There’s nothing better than a good Christmas dinner and over the festive period, we’ll use any reason to go out for one – with your friends, your colleagues, your family or your partner.
I might be a little behind here, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy some of the city’s top festive menus. It’s another thing I love about the Christmas season – restaurants creating stunning set menus just for the festive period and it gives you the chance to experience restaurants at their very best.
I thought I’d round up my top five Festive Menus to sample this December – although most Christmas menus tend to run into January for a week or two. It’s not too late to book at a large number of places too, so if you and your friends or your partner want a special meal, here are my recommendations:
Cail Bruich are respected in Glasgow for their modern take on classical dishes and this Christmas, their set dinner menu consists of mouth watering dishes like hand-dived Scallops with Truffle & Madiera, or Perthshire venison loin, with black pudding, artichoke and blackberry sauce. Yum! The menu includes three courses plus Snacks & Appetisers and a Selection of teas or coffee & petit fours – all for £36.95.
If you’re a regular follower, you’ll know how much I love Bo’vine for offering delicious, high quality steaks at low prices, and Christmas is no exception. I’m actually going to sample their Christmas menu on Sunday with friends, and the staff were kind enough to contact me to pre-order our drinks, so everything would be waiting for us as soon as we arrived. Their menu includes dishes like Stornaway Black Pudding with Poached Hens Egg and Red Wine Jus, a choice of two different cuts of steaks, and all the classics like Turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pud. It’s the cheapest of the lot too, coming in at £26.95 for three courses.
If you fancy something a little bit different, Ox and Finch provide a great alternative to your standard set menu. For the festive season, they’ve adapted their menu and added a number of Christmas dishes, like the Turkey, Cranberry, Bacon and Chestnut Meatballs, or Christmas Pudding Parfait with Armagnac-Poached Prunes. This is a modern twist on Christmas dinner and a modern take on dining, with everything being shared tapas-style, allowing you to sample a range of dishes instead of just one. Dishes cost between £5 and £8.50 each.
For something really fun and interactive, Wild Cabaret provides a night of fine dining and fantastic entertainment from acrobats to sword swallowers and magicians. Their Christmas Menu includes dishes like Duck Liver Parfait, Fillet of Beef Welling ton and Herb Crusted Fillet of Salmon. The cost of this special menu includes a glass of fizz on arrival, three courses, the cabaret show and your table until 3am if you’re in for dinner. The problem is, the prices range from £35 per person to £85 per person, depending on what time of day and time of the month you go – so make sure you take a look at the prices before you book!
If you’re looking for a really elegant evening, I would definitely recommend Ubiquitous Chip. Renowned as one of the top fine dining restaurants in Glasgow, with stunning scenery and an ideal location on picturesque Ashton Lane, this is definitely the place to make your Christmas dinner magical. The restaurant Festive Dinner menu includes dishes like Orkney Salmon mi cuit with crab and kohlrabi salad, and pheasant with chargrilled celeriac and hazelnut spelt, along with some Christmas classics. The lunch menu comes in at £29.95, while the dinner menu amps the price up at £39.95. It’s expensive, but you are paying for the high quality and standards as well as the beautiful plates and surroundings.
I hope you all enjoy your Christmas dinners this season, I’m certainly looking forward to mine on Sunday! Remember you can keep up to date with the Glasgow Diet on Facebook and on twitter @theglasgowdiet