Scottish Restaurants in Glasgow
1. Cail Bruich British, Modern restaurant in Glasgow 725 Great Western Rd - G12
“Top-notch in every way, and a league apart from their competitors” is the general verdict on this West End venture from brothers Paul and Chris Charalambous (“a slightly more formal setting than you’d get in, say, trendy Finnieston”). “Flavours are bright and clear, in classical combinations showing off the largely Scottish produce, and the dishes as a whole all work extremely well”. It’s “not much to look at from the outside”, though, while the lighting inside is a bit dim “for the intricacy and delicacy of the plating, as well as for reading the menu!”
2. La Bonne Auberge French restaurant in Glasgow 161 West Nile St - G1
Part of the Holiday Inn, this long-established brasserie has origins dating back over 40 years and is quite well-known to locals as a city-centre standby. Limited feedback regarding its 1970s-style French bistro/brasserie staples (soupe à l’oignon, boeuf bourguignon, Pêche Melba) but it’s tipped before a show at one of the nearby theatres.
3. Ubiquitous Chip Scottish restaurant in Glasgow 12 Ashton Ln - G12
This “terrifically atmospheric” Glasgow institution in the West End is on top form: its “imaginatively presented” modern Scottish cuisine with “top-quality ingredients”; famous and “very interesting” wine list; malt selection “to die for”; and “knowledgeable staff” earning high ratings across the board. Named with irony by founder Ronnie Clydesdale in 1971, ‘the Chip’ is now run by his son Colin. Meals are served in the main restaurant or more casual upstairs brasserie. Tip tip: “there’s the option of eating upstairs with a more informal menu”.
4. Battlefield Rest Scottish restaurant in Glasgow 55 Battlefield Road - G42
Built in 1914 (and once described as Scotland’s most glamorous tram stop), Marco Giannasi’s quirky-looking Southside fixture was restored in 1994; and serves a large and affordable Italian menu, also incorporating pizza and pasta. Feedback is limited but very enthusiastic. Top Tip: good pre-theatre deals.
5. Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery Scottish restaurant in Glasgow 652 Argyle St - G3
Ryan James’s business-friendly, wood-panelled, traditional-looking operation (complete with booths) can prove “hard to find if you are not local (it’s in a quiet area off the M8 in the way to the SECC), but it’s worth it” for the Scots seafood, and its “regular use as a film location adds to its renown”.
8. Bo & Birdy Scottish restaurant in Glasgow Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, 11 Blythswood Square - G2
"From farm to fabulous" is the tagline of this new hotel brasserie, under the watchful eye of Gillian Matthews.
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