Glasgow has an ever-evolving food scene and has gained a reputation for highly acclaimed restaurants. But fine dining doesn’t have to be formal, there are loads of great venues across the city that have a chilled out vibe while still offering up some of the best menus in town. Here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer.
Hanoi Bike Shop
Tucked away on the quirky Creswell Lane in the city’s West End, The Hanoi Bike Shop serves fresh, vibrant Vietnamese street food with a menu designed for sharing. The restaurant, owned by Colin Clydesdale who also owns the award-winning Glasgow institution, The Ubiquitous Chip, can count Beyonce as fan as she dined here during a recent UK tour. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with a fun décor featuring bicycles and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Virginia Court is one of the city’s hidden gems. A pretty, fairy-lit courtyard in the city centre that’s occupied by a small but quality selection of venues. Brutti Compadres has a Mediterranean inspired menu including a great selection of tasting plates from salt and pepper squid and angry prawns to haggis croquets! With its super chilled vibe and outdoor seating area you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on the Continent when the sun shines on this little corner of town.
Established in 2014, Porter & Rye was the vanguard of the Finnieston community which is now considered ‘the hippest place to live in the UK’. The restaurant is renowned for their dry-aged beef and cured meats and commitment to locally sourced and foraged ingredients. The friendly staff are on hand to provide expert guidance on the menu and the various cuts of meat.
BAad is a super-cool urban space housed in the heart of Glasgow’s world famous Barras Market. Home to various local artists and a weekend craft market, you'll also find A'Challtainn (pronounced A Cawl Tain, Gaelic for Calton, meaning “the hazel wood”), a restaurant and cocktail bar that serves the finest Scottish fish and shellfish, alongside carefully crafted meat and vegetarian dishes.
Located in the city’s vibrant west end, The Drugstore Social takes the shape of an old-school pharmacy with dark wood panels and medicine bottles lining the walls. Their ethos is supporting health and happiness with each dish created with the finest and freshest Scottish produce, the menu is even accompanied by a nutritional guide, detailing every recipes remedial qualities! Enjoy one of their elaborately titled cocktails that are served in old-fashioned apothecary bottles.
Chaakoo takes guests back in time to experience the incredible flavours, smells and atmosphere of a classic Iranian café with a colonial-style décor, ornate cornicing and dark woods. These cafes may be a dying breed in India but this is Scotland’s very first! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is a mix of the familiar and unusual with small plates allowing you to experience a range of exotic flavours.