Family Lunch at Vapiano
I was fortunate enough to attend the opening party for the Glasgow branch of Vapiano a few months ago. A few friends and I had a fun evening full of prosecco, pizza and dancing to celebrate. That evening we noticed the attention to detail that make this highly family friendly – from the spacious lift to the babies high chairs tailored to fit with their tall tables – and I was keen to return with the family to see if it was as it appeared. The lovely Megan from Stripe Communications got in touch to invite me back and I jumped at the chance to take my eldest son and partner along to sample their menu.
We kickstarted our meal with a delicious antipasto and a round of drinks. Softies for my boys but I opted to brighten up a dreary Glasgow day with a sunny Aperol Spritz. The sharing platter was a generous portion, more than enough for the three of us to enjoy without fighting over. Chock full of cured Italian meats, fresh ciabatta, Buffalo mozzarella and Bruschetta it is ideal as a starter or some pre drinks nibbles.
For those who haven’t eaten at Vapiano before it is an open kitchen set up where you approach a station to order. All the food is cooked fresh to order in front of your eyes. You can choose the pasta type that you would prefer as well as adding any delicious extras you may fancy to your dish. Due to the numerous menu options and egg free pasta, there is plenty for vegetarians and vegans too.
I enjoyed a bowl of Cognac Pasta, a tomato based dish with fresh chicken, peas, spring onions, cream and of course a hearty dash of Cognac. Again the portion size on this dish was more than ample and generous on the sauce/toppings rather than just a load of pasta. Colin opted for the Chicken Caesar Salad which had plenty of chicken, Grana Padano P.O.D and delicious, salty Caesar dressing. I think the salads would be particularly lovely on the two days of summer Scotland enjoys.
Of course we were keen to see how Vapiano shaped up as a family restaurant and Ruairidh was a keen tester. They have plenty of options on their kids menu, such as the Salame Pizza that he opted for. This came out in a fun fish shape guaranteed to entice any reluctant little eaters. Their kids pasta also comes in cute little aeroplane shapes.
The restaurant itself is light, bright and welcoming. There is plenty of space to manoeuvre a buggy around and lots of high chairs for smaller kids. The staff were dead helpful too, giving advice on the best pasta to match my chosen sauce and chatting away to us all. Vapiano thank you for having us, we will absolutely be back!