In order to combat those pesky January Blues, I have a habit of filling my month with lots of post-Christmas catch ups and cake dates. The Glasgow food scene means I always have a list the length of my arm of places I want to visit, and Singl-end had been on that list for a long time. When Lis suggested a visit last weekend I jumped at the chance to see just what all the fuss was about and catch up over some of their delicious baked goods.
A quick hop from Sauchiehall Street, and a couple of seconds from the Art School, Singl-end is hidden away on the end of Renfrew Street that I don't usually visit. Apparently, it used to be an Italian restaurant, which I hadn't been aware of previously, but it re-opened in 2015 as a cosy bakehouse cafe with oodles of charm and most importantly lots of cakes. The large basement space is still super bright despite being below street level (even on a grey Glasgow day) and had the perfect welcoming vibe that makes you want to spend your entire Sunday putting the world to rights over a slice of their cake. When we arrived mid-afternoon last Sunday the place was pretty full, with baby showers, brunchers and even some beautiful pups to pet. It was a real mix of families and friends, young and old, which really wasn't surprising as Singl-end has something for everyone.
The menu boasts an impressive selection of options, with a brilliant level of flexibility for any dietary requirements be that vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free. Be it breakfast, bakes or brunch, you're sure to find something that tickles your tastebuds. On this occasion, I was lured in by the special open steak sandwich with caramelised onions and goats cheese (aka two of my favourite things) on the Altamura bread which was an excellent choice. The meat was flavourful and tender, which when topped by the mouthwatering onions and creamy cheese really hit the spot. Lis also opted for an open sandwich, choosing the home-baked ham, cheddar cheese and tomato, again on the Altamura bread.
Alongside the food, Singl-end also offers a range of hot and cold drinks of both the soft and alcoholic variety. Had I not been driving I definitely would have been joining Lis in ordering a rum mocha, but instead, I decided to go for a simple fruit juice. They also had three fantastic sounding smoothies, and if I'd not been trying to save some space for sweet treats I absolutely would have ordered a "Cure Yer Heid", which is packed with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, ginger and orange juice.
I absolutely devoured my sandwich, quite possibly in record time, and as satisfying as it was I knew I wasn't finished yet. Upon entering Singl-end, you're greeted by a table with towering stacks of cakes, and I was not leaving without trying one. The triple chocolate bundt cake and pistachio & cherry brownies both caught my attention, but as soon as I spotted the salted caramel brownies my decision was made. Brownies are possibly one of my favourite bakes, and I've made my own salted caramel brownies before, but these were just as good if not better. Soft, chewy and a little bit more-ish. I struggled to finish mine because my eyes were bigger than my belly as per usual, but I would definitely order it again! Other delights included Lis' choice of pear and ginger slice topped with brown butter icing and cinder toffee, peanut butter & jelly pinwheel cookies and homemade empire biscuits. I could quite happily eat my way around the whole table!
Not only was the food fantastic, the staff were attentive and obviously passionate about what they do. They knew exactly what to recommend and were more than happy to make any alterations to items on the menu to suit tastes and requirements. Now that I've experienced it for myself I can wholly understand the hype surrounding Singl-end and can see it becoming a regular weekend haunt. Who can resist the lure of a whole table full of cakes, though?!