Restaurants in Glasgow
As the city gradually becomes more cosmopolitan, the restaurants in Glasgow follow suit. The home city of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, Glasgow seems to be growing into a reputable gastronomic destination. Plenty of good options can be found when looking for places to eat in Glasgow, a city where young chefs are redefining Scottish cuisine and travellers can find a comprehensive offering of enticing international eateries.
Interestingly, Glasgow has been named the 'Curry Capital of Britain', and you'll find a number of good Indian restaurants catering for all budgets, as well as the ubiquitous fish and chips takeaways. Glasgow is home to large immigrant populations, so there are tasty restaurants that serve Greek, Korean, Lebanese, Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish cuisine in addition to the usual Chinese, Italian and Thai options. This variety is one of the main delights of eating out in Glasgow, but there are also plenty of restaurants serving traditional Scottish grub.
The West End is packed with pubs, bars and restaurants, and The Merchant City district is also a great place to find trendy restaurants.
Many Glasgow restaurants close for either Sunday or Monday. Diners are expected to tip wait staff around 10 percent, or 15 to 20 percent for very good service. Smoking is prohibited in all restaurants and bars in Scotland and hefty fines await those breaking the law.
The Corinthian Club
The Corinthian in Glasgow is one of the most popular venues in the city. A bar/restaurant/nightclub, situated in a stately former Bank of Scotland building with fully-restored Victorian style, it's a truly impressive location. The menu is full of local specialties, including Aberdeenshire steak, Ayrshire corn-fed chicken, Loch Fyne mussels, and Gruth Dhu cheese. The venue is always hopping, and it's best to make a reservation ahead of time.
Address: 191 Ingram Street, Merchant City
Telephone: 0141 552 1101
For good, local Scottish food in Glasgow, many head to Fanny Trollope's. The decor and service are both old-fashioned and welcoming, and the menu is constantly adjusting to what produce is in season with new and old favourites like Glenfarg lamb, ox cheeks, Cullen skink, and orange marmalade. As a bonus, the kitchen has a reputation for being accommodating to vegetarians. Fanny Trollope's is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm, Friday to Sunday from 12pm (closed 2pm-5pm).
Address: 1066 Argyle Street
Telephone: 0141 564 6464