WHERE TO EAT
Ruthlessly inventive, always great value and just grin-inducingly fun. That’s the Glasgow recipe when it comes to dining out. The fastest-growing city in Scotland for new restaurant openings, the city’s continuing love affair with culinary mash-ups (we’re talking fusion, not potato, here) results in restaurants not afraid to mix it up. So expect curried haggis, Hebridean scallops with Creole spices, or venison meatballs with chorizo and patatas bravas. Get the idea? They’re thinking local, but tasting global.
Six by Nico
The people behind the game-changing 111 by Nico’s have only gone and done it again. Six by Nico is the perfect neighbourhood bistro, in the heart of the city. A new ‘concept’ every six weeks keeps things fresh, but the overriding flavour is of a venue having fun, and mixing it up. So expect new Scottish cooking that blends global tastes with local produce. A great night out is guaranteed.
1132 Argyle Street
Glasgow’s newest music and arts venue has an ace up its sleeve. It’s dog friendly! Inside this intimate renovated chapel, the atmosphere is never less than soul-stirring. Go for food at the Winged Ox Bar and Kitchen, catch a show in the music venue (music, comedy or performance) and you’ll be converted.
17 Bain Street (Next door to Barrowlands) G40 2JZ
The Big Feed
The street food fad isn’t going anywhere fast. Well, it is going indoors (hey, this is Glasgow. Shelter’s good). The Big Feed Feed is Scotland’s biggest indoor, fully licensed street food market. And it’s fantastic. Globe-trotting flavours, live music, craft ales. What’s – really – not to like? Lots of live events too: keep your eyes on this place
249 Govan Road
The newest street-food kid on the block, the social has re-animated the West End with a new permanent space for the city’s most inventive pop-up food people. Eat here and you’re treated to a showcase of 11 of the best Weegie street food heros, served with local beers, and divine cocktails. Finnieston suddenly looks like a very tasty proposition.
95-107 Haugh Rd
Seriously great pizzas – charred and bubbly crusts, served Napoletana-style are the star attraction at this industrially-styled venue in the city centre (and now in the West End too). It’s a busy place, with sharing tables, but service is swift and friendly. With Moretti on tap, and fabulous desserts, that’s all of life’s essentials (or at least lunch’s) sorted.
94 Miller Street/Great Western Road
Vegan? Fed up of stuffed peppers? Mono’s fab – try their Seitan burger (a meaty protein extracted from wheat), or their crispy smoked tofu and you’ll agree.
12 Kings Court
This industrious little spot ensures no sea bass dies in vain. Stunningly fresh and simply served – Scottish seafood doesn’t get better than this.
1125 Argyle Street
This AA Restaurant of the Year is a real Glaswegian gem. Fresh and local is the order of the day. West-coast razor clams, Orkney Mutton and foraged Scottish mushrooms.
1155 Argyle Street
Menus meander from near – Perthshire pigeon, Inverurie lamb, to far – Lapsang souchong Gressingham duck breast, with an eye-popping selection of specialty ales and single malts to match.
28 Gibson Street
Within this Grade A listed ex-banking hall, wondrous plates of Isle of Mull seared scallops, tuna tartare and decadent chateaubriand, look never less than stunning. Great Champagne bar too.
158 Ingram St
Contemporary Scottish cooking of the highest order at two sister venues. Kelvingrove’s a touch edgier, Jordanhill a wee bit more traditional. But there’s nothing to separate them when it comes to the smart brasserie fare.
36 Kelvingrove St, 1a Ashwood Gardens, Jordanhill
Consistently on-its-game, all-welcoming, unpretentious Glasgow stalwart, when a heartily filled pie, a stupidly large haddock’n’chips or a well-poured pint of 80 shilling is required.
11 Ruthven Ln
Guys Restaurant and Bar
The obvious love poured into Guy Cowan’s relaxed and convivial restaurant is evident everywhere. Try the grass-fed Scottish raised beef, it’s sensational.
51 Cochrane St
Hanoi Bicycle Shop
The spirit – and flavors – of Vietnam in the heart of the West End? It’s a tall order, but this dazzlingly good canteen-style restaurant easily gets away with it.
8 Ruthven Lane
The Left Bank
This easy-going little corner bar/bistro hits the spot any time of day. Some swear by its breakfasts, some hole up here for long, leisurely evenings. For us? It’s brilliant for brunches and lunches.
33-35 Gibson Street
Pop up Power
In Glasgow, the pop-up and the street-food has been hungrily, nay deliciously, adopted by the city’s next-gen food champions. Try Authentic Curry House, at The Annexed in Patrick, for a four-course vegetarian meal. Or try the Texan-style slow-smoked brisket at Smoak (15 Waterloo Street).
When the need for an authentic pau haji strikes (and when doesn’t it?) head to Babu Bombay Street Kitchen (186 West Regent Street), or for brilliant burgers, and ribs marinaded in Nutella (really) maybe Dennison Bar B Que is for you (585 Duke Street). The West Indian collective behind Fire in Babylon won the city’s first Street Food Awards – try their goat curry and you’ll see why (213 Hope Street).