IN THE short time that The Extra has run restaurant reviews, one name has come up again and again.
The B-listed building housing Battlefield Rest is as famous as the restaurant itself: a 1915 tram shelter rescued from demolition in the 90s and transformed into a restaurant where lip service from regulars serves as advertising.
A southside institution and landmark building are all well and good — but does the food live up to hype? In a word, yes.
To start, I opted for a generous meat antipasti with roast pepper, balsamic onions (sweet, and still crunchy — perhaps my favourite thing on the board) and bocconcini mozzarella, as well as a thick wedge of bread and a sticky balsamic drizzle
The expression kid in a candy shop comes to mind.
The other half went for bubbling pot salciccia: hot italian sausage in a fresh tomato stew, served with homemade focaccia (he’d have scoffed the entire loaf, had it been offered).
Accompanying this was schiacciata contadina: a crisp, flavoursome flatbread with caramelised onions, olives, chicken and parmesan. We didn’t exactly need more food — but I’m more than glad it was there.
The main courses lived up to an already high bar. My main, linguine with chorizo,king prawns and chilli, was brimming with plump shellfish and complemented by a spicy kick.
The OH’s calzone Battlefield — a 2012 PAPA award winner, no less — was an unexpected delight. Far removed from a folded takeaway pizza, this was an enormous pizza pasty, bursting with beef, pork, mushrooms, Stornoway black pudding and a rich, dark pepper sauce. It was, apparently, a struggle to finish it — so naturally I offered a hand.
We ended with rather unnecessary but all-too-tempting passionfruit cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding — both tasty.
So much food may make crossing road at speed afterwards tricky — Battlefield Rest is on its own little island — but it certainly won’t stop me from making a return visit.
55 Battlefield Road
Tel: 0141 636 6955