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“Lovely food, Great atmosphere and friendly staff.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Living Room - Glasgow

Living Room - Glasgow
150 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5NE, Scotland (Anderston)
+44 141 229 0607
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Ranked #430 of 1,722 restaurants in Glasgow
Price range: $14 - $51
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, British, Asian fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Anderston
Transit: Glasgow Central
Description: The Living Room is something of a magnet for Glasgow's young professionals. Bang in the middle of the city's business district, its relaxed vibe, good food and friendly service are a hit with office workers during the day and party people by night. In the atmospheric AA rosette-awarded restaurant you can dine on a range of affordable hit dishes such as the crispy duck spring rolls, sea bass fillet a Spanish sausage stew and some of the best steaks in Glasgow. Drinks are as much of an attraction as the food - our extensive cocktail list is updated frequently but if there's something in particular you fancy just ask our bartenders for your favourites!
Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Lovely food, Great atmosphere and friendly staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This is a great restaurant which likes to try and be a bit bolder with it's food serving up some fantastic dishes. The drinks list is also superb with a great range from beers to cocktails. I recommend the scotch bonnet if you are a whisky drinker. I have been quite a few times and I have never had a bad meal yet. Great if you want a starting place for a meal before heading out on the town for a night out and it is not too far a walk from the train station.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Innovative Menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

With the new menu at The Living Room, e were sad to discover that the wonderful pork and chorizo burger is no more, ah well out with the old and in with the new...

Plant Pot Crudités (£6)
Pickled baby veg - carrot, asparagus, radish and fennel in a goats cheese dip covered in dehydrated olives that have been ground down to look like soil served in a little plant pot! We opted for this because it looked so odd and yes it was quite bizarre, not only looks-wise, but taste-wise too as it's an unusual assortment of veg dipped in thick goat's cheese that resembles dirt! A bit difficult to get your head around that one, but if you like goats cheese and raw veg or are feeling healthy then it's worth a try.

Bury Black Pudding Donuts with celeriac remoulade (£5.50)
We love black pudding but we're not usually fans of Bury black pudding as it can be quite fatty compared to the Scottish variants but these "donuts" were pretty damn good, no obvious chunks of fat, just flavoursome black pudding and no holes about them either but certainly a sweet spongey doughnut batter, a bit overly doughy perhaps but then can you have undoughy donuts? So a bit like black pudding pakora in a sweet doughy batter. The celeriac remoulade was like a tangy colesalw and it also came with a fresh tube of tomato relish. We could see ourselves ordering a few of these with beer and it was our favourite dish on the night!



Slider TLR classic burger (£4)
Slider's (small burgers or sandwiches) are all the rage at the moment and there's a choice of 4 on the new menu: Classic beef burger, Pulled Pork with apple chutney, Seared Tuna with wasabi mayo and papaya salad or Devon Brown Crab with chilli and avocado. All are priced at £4 each or you can order 4 for £14, you can also pick and mix the burgers which is perfect for groups, though we could safely devour 4 each...anyway, the classic had a thin beefy patty with pickled gherkin on a brioche bun which was sweet but not as sweet as brioche can be so it was a bit different but not too out of place. This was pretty tasty and we plan to come back soon to sample the others.

TLR Scampi (£7.50)
The scampi came neatly packaged up with some lemon tartare sauce on the side...

TLR ScampiLet's be clear, this isn't the plain old regular 70s favourite but something far more interesting - little ball shaped croquettes filled with a combination of meaty monkfish and prawn apparently coated with beer drinkers favourite scampi fries! Sadly we couldn't really taste the pungent artificial scampi taste we had prepared ourselves for but it was a nice light batter and the centre was thick and meaty. Another good beer snack! The lemon tartare reminded us of the Russian salad that Lidl sell (which isn't a criticism as you can get some pretty good stuff in Lidl, the Russian salad being one such example!)

Blacksticks blue salad (£3.50)
Blacksticks cheese is certainly becoming popular these days, and this was a really good use of the noticeably bright and rather strong blue cheese,which contrasted against a sweet and mellow but crisp and refreshing Chinese pear with tatsoi and beet leaves. A really nice fruity salad for summer (it should be noted that Blacksticks Blue is pasteurised and vegetarian. Yay!).



The main course - Fishbowl (£50)
This is the one we were waiting for...a fishbowl between 2 and we were honoured to discover that we were the first people to order it in the Glasgow restaurant!

Fresh seafood

Quite literally a fishbowl for seafood lovers, we couldn't fault the presentation. The bowl is stuffed with Devon brown crab claws, langoustines, mussels, clams and prawns on a bed of savoury samphire and ice. If you love seafood then this is the obvious main course! At £50 it might seem a bit steep but it is fresh seafood and it's for sharing between 2 (or more) people. Also included is Tabasco sauce, fresh lemon wedges and more of the little tubes of tomato relish from earlier.

Samphire is becoming more readily available so it was good to see it here as it's one of the few occasions we've had it in a restaurant. It was really tasty; firm and (sea) salty.

Grande Dessert (£8)
4 of the full-prices desserts in miniature: ''Basil Grande' Eton Mess, Chocolate Pave with Peanut powder and salted caramel ice cream, Cherry Bakewell Parfait with Bakewell granola and sticky cherrie, sand Sticky Toffee Pudding with clotted cream ice cream. Phew! All great and gobbled up in silence!

In conclusion, the new menu at the Living Room is worth checking out, it's more daring than their last

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Busy christmas time, would never return. Food was tasteless, the staff were rude and only concerned about turning tables and when there are ten of you who had booked a table and were then placed at two tables at opposite ends of the room, it wasnt good. I understand christmas is very busy time but we had a very large bill and were disgusted at the attitude of the staff. Terrible

Visited December 2012
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“Surprisingly quiet for a Friday Lunchtime”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Decided to visit on the back of a 30% discount deal. Was very surprised how quiet it was, especially for a Friday lunchtime. The new menu had lots of variety and visuals to help you choose. We had the vegetable spring rolls to start each, it would probably have been better getting only one portion and something else. They were cold as we had been advised and were fine. We went on to share the Pork platter I think it was called and again there was plenty of choice and it was fine. The lack of atmosphere was a bit of a let down as it usually had a good buzz at lunch times. When we arrived there was only one person behind the bar and only one serving the tables (that we could see) we weren't in a rush but service could have been an issue if it was busier.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Food.....Great Cocktails.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I can't believe that it took me this long to visit this restaurant!
The food, I had the steak, was amazing! My friends had the lamb dish (all three of them lol) and raved so much about it, but I wasn't worried because mine was just as, probably better, as well ;-)

The wine selection was very good.....can't have a nice piece of steak without that well-paired wine to make it a great experience! And the cocktails....I must admit it has been hard finding a place that has great cocktails in Glasgow, but The Livingroom is definitely one of the places where you will find great cocktails. We had a party that night, just at our table with the food, the drinks and just all around great company and atmosphere. I am planning on going back by the end of this month. I must experience this one more time before going away :-D

Our server was very pleasant and catered to us very well.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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