The Best Restaurants to Splurge in Glasgow
With its varied and vibrant restaurant scene, Glasgow is the envy of other cities in the UK. One of its chief advantages is the amazing access it has to Scotland’s abundant natural larder. From fresh seafood plucked from the west coast waters to prime meat and vegetables from lowland farms and fields, restaurateurs here are truly fortunate. Of course, it needs a skilled chef to get the most from this wonderful produce. Luckily Glasgow is also blessed in this department.
12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
If you wanted to trace Scotland’s modern culinary renaissance, you would begin here, on Ashton Lane in Glasgow’s West End, where the late Ronnie Clydesdale opened Ubiquitous Chip in 1971. Even then, Clydesdale recognized that Scottish produce could serve as the building blocks of standout cuisine, with nary a chip in sight. Now run by his son Colin, the Ubiquitous Chip is still one of the standard-bearers of Glasgow fine dining, though the space itself is elegantly casual. The venison haggis with champit tatties (mashed potatoes with parsley) has been on the menu since the beginning, but also worth trying is the Caledonian ice cream with poached plums and honey oats.
176 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4RL, UK
Regularly cited as the best restaurant in Glasgow, this classy venue delivers elegant haute cuisine made with the very best produce from Scotland’s abundant larder. Menu items include dishes such as spiced crab with citrus salad and grilled sea bream. Although it is certainly not a budget option, it is refreshingly unpretentious and the service is friendly and appropriately casual.
725 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX, UK
Recently revamped to showcase an open kitchen, this West End venue gives diners a ringside seat from which to watch the culinary alchemy unfold. Although the name is Scottish and the produce is sourced locally, influences are derived from a range of sources with typical dishes including a wild garlic and ham soup and marinated fish with blood orange and avocado.