Glasgow already has the reputation as one of the foodie capitals of the UK. But what makes eating out in Glasgow undeniably Glaswegian?
Well, we’ve taken a look at some of the foodie experiences that you can only have in Glasgow’s great and colourful culinary landscape and put together a list of the best and most interesting.
1. Get transported to Vietnam with Hanoi Bike Shop
The Hanoi Bike Shop is where food meets escapism as its immersive, authentic-feeling surroundings easily make you forget you’re in Glasgow’s West-End. The food is unique too, with interesting Vietnamese dishes such as organic ginger tofu and cari-spiced beef curry.
8 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow, G12 9BG, hanoibikeshop.co.uk
2. Have a religious experience at Cottiers
Only in Glasgow could you enter a church and come out with your belly full. Don’t worry we’re not talking about gorging yourself on Eucharists, we’re referring to the dinning area in Cottiers, where you can have a delicious three course meal in the wonderful surroundings of a beautiful renovated church.
93-95 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PU, cottiers.com
3. Experience a special ambiance in Nanakusa
For relaxing times, make it Nanakusa. With its ever changing lighted paneling casting a neon glow over your tables and outstanding Japanese cuisine, eating there is like being in a scene from the film Drive…if it were directed by Sophia Coppola.
441 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3LG, nanakusa.co.uk/
4. Have a drunken salmon at Ox and Finch
Ox and Finch are starting to garner quite the reputation in Glasgow, and for good reason. They create innovative dishes in tapas style portions so that you can experience as many new flavours as possible. A particular standout on the menu is the salmon, which as been cured in beetroot and gin, giving it a deliciously boozy but delicate edge.
920 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G3 7TF, oxandfinch.com
5. Try a culinary creation from the Mad Chef at Bloc
If there’s ever a bar or restaurant which could earn the title of being irreverent, then it’s Bloc. And this off-the-wall, punk- attitude is embodied by their chef cum local celebrity – who goes by the name of the mad chef. Anyone who has ever been in Bloc will have seen one of his many wacky and delicious creations go by them – from his insane Irn-Bru soaked pulled pork hot-dogs to the hilariously named but undeniably good Vladimir Poutine.
117 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 2SZ, bloc.ru
6. Make a pig of yourself at The Gannet
Pig’s head anyone? Whilst that might not initially seem like the most appealing foodie question, one of Glasgow’s best fine-dining restaurants The Gannet, turns it into a far tastier proposition. Coating the pig’s head in delicate, crispy breadcrumbs and frying to a perfect golden brown, they have turned what may seem like a culinary oddity into one of the best foodie experiences in the city.
1155 Argyle St, Glasgow, G3 8TB, thegannetgla.com
7. Have a meaty cocktail at the Meat Bar
Only in Glasgow would there be a place wacky enough to sell something called a Meatojito. Which, if you haven’t already guessed from the image above is a mojito cocktail with a piece of delicious bacon on it…and if that sounds weird to you then that’s because it is – but it’s bacon, and everything is better with bacon…right?
142 W Regent St, Glasgow, G2 2RQ, themeatbar.co.uk
8. Get a quirky fish and chips at Chinaski’s
Look, everyone knows the best chippies in Scotland reside in Glasgow. That’s a fact, and we’re not going to debate it in this article. But if you find yourself fancying some fish and chips but feel as though you want to be a bit risque too, then you should probably get yourself down to Chinaski’s for their lemon and vodka battered fish and chips. Yes, you heard correctly…fish in a vodka and lemonade batter. Wit’s Glasgow like, eh?
239 North St, Glasgow, G3 7DL, chinaskis.com
9. Indulge in a Buckfast taco at The Flying Duck
Continuing on the theme of mixing comfort food with alcohol, we have perhaps the most Glaswegian of them all from The Flying Duck. Their vegan “pulled pork” tacos are infused with the most intriguing of flavours…Buckfast. It’s a bizarre fusion of Mexican and Glaswegian culture that brings flavour and locale together in a very special and fun way.
142 Renfield St, Glasgow, G2 3AU, flyingduckclub.com
10. Eat oysters Gatsby style at Rogano
With its opulent art-deco styling and lavish oysters and champagne on offer, Rogano’s is a uniquely inspired joint where you can live out your fantasies of being Jay Gatsby without ever having to leave the comforts of Glasgow’s city centre.
11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 3AN, roganoglasgow.com
And for those wanting a true taste of Glasgow
11. Share a Munchie Box at MacDonners
The contents of a munchie box reads like a who’s who of late night guilty foodie pleasures. There’s nothing that says a Glasgow night out like coming home from the pub with your mates and sitting around a table to tuck into one of these – you’ll regret it in the morning, but at the time it’s pure greasy bliss.
528 St Vincent St
12. Have some proper pies at Old Salty’s
The Glaswegians have brought a fair few things to the culinary table over the years, but perhaps our best work lies in what we put in our pies. At Old Salty’s you can get two classic Glaswegian pies: the macaroni and the chicken curry. If at first this sounds a bit mad (as it did to The Guardian food critic Jay Rayner on his visit to the Glaswegian chippy), then just take a bite and discover the true delights of what can be achieved when you stick already delicious food into a crispy pie casing.
1126 Argyle St, Glasgow, G3 8TD, oldsaltys.co.uk
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