8th November 2013
Glasgow is a city of closely stacked opposites, so you never know whether there’s a deli, a kebab shop, or a stellar restaurant around the next corner. Unless, that is, you've got a copy of the Good Food Guide in your hand. Scotland's national day – St Andrew's day – is celebrated on 30th November, so we've picked five of the best restaurants in Scotland's largest city, to suit every budget.
Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or
176 West Regent Street, G2 4RL
In a porticoed Georgian town house not far from the city centre, Scottish-born chef Brian Maule serves up a pleasing combination of carefully judged French food and truly exemplary wines. Stand out dishes include 'duck trio' (foie gras, confit leg terrine and cured fillet with pistachios), or pan-fried John Dory with baby leeks, salsify and macaroni.
725 Great Western Road, G12 8QX
A new entry in the Good Food Guide 2014, Cail Bruich ('Eat Well') is an ambitious brasserie with excellent sourcing. Perfectly at home in Glasgow's trendy, slightly pampered West End, the dim lighting, red banquettes and worn floorboards read like a Parisian bistro. Top-drawer ingredients are on show in desserts such as 'textures of Valrhona Manjari chocolate' (essentially ganache, brioche and homemade Aero) with salted-caramel ice cream.
51 Bell Street, G1 1PA
This breezy Bell Street spot ticks the 'deli' box, but its main function is as a slick metropolitan restaurant. Another new entry in the Good Food Guide 2014, the interior sports the kind of stripped-back, dining-in-the-kitchen brand of cool that says the food is the star. And so it is. You can pick deli sandwiches, oysters, 'divine' mac'n'cheese or smoky delights from the char-grill.
16 Byres Road, G11 5JY
This laid-back neighbourhood bistro at the foot of the Byres Road always has something new and intriguing to try. The cooking is unpretentious, confident, and produce-driven, with dishes such as roast Tuscan sausage with spicy Puy lentils and Parmesan mash, or pan-fried bavette with Hassleback potatoes, wild mushrooms and Café de Paris butter.
12 Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ
An inimitable national treasure, the Ubiquitious Chip's success lies in its ability to move with the times without being enslaved by fashion: so while some dishes come and go, others (notably the kilt-swirling venison haggis) are in it for the long haul. Former stables set around a cobbled mews, the interior includes a dining area in a fabulous glass-roofed cobbled courtyard. The monumental wine list is another delight.
Hungry for more Scottish inspiration? Check out our pick of the best restaurants in Edinburgh, and read about this year’s winner of our Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award for Scotland, the Gardener’s Cottage.
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