Glasgow’s best restaurants for special occasions
Glasgow’s food scene is ever-changing, and sometimes it can be tricky to choose where to go to celebrate that big birthday, new job, or just a Tuesday night. Because we’re good people, we nobly sought out what the city had to offer, and then asked you, our loyal band of foodies, to pick your favourites in the 'Glasgow's Best Restaurant for Special Occasions' category of the i-on Food and Drink Reader Awards 2016 in association with Deliveroo. Here are the results…
Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or
Did you know that Chardon d’Or translates to the Golden Thistle? We feel it neatly sums up the ethos and spirit of Brian Maule’s decidedly fine dining. Combining the best of Scotland’s larder with French techniques, the restaurant’s pared-back surroundings allow you to focus on the heart of the matter – the food. Go for the Scotch Lamb, stay for the crème brûlée.
Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or, 176 West Regent St, Glasgow, G2 4RL, Tel: 0141 248 3801, www.brianmaule.com
The Ubiquitous Chip
Famed for the slew of celebrities that grace its hallowed interior, the Ubiquitous Chip has become something of an icon of the Glasgow food scene and champions Scottish cuisine in all its glory. Colloquially known as ‘The Chip’, the lush greenery and fairy lights make for a magical space that delivers on drinks, service, and scran. Tuck into big or wee plates of Shetland mussels, wood pigeon or onion squash dumplings, paired with their award-winning wine list, and sigh in bliss.
The Ubiquitous Chip, 12 Ashton Ln, Glasgow, G12 8SJ, Tel: 0141 334 5007, www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk
Blending 1930s glamour with a friendly welcome, delicately cooked fish and seafood from Scottish Waters, Rogano is a joy for anyone who likes a taste of the ocean. On the menu are beautiful dishes such as pan-fried North Sea cod rubbing shoulders with classics such as lobster thermidor. The biggest decision you’ll have to make all night is whether you make the latter a full or half portion.
Rogano, 11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow, G1 3AN, Tel: 0141 248 4055, www.roganoglasgow.com
Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery
Oak and mahogany, stained glass and tartan carpet bring an intimate feel to your surroundings at The Buttery – something you might notice if you could tear your attention away from your plate. And who could blame you, when the Two Fat Ladies are serving some of Scotland’s finest produce. For the sweet toothed, grab a pal and try the Two Fats Grand Dessert. You can thank us later.
Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, 652-654 Argyle St, Glasgow, G3 8UF, Tel: 0141 221 8188, www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com/buttery
Those clever souls at Stravaigin don’t just deliver on their menu, they’ve been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand every year since 2012. With their ‘Think Global, Eat Local’ ethos, here you’ll find Scottish ingredients creatively cooked – and the results are delicious. Try their ‘baozis’ – wee soft, steamed buns, stuffed with Korean chicken, crispy paneer or salt and pepper prawns. Crunchy nut pannacotta to finish? Go on, then…
Stravaigin, 28 Gibson St, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow, G12 8NX, Tel: 0141 334 2665, www.stravaigin.co.uk
The Honours at Malmaison
Available for lunch, dinner and private dining, The Honours is the perfect spot to sip lovely libations beneath a glittery domed ceiling, enjoy relaxed service and a blend of both traditional and modern French cuisine. Letting the produce speak for itself, we love the ‘Simply Done’ section on the menu – with delights such as the acorn-fed Iberico pork or any of the Donald Russell steaks.
Martin Wishart’s The Honours at Malmaison, 278 West George St, Glasgow, G2 4LL,
Tel: 0141 378 0384, www.malmaison.com/locations/glasgow/the-honours
The Western Club
That ever-classic combination of tried and true British and European dishes with a self-professed contemporary flourish, The Western Club remains a firm favourite in the heart of Glasgow, established since 1825 and still going strong. Head Chef Kevin O’Neill lovingly crafts each menu: expect assiettes of seafood, truffled wild mushroom gnocchi and confit duck. Perfect for a special occasion with your loved ones.
The Western Club, 32 Royal Exchange Sq, Glasgow, G1 3AB, Tel: 0141 248 2214, www.theclubrestaurant.co.uk
In their own words, Cail Bruich aim “to provide a relaxed fine dining experience unique in Glasgow with food that is seasonal, inspirational, and above all, delicious as our focus”. With daily deliveries from local suppliers and the freshest of ingredients, diners can choose from a market, a seasonal or a tasting menu, all geared to delight your palate.
Cail Bruich, 725 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, G12 8QX, Tel: 0141 334 6265, www.cailbruich.co.uk
Good things come in threes. From the 158, where fizz and oysters are de riguer, to the Grand Brasserie, and finally, the Glenfarclas Private Dining Room, Hutcheson’s have you covered, day and night. Bubbles with your brunch? Champagne with your crustaceans? Steak and seafood for supper? Enjoy them all in decadent surroundings and make your special occasion one to remember.
Hutcheson’s, 158 Ingram St, Glasgow, G1 1EJ, Tel: 0141 552 4050, www.hutchesonsglasgow.com
Famous ‘foup’ (fish soup), Norwegian prawns and Thai mackerel spread: Gamba in Glasgow is synonymous with fresh, quality food and relaxed surroundings to scoff it down in. Chef Patron Derek Marshall has not one, but two AA rosettes, and a cookbook to boot – so when those foup cravings kick in, it can be recreated at home for the seafood lovers in your life.
Gamba, 225a West George St, Glasgow, G2 2ND, Tel: 0141 572 0899, www.gamba.co.uk
Words: Eloise Leeson