“Country cooking in the West End” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
It isn't always necessary to head out into the Highlands in search of country cuisine. Here in Glasgow's swinging West End, the Charalambous brothers bring it to the city doorstep, in a modern bistro setting where hanging baskets flank the door, and rows of tables at crimson banquettes form a long, informal space. The vegetarian dishes alone are inspired, offering spelt with Jerusalem artichoke, lettuce and Brinkburn goats’ cheese, for mains. Elsewhere, stimulating combinations distinguish the seasonally-changing menus, perhaps Loch Fyne scallop with smoked eel, sour cabbage and apple, and then lamb with sprouting broccoli, anchovies and black olives, or stone bass with langoustine, clementine and pumpkin. For the seven-course taster, there are fish or meat alternatives at two stages, and caramelised whey with sea buckthorn, apple and fennel pollen makes for a thoroughly modern finale. Speciality beers and a tempting list of imaginative cocktails supplement the commendable wine list.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 48
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 24
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Scotland’s biggest city is also arguably its youngest. Glasgow may have been founded some 1,500 years ago, but most of what you see today is much more recent. The nightlife is legendary, ranging from a lively clubbing scene to Scottish traditional music in lively bars and pubs. The city claims to be Scotland’s sporting capital, a claim which was reinforced when it was chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Football is as much a local obsession as anywhere in Scotland, with all clubs maintaining a keen rivalry.
Glasgow can claim to be one of Scotland’s most ethnically diverse cities, and it has been since the 19th century. Glasgow’s industrial boom created huge demand for labour at a time when both the Scottish Highlands and Ireland were suffering extreme poverty and even famine, so tens of thousands of people migrated to work in Glasgow’s mills and shipyards. The city also had a sizeable Jewish community, and in the late 19th century, large numbers of Italians migrated to the city. About a century later, Glasgow attracted migrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and as a result you’ll find some of the best Asian food in Scotland here.
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