Eating out in Glasgow
In recent times, Glasgow has become one of the foodie capitals of Europe, thanks in part to an eclectic selection of fine restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world. One person's concept of a truly great restaurant will differ from someone else's, of course, but the general consensus of opinion is that Scotland's largest and busiest city is a haven for food lovers from near and far.
A stunning choice of high quality restaurants can be found in the heart of the city, so even if you live in the outer suburbs you will never be too far away from an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you're looking for a traditional Scottish classic or something from the other side of the world, you will find it right here in the centre of Glasgow.
Anyone who's been living in Glasgow for a number of years will surely know all about the highly rated Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery, a Glaswegian institution that's as loved by the locals as it is by the tourists. Located in Argyle Street just a stone's throw from Anderston station, it has become something of a must-visit for anyone who's looking for a meal that ticks all the right boxes.
Currying favour with lovers of Indian cuisine
This is a city that is in love with curry, and as a result of this love affair you'll find a huge number of top quality Indian restaurants throughout the metropolis. It seems almost unfair to select just one of them, but India Quay in Finnieston Street is a particular favourite with the locals. The appropriately named Obsession of India in Glasgow High Street is also a popular choice.
The city has been home to a sizable Italian community for many decades, and this link is especially evident in the restaurants to be found here. Glasgow is home to some truly sensational Italian eateries, including the celebrated La Lanterna in Hope Street. Qua in Ingram Street is especially known for its Roman and Tuscan cuisine, and is always worth a visit.
Needless to say, many of Glasgow's finest meals can be enjoyed in traditional pubs and bars, including the much-loved Pot Still. Located in Hope Street, it's perhaps as famous for its selection of whiskies as it is for food. On the same road just a few yards to the north, you'll find La Boca, a popular restaurant that offers the finest in authentic Spanish cuisine.
There are several more Spanish eateries to be savoured in Glasgow. They include Café Andaluz in Vincent Place, just south of Glasgow Queen Street station. If you like a selection of tapas when dinner-time comes around, be sure to investigate establishments such as Cubatas in Elderslie Street, Torres Tapas Restaurant in Sauchiehall Street and Barca Tapas in Princes Square.
A taste of Scotland that you'll never forget
You surely can't spend time in Glasgow without investigating some of the local Scottish restaurants. The good news is that there are so many to choose from, including the excellent Cail Bruich in Great Western Road, close to the city's Botanic Gardens. If you're living in Maryhill, you won't be far away from this rightly heralded eatery.
Wee Lochan in Crow Road offers traditional Scottish cuisine with a modern twist in a sophisticated but pleasingly informal setting. If you're planning on a foodie tour of Glasgow, be sure to check in at The Sisters in Kelvingrove, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Another must-try is surely The Gannet, where you can savour fine contemporary dining amid a soothing and relaxing atmosphere.
While the largest concentration of top quality restaurants in Glasgow is to be found in the city centre, there are many partially hidden gems to be found in the suburbs. They include the popular Ian Brown Restaurant in Giffnock, where the emphasis is on the modern and the stylish. Others worth a mention include Auld Raes Scottish Bistro in East Kilbride, Celino's Trattoria in Alexandra Parade and the rather trendy Cyan in Milngavie.
Eating out is always a pleasure in Glasgow, and for newcomers every trip to a newly discovered restaurant is a journey of discovery. This exciting city is a utopia for food-lovers, so if you want to find out more about everyday life here be sure to speak to the experts from Citylets.