In my opinion there is no greater challenge to a restaurant than on a busy night when it is filled with dinner parties consisting of large numbers.
This was the case for La Rotunda last week as my mum, dad, brother, girlfriend and myself booked a table before going to see the incredibly funny Michael McIntyre.
With the eatery being located no further than a 60 second walk to the Hydro, La Rotunda was the perfect place for us to enjoy dinner before the show.
Pushing open the large doors and entering the perfectly round building we were greeted by a welcomed wave of warm air, winter is coming if not already here, and a warm welcome by the front of house staff.
Having booked in advance we were taken straight to our table up the back of the restaurant. The decor is simple and bright with pictures of Glasgow landmarks on the wall.
The inside of the building is very modern compared to the rustic look of the outer shell. The centrepiece of the floor is a spiralling staircase surrounded by a variety of bottles of wine, it is an Italian so there should be wine.
We were handed the set evening menu to look over which had six different starters and seven mains to choose from. I much prefer having slightly less choice, I hate these places that offer everything and their menu’s that have 16 pages, no wonder people never make up their mind quickly enough.
However, La Rotunda has a selection to please everyone, which is especially difficult in my family of fusspots where salads are unwanted and even butter on a bun is too much for my brother and his love of ‘plain-ness.’
For starter I had the home-made mozzarella sticks with spicy tomato dip and was presented with a healthy portion of four sticks packed with cheese and plenty of tangy dip. The rest of the table enjoyed the fresh tomato soup, the meatballs infused with garlic, thyme, lemon and Parmesan with garlic bread, and two portions of chicken liver pate. Everyone gave it the thumbs up, although that was obvious to see with six clean plates being taken away by our waitress.
The main courses offer something for everyone, from a vegetarian butternut squash risotto with toasted pine nuts, which my girlfriend ordered, to a chicken in spinach and white wine sauce which my dad enjoyed.
Me and my brother both ordered the lasagne, swapping the salad for chips, which was no problem to the staff.
After a very short wait our meals were placed in front of us and my eyes lit up at the size of the portions being dished out by the kitchen.
The lasagne was bursting with mince concealed under a layer of cheese topped with tomato, and the healthy, or unhealthy, helping of chips, made sure I had no chance of looking at the dessert menu.
Looking round the table my dad was first finished and declared the chicken was the correct choice. My mum was pleased with her roast pork in mushroom sauce and my girlfriend was stuffed full of healthy risotto.
Desserts include a trio of Italian classics, Tiramisu, Panna Cotta and Gelato, however we were far too stuffed and decided to stick with the excellent value option of two courses for £16.95.
For dinner and a show La Rotunda is certainly the best place to go and get great food and service for your money.