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Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

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Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

Having lived in Glasgow for 11 years now and with a slight obsession to eating out, I have tried lots of Glasgow restaurants/eateries. So I thought I would share a list of my favourite places in categories in the hope that I can help others out. I'd also love to know of anywhere tried and tested that you would add to the list.

Italian:

La Lanterna (old school Italian, no pizza here!)

Italian Kitchen (rabbit ravioli is amazing)

Scottish/British:

Fanny Trollopes (very good pre theatre. Informal setting)

Roastit Bubbly Jocks (out in Partick)

Guys (massive mix of a menu, try the Glasgow tapas)

Cafe Gandolfi (gets busy- and loud- at weekends so book ahead. Delicious food)

Special Occasion Dining (i.e not cheap!):

Stravaigin -fusion between Scottish and eastern (excellent restaurant downstairs or more informal bar upstairs if its not a special occasion. Also do good brekkie)

The Ubiquitous Chip (restaurant and brasserie both very good. The restaurant is not cheap but worth it and the brasserie is a bit more informal. Bar gets extremely busy at weekends)

Cail Bruich (the food here is gorgeous)

Lunch:

Celinos

The Tea Rooms at The Butterfly & Pig (shabby chic soups, sandwiches & cakes. Try the afternoon tea)

Ashoka Ashton Lane (thali lunch good value)

Cushion & Cake (yummy soup)

Greek:

Yiamas (great value lunch menu. old style no frills taverna with a big upstairs great for groups)

Athena

Best For Groups:

Soho (italian)

Sapporo Teppanyaki (food is good but not excellent but go for the show and fun factor)

Viva Brazil (for carnivores. eat lots of steak, chicken etc for as long as you want. Wear a stretchy waistband)

Fish:

The Fish People's Cafe

Chippy Doon The Lane (fish and chips, not fancy)

Bar/Pub Grub:

Bier Halle on Gordon Street (the pizzas are the best)

Velvet Elvis (gets busy on weekends so book ahead)

Butterfly & Pig

Brutti Ma Buoni

Indian:

Mother India's Cafe

Nakodar Grill

Chinese:

Opium

Dragon-i

Thai:

Thai Lemongrass

Tikibar & Kitsch Inn (also do delicious cocktails)

Other:

The Grill On The Corner (best sunday lunch I've tried in Glasgow & if you join online for free to get a blackhouse card then you can get 40% off if you book in advance)

Cafezique (breakfast, lunch or dinner- this place is a hit. The only disappointment is no menus on the website to make you want to go)

The Left Bank (a mix of a menu, try the tapas-y dishes)

Places On My Hitlist To Try Out Next:

Number 16

Mussel Inn

The Sisters Kelvingrove

Central Market

Smoak

(friends have been to the above places and raved about them)

I had intended on the list being much smaller but I realised that there are so many great places in Glasgow that I love that I didn't want to miss any out.

Does anyone have any more to add to my hitlist of places to visit this year?

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1. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

Balbirs, Church St (Indian)

La Vita, branches at George Sq, Byres Rd and Bishopbriggs (Italian)

Ho Wong, York St, (Cantonese) comparatively pricey.

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2. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

thanks, madscotsman115 - I will give Balbirs & Ho Wong a try. I have been to La Vita a few times but the food never wowed me but I know a few people with kids who really like it.

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3. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

I've been to Ho WOng quite a few time. Yes it is a bit on the dear side but I really enjoy it plus everytime I have been there has always been a well kent face getting fed as well.

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4. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

Pray tell??

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5. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

From experience:

Italian:

Lamora (excellent, great value)

Paperino's (probably the best pizzas)

Scottish/British:

Guy's Restaurant (definitely)

Tattie's Bistro (great value, great food, friendly service)

Special Occasion Dining:

The Ubiquitous Chip (definitely)

La Vallée Blanche (French/Scottish cuisine, good ambience, good service)

Greek:

Athena (yes)

Elia Greek Restaurant (great value, delicious Greek cuisine, friendly service)

Indian:

Mother India (definitely)

Mother India Cafe (definitely)

Thai:

Thai Siam (best Thai food in Glasgow)

Chinese:

Chinatown (definitely)

The New Loon Fung (definitely)

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6. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

Another vote for Balbirs and Dhakin for south Indian food.

Cafe Andaluz does great tapas (and good chips 😊)

The Arches is good for casual city centre lunches,

For Italian, Carluccios, the Italian caffe on Albion Street and Paperinos are good.

For veggie, the 78 is relaxed.

Tinderbox for maybe the best coffee in Glasgow.

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7. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

ellonway- I used to like Tattie Macs too but when I went past the other day it has shut down :(

Tinderbox coffee is fantastic!

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8. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

Lovely thread Laura! I heard Tattie Macs on Otago Street is going to be an Italian, but don't quote me.

A few personal faves in the West End:

La Vallee Blanche on Byres Road http://www.lavalleeblanche.com/

Butchershop Bar and Grill http://www.butchershopglasgow.com/

Mother India Cafe and Mother India Dining In (next door to each other) http://www.motherindia.co.uk/

Balbirs Indian for special events, and always the full served banquet! Open evenings only www.balbirsrestaurants.co.uk/church_home.html

Stravaigin - upstairs casual dining, downstairs fine dining http://www.stravaigin.co.uk/

Cafezique for brunch http://www.delizique.com/

For casual vegetarian/vegan eats in the city centre I would recommend the food at Stereo (student friendly/shabby chic/don't look too closely at the loos, lol) http://www.stereocafebar.com/

Edited: 10:27 am, May 10, 2013
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9. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

What a pity about Tatties Bistro.

Was recommending it to my work colleagues today after having another great meal there just two weeks ago.

Must go past soon and see what it is to become.

Enjoy!

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10. Re: Some lovely restaurants / places to eat in Glasgow

Another vote for Balbir's in Church Street!

On the Southside I'd like to nominate The Greek Golden Kebab in Sinclair Drive. Soon moving to swanky new premises across the road "The Greek" serves fantastic home-cooked Greek-Cypriot food in surroundings that hark back to the 1970's.

For Italian I'd recommend Trattoria Gia on King Street.

Great thread!!!

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