Glasgow Restaurants Guide – read the reviews, book tables

Glasgow is not short of gastronomic delights, from its famous curry-house scene to its fine dining establishments and exciting new street food specialists.

Here we present some of the best restaurants Scotland’s biggest city has to offer, as reviewed by The Scotsman’s Gaby Soutar, and Scotland on Sunday’s Richard Bath.


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Babu Bombay Street Kitchen


186 West Regent Street, Glasgow (0141-204 4042,

How much? Lunch for two, excluding drinks, £17.70

Gaby says: “The menu at this place – which is owned by Rachna Dheer and Gail Finlayson, who started out serving their grub at farmers’ markets (they still do that) – is rather bitty, with food lists pinned up all over the place. You imagine that, after the first visit, you get into the swing of things. Most of the people who arrived after us knew what they’d come for.” (read the full review)



The Townhouse, 
Nelson Mandela 
Place, Glasgow (0141-332 0041,

How much? Lunch for two, 
excluding drinks, £59.40

Gaby says: “The savoury options make it worth a visit, and the prices are decent, considering the blimp-sized portions. And you’ve got to see the inside of this building. If you’re a Russian oligarch, you might even want to move in.” (read the full review)

Hanoi Bike Shop


8 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow (0141-334 7165,

How much? Dinner for two, excluding drinks, £41

Gaby says: “Opened by the bods behind Stravaigin (recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand), and the Ubiquitous Chip, it’s in the former premises of what was once their branch of Stravaigin 2… This place, one of the handful of Vietnamese restaurants in Scotland, is rather marvellous. If you stumble upon it while looking for an actual bike shop, you’ll soon forget that you needed new spokey dokeys.” (read the full review)

La Bonne Auberge


161 West Nile Street, Glasgow (0141-352 8310,

How much? Lunch for two, excluding drinks, £39.90

Gaby says: “The food at this place is as decent as ever. There’s a sense of old-fashioned luxury to their dishes. However, I did mutter an involuntarily “ouch” when I saw the bill. I think £22.95 a head seemed a little excessive for what was a relatively informal brasserie lunch.” (read the full review)

La Famiglia


111 Cleveden Road, Kelvinside, Glasgow (0141-334 0111,

How much? Starters £5.95-£9.95; main courses £13.95-£18.95; puddings £4.25-£6.95 cheese £6.95

Richard says: “Tucked away in a suburban Kelvinside street amid neat rows of bungalows, but just five minutes from the attractions of Byres Road and the West End, this is a classic neighbourhood restaurant kept going by local patronage… This is no lazy pizza and pasta emporium – indeed, there are none of the former on either the lunch or dinner options, while the latter features only in passing – but there’s a sense of confidence that oozes from a menu that covers a surprisingly diverse range of culinary bases.” (read the full review)

La Vallée Blanche


360 Byres Road, Glasgow (0141-334 3333,

How much? Starters: £5.95-£8.95; Main courses: £12.50-£21.95; Puddings: £5.50-£6.50 Cheese £8.95

Richard says: “Sometimes you get a great feeling about a place as soon as you walk in the door, and that’s exactly what happened when we climbed a narrow set of stairs off Glasgow’s Byres Road and emerged into the sumptuous surroundings of La Vallée Blanche. Clothes do not always maketh the man, but few restaurant interiors in Scotland could be more welcoming and calming.” (read the full review)

Lychee Oriental


59 Mitchell Street, Glasgow (0141-248 2240,

How much? Dinner for two, excluding drinks, £55.30

Gaby says: “With around 40 main courses, we both felt as if we’d only scratched the surface of this place’s repertoire. However, what we did experience wasn’t nearly as weird, exotic and wonderful as its fruity namesake might suggest.” (read the full review)



142a St Vincent Street, Glasgow (0141-248 9771,

How much? Lunch for two, excluding drinks, £24.25

Gaby says: “This ‘fast casual’ style of eatery (a place that offers limited table service, but a better quality of food than your bog-standard fast food joint) operates on weekdays only. Its head chef is Alan Doig, formerly of Stravaigin, and they offer eco-friendly packaging by Vegware, utilise local suppliers, boast a seasonally changing menu and, when it comes to information, there’s stacks to digest.” (read the full review)

The Meat Bar

The Meat Bar

142 West Regent Street Glasgow (0141 204 3605,

How much? Lunch for two, excluding drinks, £49.50

Gaby says: “Our other main was their signature grinder burger (£8). This beast featured a burly and fat disc of oregano-spiked and paprika sprinkled beef, cooked medium pink, and sandwiched into a seeded bun. Its fixings included cubes and strips of nutty iberico chorizo, a blanket of manchego and a tomato compote. Everything you’d want from a burger (unless you prefer skinny ones, in which case, this is probably not the hang-out for you).” (read the full review)

Piccolo Mondo


344 Argyle Street, Glasgow (0141-248 2481,

How much? Three-course set menu £27.50; Starters £5.50-£12.50; 
Main courses £15.50-£27.50; 
Puddings £5 (cheese £7.50)

Richard says: “All in all, we were quietly impressed by Piccolo Mondo. The menu may be half the size of War and Peace, it’s not even on the same page as cheap, some of the waiters can effect a slightly irritating and imperious air, and the otherwise comfortable dining area has some dodgy Italian-themed kitsch paintings and squadrons of (fully armed) Venus De Milos cluttering up the place. But there’s a genuine family feel to the place and the food has the capacity to really bowl you over.” (read the full review)

Ubiquitous Chip


12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow (0141-334 5007,

How much? Three courses £39.95 (lunch £29.95)

Richard says: “Over the past 40 years since Ronnie Clydesdale changed the face of fine dining in Glasgow, replacing pretentious French haute cuisine with simple Scottish fare, and not only sourcing all of his produce locally but being the first Glasgow restaurateur to loudly proclaim this virtue, the values that underpin this landmark restaurant have hardly changed.” (read the full review)

Pictures: Robert Perry / TSPL

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