafe was bustling from the moment we arrived.
The menu is extensive, and covers lighter options like sandwiches and salads as well as fuller meals including burgers, quesadillas and nachos.
There are the usual suspects on the kids menu, which kept Harrison happy – seeing as chicken nuggets are his all-time favourite.
Jacqui had a chicken fajita quesadillia and I went for the veggie burger.
All were massive portions, and cooked fresh to order. Because of the emphasis on fresh, the food takes slightly longer than your standard cafe. Coupled with the tiny kitchen and busy dining room, it meant we waited a bit for our food – but it was well worth the wait.
As well as huge portions, the food was very fresh and well presented.
The quesadilla had fresh, crunchy veg with plenty of seasoned chicken and cheese. The dish was far too big forJacqui’s appetite and over half was left.
The veggie burger was also a winner, served with a salsa and cheese and a mountain of fries and salad. Again, it’s clear the emphasis was on fresh, with even the salads made up for each order.
Owner Jo has lived all over the world and this is reflected in the menu which includes South American dishes, nasi goreng from Malyasia and traditional Scottish fayre.
Jo explained: “I was born in Malaysia and I’ve lived in Spain, Singapore and Germany.
“I picked up influences from all over and brought them to Scarlett’s.
“So the menu is eclectic, but so is my cooking background.”
The restaurant has only been open for three months and already it has a loyal following of locals, workers from near by businesses and people travelling from further afield to enjoy the large range of gluten-free dishes.
If you want fast food, look elsewhere, but for homecooked style fare, Scarlett’s Cafe is ideal.
They also offer home delivery at the weekend – perfect for those days you had one too many shandies at Storm the night before and leaving the house just seems like too much hassle.