It is an all too readily accepted myth that Scottish food is deep fried and stodgy. A glance at some of the biggest names in world cuisine finds several Scots present: Gordon Ramsey, Tom Kitchen, Andrew Fairlie and Alan Murchison. Indeed, Scotland has some of the best produce in the world from fresh salmon, vension to Aberdeen Angus beef.
As Scotland’s largest city Glasgow is a brilliant place to dine out. The city is blessed with fantastic curry houses, spicy Thai restaurants, French, Italian, Chinese and so much more. The city’s culinary reputation has benefited from an influx of Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, African and European cooks and chefs who have made the city their own.
Although Glasgow currently does not have any Michelin Starred restaurants this does not diminish the wealth and high quality of dining experiences available in the city.
Here are a small selection of places to eat in Glasgow:
Brain Maule at Chardon D’Or on West Regent Street in the city centre offers French fine dining at its best. Brian Maule, is an Ayrshire native who learned his trade in France and spent several years working with the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche in London. The food is exquisite and diners can opt for a private dining room and there is also a champagne bar too. http://www.brianmaule.com/
The City Merchant is a Glasgow tradition having been opened in 1988 by the Matteo family. Famed for it’s fish and seafood the restaurant can also make claims of greatness for its steaks. Found in the trendy Merchant City are of Glasgow diners can take advantage of lunch and pre-theatre menus too. http://www.citymerchant.co.uk/index.html
For fans of Indian cuisine any trip to the city should involve Mother India’s Cafe on Argyle Street. With a tapas style menu and a very casual approach to dining the Cafe has won many fans over the years. Visitors should note that you cannot book a table but the food is well worth any wait. The restaurant looks out onto the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
The Ubiquitous Chip in the heart of Glasgow’s west end has been trading since 1971 and has championed Scottish cuisine ever since. With seasonal menus and many industry awards the ‘Chip’ is second to none. With the courtyard dining room, bar and brasserie options there is something for everyone. The Courtyard is a unique dining space and needs to be experienced to be believed.
The Dragon-i on Hope Street is arguably Glasgow’s best Chinese/ Malaysian restaurant. This is no mean feat given the local competition. Dragon-i prides itself on its service and the quality of its Asian fusion menu. It marries brilliant cuisine, contemporary surroundings and value for money perfectly.
This is a minuscule selection of what Glasgow has to offer and has excluded legendary eateries like Rogano, Gamba and Hotel Du Vin among others. Indeed, the Finnieston area of the city has seen a sudden rise in quality restaurants and gastropubs like Fanny Trollope’s, the Kelvingrove Cafe and Crabshakk.
With this wealth of gastronomic delights at my fingertips it is with a degree of shame that I must admit to sampling that most unhealthy of Scottish delicacies recently. Yes, dear reader I have eaten a deep fried Mars bar and I liked it. After years of resisting, i succumbed to temptation in Allan’s of Paisley. I would heartily recommend this sticky pudding but my heart won’t be thanking me if I indulge too often.
Please let us know your recommendations for dining out in this great city. Help us to broaden our culinary horizons.