This place has been around since the 1930's and thank fully the decor has hardly changed.
The quality of the food I had was first class in all respects and the service matched the food.
Favorite Dish: I had scallops with pancetta as a starter. On the menu they are listed as seared, but my request for them to be cooked more throughly was not a problem and they were prepared exactly as I wanted. For the main I had the lemon sole which is one of their signature dishes. Again cooked pefcetly with a sumptuous sauce which really set the meal off. Afraid I was too stuffed to have a dessert.
Rose and Grants Trongate location was right across the street from hotel. I had read great things about it before we arrived in Glasgow so knew we had to give it a try. Our first visit was for an early lunch on a Monday morning, and from the moment we walked into the quaint coffee shop I was smitten. We each ordered sandwiches for lunch (as we were too early for their delicious sounding baked potatoes), and they were fabulous! The bread was so soft and fresh and everything was perfect, served with small side salads. Their coffee's were great, and they were what convinced us to go back for breakfast on our final morning. Again, we were not disappointed - I ordered the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with toast! Absolutely delicious and the perfect start to our long journey home. I still think about Rose & Grants and wish I could pop back in for a morning coffee like the steady stream of locals we watched while we enjoyed both of our meals here! Definitely make a visit... even if you just grab a coffee and a yummy treat to go!
Esca was one of the first restaurants we booked for our honeymoon in Glasgow. I had signed up for a deal of the day website, and when Esca popped up as just down the street from our hotel we figured we would give it a shot. We are both so glad that we did. Our voucher gave us a bottle of wine to share and each a pasta dish of our choice. For a bottle of house wine we were both very pleased with the quality of it. Our dinner's were fantastic as well. I wish that my Gnocchi had a bit more pasta and less meat sauce, but overall the taste was fantastic. My husband had ordered a salmon pasta - his favourite dish, and he was very pleased with it as well. We shared a tiramisu for dessert and it was delicious! So glad we opted for a dessert on our first night in the city! Eating here was definitely a great start to trip to Glasgow!
The restaurant is small, but it just makes it feel cozy. The decor is great and the girls who served us were fantastic.
We actually found Indian Cottage through a deal of the day website called Itison. We ordered one of the meal specials which included Poppadoms and spiced onions to share, a curry each and a rice or naan each and each a glass of wine or bottle of beer. We enjoyed everything that came as part of the deal and used that Naan to completely clean our plates.
Since our favourite starter at Indian restaurants is Onion Bhaji, my husband asked about them and our server told us they could make us some. We really loved them and the dipping sauce they sent out. We were glad to spend the extra money and include them in our delicious meal!
At the end I had just enough room to order their Banoffee Pot for dessert! It was fantastic! Even my husband who does not like banana or anything flavoured banana, thought it was quite nice.
We had hoped to go back again for lunch, but unfortunately we ran out of time. I hope we can send some people in the direction of this newer restaurant since we really enjoyed everything about it!
As the restaurant tells the story, here is the reported legend of Rab Ha, for which the place is named (a humorous tale of excess to be sure taken from the website):
"Born over 150 years ago, Robert Hall, or 'Rab Ha' as he is better known now, was a rotund man who made a living from eating. His appetite earned him the title 'Glesca Glutton', and was celebrated throughout the west of Scotland. Originally a farm laborer, he abandoned settled employment and chose the life of the vagrant after his mother threw him out for eating her “oot o’ hoose ’n hame”. Many would pay to watch him devour tables of food, and he also made money from winning various gluttonous competitions such as pie eating. It was in this field that he became more widely known. He beat the ‘Yorkshire Pudding’, an English glutton of great renown. So great was his appetite that no one who wagered on his gastronomic powers were likely to lose. In fact it is recorded that he was only beaten once, and by a most curious dish - “a saucerful of oysters mixed with cream and ground lump sugar”.
Anyway, it's got a fancy and smart looking bar and has a real pub atmosphere with wooden tables for drinking or dining. True to my Scottish whimsey for a meal, I chose the Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. It was my first try for the Haggis and tasty though it be, it's a bit gritty, but when mixed with the Neeps (mashed turnips) and tatties (mashed potatoes) it is really quite excellent on the palate. I was suitably impressed in trying this dish as an experiment in something traditionally Scottish. I recommend trying it!
Rab Ha's was just the right experience I was hoping for in something with a Scottish taste. Good draught beer on tap too - cold in a tall glass - perfect way to wind down a day of touring. The place is actually a hotel with attached bar and restaurant and hails itself as a "Hidden gem in the heart of the Merchant City". Well I may not have found it on my own, but fortunately we had Ian as a local Glaswegian to guide us here, so I may tend to agree. I may be overzealous, but I give it the full 5 stars because it was excellent and just the Scottish experience in taste I was looking for.
Favorite Dish: Haggis, Neeps and Tatties - My first experience and pleasingly surprised it was quite delicious.
I had spent a morning participating in UK conference calls; and finished these at 13.00. My next call was at 15.00 with colleagues based on the east coast of the USA.
I went for a walk and looked for lunch. "One Up" was not a place I had been before, so decided to try it.
It was really somewhere that functioned late at night as a dance club but also offered day time refreshment too.
The service was fairly good - salad and chips fine, did not really like the burger.
A "tapas and cava" bar. Well, we skipped the cava.
The tapas were fine - we just wanted a late afternoon snack, so ideal.
Meatballs, chicken slices, spicy fried potatoes, the Spanish version of bruschetta, tortilla, anchovies in vinaigrette. That was between 3 - not all for me.
My only gripe was that I asked for the tortilla cold, and it was hot.
Came to £36, after a compulsory service charge. Service was fine, once I'd re-adjusted to the Glasgow patois. My Bavarian friends never quite got there. I had to translate out of Glaswegian and into English. Then they were fine.
Favorite Dish: The anchovies - delicious.
I booked a table at the Black Sheep after being impressed by its good reviews on another website. I was not at all disappointed that I had chosen to eat there.
From the outside, the bistro does not look anything special. However, when you walk through the door, that all changes. The friendly welcome by the host was really nice, as was the offer to take our coats. Our table by the window was very cosy and the restaurant only has about 8 or so tables which makes the place feel really homely. The hosting skills are fantastic, attentive but not smotheringly so. The food is very fresh and tasty home cooking, absolutely first rate. The crowning glory of the Black Sheep is the desserts; they really are works of art and obviously something that the family who own the place take great pride in. It was a pleasure eating here and we would highly recommend it and would visit again next we return to Glasgow.
Favorite Dish: As I have mentioned, the desserts are really fantastic here. I had a Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding with drizzled chocolate and fresh strawberries- absolutely delicious. My sister had the Strawberry Shortbread Stacks which included fresh raspberries too. She said it was one of the best pudding she has ever had.
If uyou find yourself on Hyndland Road near the top of Clarence Drive, then you could do a lot worse than stop here for a coffee or light meal. This place makes homemade soup, excellent coffee, paninis, toasties, and stovies. The paninis have a bit of a gourmet touch but are still reasonably priced. This is an area that is worth visiting if you're looking for an area with plenty of one off shops, restaurants and bars, frequented by the residents of this upmarket area. Nearby Byres Road is equally interestin g, more geared to the student crowd.
small ,bijou perhaps ,it has a great offpeak deal of coffee+refill and internet access for one hour for just 3 euros thats £1.80 =the bestvalue we found in Scotland
Favorite Dish: american blueberry muffins, just like at home
offers free wifi and a nice courtyard garden
Chicken Chasni was done to a turn and as in most indian restaurants the main ingredient of all sauces is onion so if you invent an allergy to onions the chefs skill is tested and you can savour freshlymade sauce and the chefs culinary skill.
This was no problem at all for chefs here,
Had a nice mix of music and decor but they were all background to the contented customers who had /were having a great treat.
Favorite Dish: freshly made chicken chasni but the takeaway veggie pakora @£2.50 for a huge bag was greatest deal. If you mention the hostel or virtualtourist you get 10% discount
Boasting 79 vodka types bar snacks and a full a la carte menu this is well priced and a lively night out.Lots of Live Acts.It is fun but not quite.
Favorite Dish: Had several good snacks and meals. The pizza is from stone ovens and you notice the difference.
This restaurant reminded me of this one other place on the cruise ship I ate at. It seemed to be nothing but appetizers with small portions. I left still hungry. Had I known that it was such a place I would have gotten much more. If you go, make sure you order a couple more plates. The food itself wasn't too bad, but I've had better.
78 St Vincent is a restaurant with a long history and tradition.
Unexperienced I went into the restaurant for a simple meal, but was served an excelent dinner.
The restaurant is housed in a building locally known as the Phoenix Building constructed in 1914 for the Phoenix Assurance Company.
The interiors has been restored and transformed into a classy restaurant.
The term "French with a Scottish flavour! " is well on its place.
Mo-Fr: 8.30AM-3PM / 5PM-12PM
Sa: 9AM-3PM / 5PM-12PM
Su: 10AM-3PM / 5PM-12PM
Favorite Dish: Soup of the day (each time a surprise).
Anything the chef recommends.
Excellent Cantonese Chinese menu, lots of hot chili style dishes, Great atmosphere with high plastered ceilings and skylights. Service was very good as well.
Favorite Dish: We had Thousand Chili Pork, a mixed Satay and some noodles and rice with Chinese beer. Wonderful!
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