Neighbourhood watch: Kelvingrove Café

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Amanda Southey checks out an established local favourite in Finnieston...

For reasons unbeknown to me, Kelvingrove Café on Argyle Street has slipped under my radar. It opened five years ago which coincides with my move from west to east so I’ll put it down to that. Regardless, my time had come and I booked a table on a Sunday afternoon with the family in tow.

The place is renowned for amazing cocktails so it felt right to sample some - for research purposes, obviously. I went for the Death on the Nile, £8, a small, delicate, gin-based cocktail with a slight bitterness – a great pick me up after the night before– and a special mocktail was made for mini me, my daughter, who was instantly smitten with its creator, Barry, one of the co-owners of the cocktail bar. The bar has a great atmosphere with chilled, cool vibes. On our lunchtime visit there was a mixed crowd with families, friendly dogs and couples chilling with a drink or having lunch. And the food is as good as the drinks and vibes, living up to heightened expectations created after listening to rave reviews from friends over the years.

We go comfort all the way with haggis bonbons, £6.50, and chicken caesar lettuce cups with avocado, £6.50, to start, followed by the KC Sliders, £5 each, with the mini cheeseburger and mini fried chicken burger winners for us, accompanied by a side of Salted Rooster Fries, £4. What’s a burger without fries, right? A big plate of mac&cheese, £10, is divine - crispy on top with truffle oil adding a welcome kick; and the KC Breakfast, £10, is a full-on fry up and instantly declared as one of the best brekkies around. Kelvingrove Café, please accept my humble apologies for taking so long to visit. We’ll be back again very soon.

1161 Argyle St, G3 8TB, Tel: 0141 221 8988, kelvingrovecafe.com

Kelvingrove / Finnieston / Food review

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