Selfmade, Glasgow, assessment – how good are the insta-worthy sandwiches?

Regardless of being off the air for nearly 20 years, Pals stays a basic, widespread TV present with most of the character’s memorable traces nonetheless getting used. From Joey’s ‘the way you doin’ to Chandler’s intonation – ‘might you BE extra…?’

Whereas Ross could also be recognized for his insistence that he and Rachel have been on a break, one in every of his traces that sticks in my head is ‘MY SANDWICH’ in reference to when somebody at work eats his lunch.

Whereas I really like a great sandwich (one of the best are certainly leftover turkey sandwiches made on Christmas day evening, often by my Dad, with a great deal of mayo, cranberry sauce and on toastie white bread), I doubt I’d centre a midlife disaster round one, as Ross did. However then possibly I’ve not tried the proper sandwich.

It was with this in thoughts that I visited Selfmade, a restaurant that opened on Dowanhill Avenue, simply off Dumbarton Highway, in Glasgow’s west finish final November.

Talking concerning the launch final 12 months, proprietor Caitlin Hutton defined that the transfer took place after the recognition of her pre-Covid pop up on the Brunch Membership, which then led to cook dinner at house meal kits throughout lockdown.

These started with a cook dinner at house Sunday roast and developed as lockdown progressed into date evening bins and different choices.

Caitlin mentioned that it was at all times the plan to have her personal restaurant, and located the best area on Dowanhill Avenue, which she received the keys for in August 2021. Since then the cafe has gained a cult following, with the spectacular trying sandwiches promoting out rapidly, often on weekends. 


We popped down one snowy afternoon in December, for a pre-Christmas deal with.

On the menu there’s eight sandwiches and a day by day particular, which presently was a festive one with turkey, stuffing, cranberry and sauce – which made my efforts look poor compared.

I made a decision to go for a Pals-esque ‘the one with the pear’, which had mozzarella, rooster, pear, parma ham and a scorching honey drizzle (£9) whereas my boyfriend selected the buffalo frickle (£9), which included shredded lettuce, lime mayo, buffalo dipped rooster, fried dill pickles, crimson onion and American cheese.

Because it was a cold day, I warmed up whereas ready on our order with a not-too-sweet scorching chocolate (£3.20) however there’s additionally a great vary of espresso and Tea Pigs tea

The very first thing to notice are the sandwiches are like doorstops, and never for people who aren’t that hungry, or slicing down on carbs (or on a primary date – these are going to make a large number).

Each sandwiches in our order have been full of filling, mine with layers of crisp rooster, ham, cheese and little shiny dollops of balsamic roast pear.

There was a great ratio of rooster, cheese and ham, though the pear (and its subsequent sweetness) was a bit misplaced and the balsamic addition to the pear wasn’t apparent. I additionally couldn’t actually discover or style the recent honey glaze, however the ham and rooster have been effectively cooked and who doesn’t love an oozy cheese on a comforting sandwich?

Over the desk, the buffalo frickle sandwich was taking place a storm. The buffalo sauce had a great kick to it however was balanced in opposition to the sharpness of the lime mayo.

The pickles supplied crunch and chew due to their saltiness however weren’t clearly fried. The rooster was moist with a crisp coating.

The combination of fried rooster, lettuce and sauce had a slight nod to a well-known rooster sandwich, however a a lot classier model. That is consolation (or hangover) meals at its finest and I’d say this one was a spotlight.

Veggies want to fret as there are meat-free choices out there on this dog-friendly institution.

Earlier than we fell right into a carb coma, we shared a salted caramel brownie, which was squidgy and fudgy with oozing items of salted caramel. An indulgence with a deep, sturdy sweetness, the salt from the salted caramel reduce by means of it to forestall it from turning into too sickly candy. 

Within the morning at Selfmade, there’s basic pastries however if you would like extra of a selection of baked items to go along with your espresso or tea, Large Bear Bakery is a couple of doorways up and has a mouthwatering choice of freshly baked desserts and candy treats. And if you would like a drink, Sparkle Horse, a pub that has stood the check of time, is correct throughout the street.

It’s good to see a brand new addition to this finish of Patrick, and though I’ve not but discovered my life affirming sandwich, I feel it might give Ross Gellar one thing to shout about.

 11-13 Dowanhill St, Partick, Glasgow G11 5QS

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