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“Good basement brasserie”
Review of Cafe Source

Cafe Source
Ranked #145 of 2,430 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $40
Cuisines: Scottish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Cafe Source is located beneath the magnificently restored 18th Century St. Andrew’s Church in the Merchant City, Cafe Source offers a relaxed and informal dining experience for those wanting to sample some gutsy “real” Scottish fare. Traditional favourites such as Haggis, Stovies and the ever popular Cullen Skink figure on the menu, however you will also find a wide range of contemporary dishes. Pre-Theatre and Dinner Menus are also available offering excellent value for money. Specials change on a daily basis and with an extensive choice of Malt Whisky, fine wines, Scottish beers and lagers you will surely find Café Source a truly relaxing place to enjoy a taste of Scotland. 10 Mins from Central Station. 2 Mins from Glasgow Cross/Glasgow Green.
Paisley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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“Good basement brasserie”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Our small group from the office visited the Cafe Source @ St Andrews in the Square to eat before a night out in the Merchant City. We found the entrance to this basement restaurant near the front of a church in the centre of an almost deserted St Andrews Square, just off the Saltmarket. The often busy, brasserie style restaurant and bar were very quiet at 6pm but we were shown to a booth by the welcoming waiter.

The fixed price dinner menu offered a choice of 7 starters and 7 mains plus 4 sweets and cheese. There was a good choice of dishes which majored in fresh Scottish produce. The food was hearty, tasty and well presented. For starters we particularly enjoyed the excellent creamy Cullen Skink soup and the crispy Goat’s Cheese Risotto Balls with sweet red pepper and tomato dip. For mains most of our group chose the oven Roasted Breast of Chicken which was wrapped in Parma Ham, perfectly cooked and moist and also the roasted Coley which was the fish of the day. To finish the Crème Brulee was rich with vanilla and the sticky toffee pudding was hot and sweet and topped off with a rich butterscotch sauce and a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.

The dinner offer came with a complimentary half bottle of wine per person. There is a short wine list offering bottles of wine from £14 per bottle and several wines by the glass.

Cafe Source has casual and more formal dining and the menu provides a wide choice ranging from a Croque Monsieur to Pan-Fried King Scallops. There are also daily specials chalked up on a blackboard. Although this establishment is a bit out of the way and located in a basement, the food is good, the service is relaxed and efficient and the wine included dinner offer is great value for money. Definitely recommended.

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“Great food service and entertainment”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We went on the Cosmopolitan big band night. Food was excellent and service was brilliant. Many of our party hadn't been before but all agreed they would be back.

  • Visited May 2013
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“Lovely Birthday meal”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

I came here with my work for our Christmas lunch last year. It was so good that I came back through from Edinburgh for my birthday meal. The Haggis Pakora is beautiful and I had the risotto for main. Unfortunately I was too stuffed to have the Orkney fudge cheesecake so I'll be back again soon to try it. The staff are lovely and friendly. Not overpowering or trying to hard. Beautiful, cosy setting.

Visited May 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Great location”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Great deal from 5pm for lunch. We even got a tour of the venue upstairs. I was the only one out of our group of three that had been there before for a meal. Everything was good, service, food and atmosphere, even if the restaurant was quiet on a Monday lunchtime.

  • Visited May 2013
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Glasgow
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“Fabulous Food”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We visited Cafe Source on Sunday after doing the Race For Life. We booked it through 5pm.co which was a two course and a glass of wine for £13. It was my first visit to the restaurant and I was not disappointed. The food was fabulous!! The haggis pakora was to die for, moist and light and it was served with spicy onions and a tasty dip. The chicken breast wrapped in bacon was served with haggis potatoes and vegetables, it was moist and equally tasty. Overall the whole dining experience was excellent. Definitely worth a return visit.

  • Visited May 2013
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