One Seven Ate, Shawlands

24 Jun

I chose my days off well this week. Monday was cloudy but warm, while yesterday was just lovely. It was so lovely, in fact, that my sister and I, and her tiny baby, decided to explore another eating establishment n Shawlands. The one we chose was One Seven Ate. We’ve been working our way through a number of them but I probably wouldn’t have tried this one if it wasn’t for the sign that appeared in the window saying it had been awarded the title “Best Diner on the South Side”. So we decided to give it a go. It’s a tiny place, easy to miss, just opposite Shawlands Post Office. There was a two person table outside, just the one, so we plonked ourselves there and started reading the specials board. We had hardly been there a minute when the waitress appeared, offering us drinks and admiring the baby. Throughout the visit the service was extremely attentive, and very flexible. In fact, the waitress even walked the baby up and down the street in the pram when she wouldn’t settle. (Seriously!)

So what about the food? Well we didn’t feel like trying the heavier main meals so I just had a toastie while my sister had one of the specials, home made chilli on a baked potato. We were offered the choice of a side salad, and of three dressings (out of a bottle). The salad was very impressive for an optional extra, although rather weirdly it contained a lot of sweetcorn. The toastie (with my own choice of ingredients) was lovely, and so was the (home made?) coleslaw. My sister’s tap water came with a slice of lemon – always a classy touch.

The only thing I would criticise, really, was the price scheme. It seemed that just about everything was £4.99, which meant that baked potatoes and fajitas seemed a bit overpriced, while proper meals like macaroni cheese or fish and chips came in very cheap. Drinks were also priced a bit confusingly. All coffees cost the same – just over £2 – from an espresso to a mocha, while ice cream and fruit was less than that. A bit odd, but still basically affordable. The coffee, by the way, was rather bitter in an eastern sort of way (think Turkish coffee) which suited me but wouldn’t suit everyone.

All in all, a friendly, good quality local diner, and I would go there again.

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