In a change of direction from our exclusive review of Glasgow’s newest and most exciting eatery, Tim Hortons, last weekend Lunch Club paid a visit to the beloved family run Glasgow institution that is Coia’s Café.
Coia’s has a surprisingly extensive menu that goes far beyond the run of the mill Italian restaurant staples. There’s the wide range of pastas and pizzas that you would expect, as well as steak, mixed grill, burgers (special mention has to be given to the Italian Burger which comes topped with mozzarella cheese and rich tomato Napoli sauce), fish and chips, chicken classics such as chicken Milanese and a wide range of fresh fish and seafood dishes.
They also serve traditional Scottish dishes such as homemade steak pie and mince ‘n’ tatties.
Monday to Friday between 12pm – 5pm there’s a set menu offering 2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £14.95.
If you don’t feel like sitting in, there’s a take away and delicatessen attached to the restaurant where you can buy ice cream, sandwiches, soups and rolls.
We went for eggs benedict and the full Scottish breakfast.
The breakfast comes with sausage, egg, bacon, black pudding, fried bread, potato scone, beans, tomatoes, toast and includes tea or coffee. This is a tasty, hearty breakfast without being too heavy and greasy.
The eggs benedict was excellent. It comes as two muffins topped with bacon and a perfectly poached egg, covered in a Béarnaise sauce. It was absolutely delicious and is highly recommended.
Thankfully, Coia’s isn’t one of those places that only serves breakfast to those who can make it along at some ungodly hour of the morning. Coia’s offers breakfast everyday until 3pm, although there is a £1 supplement on all breakfast dishes ordered after 12pm.
The breakfast were so filling that we were unable to try the impressive looking ice cream sundaes we saw being delivered to a table nearby.
Service was friendly, attentive and can’t be faulted. Although the café was very busy, our food arrived pretty quickly.
Lunch Club Verdict
Coia’s has an old fashioned charm about it. In fact, my friend commented, ‘This is everything Frankie and Bennie’s wishes it was, but isn’t.’
And it’s true, aside from the great food, friendly service and affordable prices, Coia’s has a buzz and soul that’s pretty special.
Coia’s is located on Duke Street in the East End and less than a five minute walk from either Duke Street or Bellgrove Train Station so it’s very easy to get to. It’s not uncommon to see a queue stretching out of the door, so we would advise calling ahead to book a table.
We can’t recommend Coia’s highly enough.