I originally meant to get this post up last Friday, but as it turns out, moving house takes up a lot of time, hence why things have been a little quiet on the blogging front! Now that we’re all settled in though, I can get right back into it!
If there’s one thing that food bloggers get asked more than anything, it’s “what’s your favourite restaurant?” Or, more accurately, “where do you recommend for brunch/lunch/dinner?” So, why not put all those recommendations in one place? I asked some of my favourite Glasgow food bloggers to tell me about their favourite eateries in Glasgow and it’s all here in this handy guide. How many have you eaten at?
The Food Life
“First of all, it is so difficult to narrow down. Also I feel like there’s so many amazing places that I haven’t been to yet. Obviously I can only truly recommend places I have been… so I have managed to narrow it down to two.
Kimchi Cult – Very small inside however their food is packed with flavour. I’ve tried the kimchi burger. Kimchi was just as good as any I tasted when living in South Korea. I may have even enjoyed it even more as I’d been craving it ever since landing back in the UK. Owners are not Korean but spent some time living in Busan. For this reason I feel they deserve a massive shout out as Korean flavours will be something they know a lot about. Their more traditional dishes taste amazing – they taste like the real deal and also give me feelings of nostalgia
Alston Bar and Beef – I love this place. The interior is so cool and it’s perfect for either a special occasion or even just nipping in after a hard days work. Their pre-theatre menu is great value. So cheap but doesn’t lack any quality. They have a fantastic gin collection. Perfect place for a steak and gin night.”
“We are so spoilt for choice in Glasgow – it’s very hard to pick a favourite restaurant! The one that I have been raving about most recently is Sualdo’s – a pop-up Mexican place, but we’re not talking about burritos here! Think sharing plates that really pack a punch into every little dish they prepare. I’ll definitely be back before this place closes, and the dishes I would order again are:
– Aubergine chilli – aubergine is my favourite vegetable and I’m always trying to convert aubergine-haters. If this dish doesn’t do it for them, then I give up!
– Grilled shortrib – order this with a side of the tacos, yuzu crema and Salsa Borracha – you can thank me later. You will create the tastiest taco ever.
– Huaraches – crispy fried tortilla topped with cottage cheese, Salsa Roja and Curtido (kinda like a Mexican coleslaw/kimchi) – very very moreish.
Get yourself to Sualdo’s before 1st September… or not, because I would rather not have to struggle to get a table!”
Chris Eats Glasgow
“When it comes to Glasgow’s food scene, my favourite thing has to be that it’s constantly evolving! I can’t think of two better examples of this than Bunlife Glasgow and Six by Nico.
Bunlife Glasgow is a pop-up in Strata on Queen Street doing bao buns and doing them exceptionally well. If you haven’t checked this out then I recommend making the most of it while you can. I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially the loaded sweet potato fries with kimchi and sriracha mayo.
The buns though are where it is at! The chicken katsu and hoisin chicken with crispy onions both packed a flavourful punch and the cinnamon dessert bao has just elevated the dessert game in Glasgow to a completely new level.
For something a little more permanent, then Six by Nico is the place to go. It has that pop-up feel almost as the menu changes every 6 weeks. And whilst every menu may not be for everyone, there’s something exciting about a restaurant that’s not afraid to try new things and keep it fresh. I’ve been here four times now for four different menus and it’s been a different experience every time with one constant theme; great food!”
Glasgow Food Blog
“One of my favourite places to eat in Glasgow is The Gannet in Finnieston. I always take friends and family there when they’re visiting Glasgow as I love their respect for Scottish produce.
The food is exquisite, the restaurant is gorgeous inside and the staff are some of the friendliest and most professional people I’ve met. The menu is seasonal so is ever-changing but the fondant for dessert is a must-try dish.”
Babble Brunch Glasgow
“It’s difficult to pick a favourite place to eat in Glasgow. It’s even more difficult to pick a favourite independent cafe to go for brunch in Glasgow due to the vast number of new arrivals over the last five years.
If I pick a favourite place to eat in Glasgow, it feels like I’m doing every other great indie a disservice by not mentioning them. Nevertheless, I am all about (and have always been about) supporting small independent cafes with a good atmosphere, great coffee and fantastic food. It’s a real bonus if you can also recommend a great indie to a person and a group alike, which perhaps rules out some of the indies that are extremely small and forever busy.
Based on the physical space, tasty food, great coffee and nice atmosphere, I’d have to choose Partick Duck Club as my favourite place to eat. Partick Duck Club serves papercup coffee, another favourite Glasgow independent roastery and cafe, and one of my own firm favourites. Their menu is very varied and incredibly tasty. I would highly recommend the Duck Egg Benedict and the honey mustard mayo, crispy bacon and spring onion duck fat fries.”
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James Vs. Burger
“The Butchershop is probably my all-time favourite restaurant in Glasgow. It was the place that really kick-started James vs. Burger and it’s still my favourite place to have steak and a bottle of wine.
Their double smashed burger is a thing of beauty, but only rarely makes an appearance on the menu. When it does, make sure you grab it! A Butchershop côte de boeuf and a bottle of Malbec is probably my favourite thing to eat in Glasgow too. I just wish that they still did Sunday morning steak and eggs…”
Click the link above to check out James’ blog, or follow him on Instagram here.
House of Herby
“Plato is a beautiful restaurant in Bothwell (on the outskirts of Glasgow) which fully embodies the beauty and simplicity of Greek dining. As someone who loves everything Greek – especially the food – this place is an all-rounder. They have truly lovely staff, a comfortably decorated restaurant and amazingly tasty food, which is both traditional Greek and Greek inspired.
Of the traditional dishes I have tried and loved, the Moussaka is up there – of course! So rich and homely. The Prawn Sakanaki was really tasty too. I tried a Greek inspired linguini with assorted seafood and it was better than any pasta from an Italian restaurant I’ve ever ordered. The restaurant has a calm, beachy vibe and after your meal you can just chill out and enjoy their cocktails which don’t disappoint! By far the best Greek food I’ve tried – and that’s including when I was actually in Greece!”
Check out Sharon’s blog here and be sure to check out her Instagram!
“I have certain go-to places depending on what I’m in the mood for. Whether it be India, Korean, Middle Eastern, Steak, even down to pizza.
My ultimate favourite in Glasgow though has to be Banana Leaf on Cambridge Street and Byres Road. A family run Malay/Chinese restaurant, they are consistently great, with an ever-changing menu. I’ve never once had a bad meal there in the six years I’ve been frequenting it!”
The Glasgow Diet
I guess I’d better share a recommendation of my own, huh? My favourite restaurants change all the time, but there’s one place that I’ve just loved ever since I set food inside: Eusebi Deli.
The owner, Giovanna, is so passionate about bringing authentic Italian food and wine to Glasgow and that passion shines through in the delicious food. I can’t recommend a particular dish because the menus change seasonally, but the pasta is all made in-house, as are the deliciously light pinsa. I’ve written two separate blog posts about this place I love it that much!
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