Comforting ‘hgliday’ food and no hype

HOLIDAY STYLE FOOD BRUTTI MA BUONI Brunswick Hotel, 106 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, 0141 552 0001

I didn't think it possible to invent a new tag for cuisine but perhaps the brains behind Brutti Ma Buoni. the new cafe/bar coming to the fashionable Brunswick Hotel in Glasgow's Merchant City. have done so.

'Holiday style food.‘ says Brunswick partner Stephen Flannery. Holiday style food? 'Fresh, comforting, healthy and [sometimes] not healthy.‘ Flannery explains. That means chicken noodle soup with mint. hearty ‘Brutti Bread' (pizza-style flat bread with various toppings from tomatoes and cheese to barlotti beans). a corned beef and organic beetroot sandwich or pollo picante spicy deep-fried chicken. Prices vary from $22.50 to £8.

Flannery says he's 'tired of the hype' that often surrounds eating out these days: ‘So many places have gone so big.‘

Brutti Ma Buoni (which means ugly but good) favours the small-is-beautiful approach. with an emphasis on socialising and the introduction of perhaps a bit of cheek. The completely renovated space. designed in-house with some nice touches such as wedge tiles by Dene Happell and a bar topped with rich lmbuia timber. features an open kitchen with chef Joanne Munro in charge.

In addition to the concise menu with Brutti‘s typical fare. daily specials are planned. They‘ll come from whatever is best in the local markets. using fresh produce and trying to avoid factory-farmed goods as much as possible. There may even be one-offs on the specials board. ‘Some dishes might never be on again,‘ Munro says.

Ultimately, the holiday style of Brutti Ma Buoni may be more evocative of the experience than anything else. While the name is Italian. the fare is not. But service is intended to be natural and personable. putting punters at ease and perhaps maybe even make them feel as if they're on a foreign travelling (rather than lunch) break. (Barry Shelby)

I Food is served from noon until 8pm, while the bar is open until midnight.

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