Yes, that’s right, it’s time to accept that Christmas is indeed upon us, and with it comes the innate desire to go out and enjoy a meal with our friends to celebrate.
We’re lucky in Glasgow that we have so many amazing restaurants at our disposal, but when it comes to Christmas, the menus can become a little stagnant, all offering the same roast dinners that end up feeling a little pedestrian. With that in mind, this list focuses simply on really good food, and just one plate of turkey.
So if you’re planning a girly get together or a Christmas-themed date night with your significant other, I recommend these six spots for something extra special…
I don’t think it’s any secret that I am a MASSIVE fan of Eusebi Deli. Every time I visit I get the warmest welcome, the most delicious food and amazing service, what more could you possibly want?! How about a special Christmas menu with a special Christmas price to boot? With their festive lunch/early evening menu set at two courses for £20 or three for £25, and an evening menu of three courses for £30, it’s not bad value, and you’ll find delicious dishes like wild seasonal mushroom and truffle risotto, agnolotti filled with slow cooked beef rib and more on the menu. See the full menus here.
Porter and Rye
What’s more special than a steak? And even more importantly, who does steak better than Porter and Rye? They haven’t released a full Christmas menu online as yet, but you might have noticed their Facebook cover photo is offering a festive feast of four courses and a glass of fizz for £50. Not the cheapest offering on the list, but if their normal standards are anything to go by, you’re in for something really special. Visit the website here.
Looking for something a little bit different? Somewhere you can take your kids or your dogs, without fear of one of them causing a scene? Then you need to head down to the special Christmas market at Dockyard Social on Sunday the 25th of November. Sample a range of delicious street food while you get started on your Christmas shopping, plus the kids can even meet Santa himself! The event is in partnership with Epilepsy Scotland too, so you know it’s money well spent. Find out more here.
If you’ve never set foot inside this slice of foodie heaven, Christmas is as good a reason as any to rectify that! The Christmas menu comes in at £35 for three courses and if the sample menu on the website is to be believed, it includes the likes of Perthshire partridge with burnt pear puree and game dressing, braised Scotch beef cheek, and many more mouth-watering dishes (I’ve got my eye on the chocolate fondant with tonka bean ice cream). See the sample menu here.
There’s something very opulent about Hutchesons, and it’s known for throwing some fantastic parties, so you know you’ll be well looked after in their hands! The Festive weekday lunch comes in at £26.95 for three courses, while the evening menu goes up to £36.95. Dishes include a venison and cranberry slider starter (eh, yes please), pan seared Gartmorn Farms duck breast and of course, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings (the only place on this list you’ll find this classic Christmas feast). See the menus here.
So this one is somewhat of a wild card, but it’s also where I’ll be going for my girl’s Christmas dinner, mostly because we all really like Greek food and cocktails, both of which Halloumi can provide! Despite being a slightly unconventional location, they still have a Christmas menu, offering three courses per person. The menu allows you choose three dishes from a range of mezze like crisp calamari, chicken souvlaki, lamb dolmades and swordfish carpaccio. See the full menu here.
Whether you’re looking for steak or souvlaki, the restaurants I’ve listed have a diverse range of options and price points to hopefully suit everyone! Where are you headed for your Christmas celebrations? Let me know!