You really will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in Glasgow. Due to the fact the city’s areas are all so different, it means the types of cuisine available are of a tasty variety, too. Whether it’s vegan, Indian, Italian or just a fine dining restaurant with a menu to die for, the options are endless. Let’s not forget that a trip to Glasgow wouldn’t be complete without trying some local Scottish culinary delights - there’s more than deep fried Mars Bars you know!
Recently voted the UK’s most vegan-friendly city, Glasgow sure knows how to do this genre of food well. Our top picks across the city include Mono that not only serves up a hearty menu of buffalo cauliflower pizza and mac n cheese but is also a hotspot for gigs and exhibitions. Next up, Ranjit’s Kitchen displays a menu of aromatic vegetarian Indian food including daals, pakoras and samosas to eat in or take away. For the sweeter toothed visitor, The Project Cafe does their thing for a good cause using organic and locally sourced ingredients. Their homemade soups and cakes are to die for.
Are you a foodie with a penchant for award-winning food? Or do you just want to treat you and the family to a lovely meal that’s guaranteed five star? Either way, Glasgow has a string of accolade winning restaurants across the city. Take the Sauchiehall Street resident Ox & Finch, recently awarded the Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide to Britain and Ireland 2015. Headed up by former head chef to the Formula One team, the tapas style treats include tartare of roe deer and braised ox cheek. Fish and seafood lovers should book a table at The Fish People Cafe for award winning Shetland cod while Italian restaurant La Lanterna has been awarded many a medal for its tasty cuisine.
A truly special place nestled on the cobbled streets of Ashton Lane, this restaurant champions contemporary Scottish fayre at great value. Culinary delights include olive oil poached salmon, venison haggis with champit haggis and The Chip’s famous caledonian oatmeal ice cream. It’s hard not to want everything on the menu. With this stunning fine dining style menu available in the restaurant downstairs, upstairs is a whole other world complete with mezzanine and hidden away roof terrace. And let’s not forget the drinking spots in the building including The Big Pub, Corner Bar and Wee Pub, also officially the smallest pub in Scotland! Full of charm and extraordinary locally sourced food, this is an absolute must visit.
Taking inspiration from every corner of Mexico, Topolabamba puts all those DIY taco kits to shame. Whether you’re after street-style tostadas and taquitos or a busting at the seams burrito, there’ll be something to light the fire in your belly. Menu must-haves include the Classic Queso Fundido - a cheese fondue with chorizo, roasted red peppers and a side of tortilla chips and the Seafood Stuffed Chimichanga. Giving that extra dose of star quality is the colourful and quirky restaurant decor allowing you to eat amongst skulls, Mexican figurines and tequila crates. And remember, no Mexican meal is complete without a slurp of mescal so take your pick from the extensive drinks menu.
It's hard to pick an Indian restaurant in Glasgow as there are a fair few, but take it from us, award-winning Mother India is the one to beat. Long standing in the Indian restaurant game, it’s well-known for it’s incredible service, elegant surroundings and of course, its delicious menu. Top picks from us include the king prawn and monkfish with ginger and dill curry as well as the garlic chilli chicken that you can adjust to suit your spice levels. So, get yourself down to Argyle Street for the mother of all curries.