Nicely, it’s been fairly the yr once more, hasn’t it Glasgow?
Should you work or take an curiosity within the metropolis’s hospitality scene then you definitely’ll know all too properly the perils and pitfalls of 2021, looped on repeat – and we will solely hope that issues are going to get higher quickly.
On the finish of yearly, we at Glasgow Dwell check out the movers and shakers of the final 12 months; the locations you possibly can’t cease telling your pals about – or dropping hints about, for those who haven’t had an opportunity to go to.
And whereas we recognise that so many extra of Glasgow’s sensible food and drink spots deserve a point out in these powerful instances, these are simply among the locations we’d prefer to shout about and put in your radar for 2022.
Whether or not it’s a spot to be seen, a Michelin star winner, a tiny takeaway maintaining our Saturday nights attention-grabbing throughout lockdowns or a beginner creating buzz already, listed here are our ones to observe for this yr.
And we all know you’ll have an opinion on all of them – so if there’s someplace you assume we’ve missed then shout about out over on Facebook and Twitter, and let’s maintain bigging up companies once they want it most!
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Having landed Glasgow’s first Michelin Star for 18 years, Cail Bruich’s inclusion on this checklist will come as no shock. In January Lorna McNee turned the primary feminine chef to be awarded a Michelin Star within the metropolis, having persistently served up unimaginable dishes, with only a few domestically sourced components, on Nice Western Street. Commenting on the award, Lorna stated: “We hope that this recognition of excellence will put Glasgow firmly on the culinary map, the place it undoubtedly ought to be.”
It could have solely opened only recently however tongues are already wagging about Ga Ga. Julie Lin McLeod and the household behind the much-loved Thornwood bar have joined forces to deliver the most effective of south east Asian road meals and cocktails with a distinction to the west finish. The design and atmosphere of the place is fairly cool too. We just lately gave Ga Ga a rave review and from what we right here, we’re not the one ones.
It is nearly not excessive to say Glaswegians have been nonetheless mourning the closure of Ho Wong when two years later, the Chung household determined it was time to make a comeback. Inside a brief stroll of the unique and far cherished Chinese language metropolis centre restaurant, a model new Ho Wong has as of this month welcomed in acquainted faces. And it is the identical group as earlier than, bringing us the identical legendary dishes, however in a spectacular new setting on Waterloo Road which we recently got the chance to visit.
With sights on changing into the town’s second Michelin Star winner, Unalome, alongside Cail Bruich, was named as one among Glasgow’s should attempt eating places by Nationwide Geographic earlier this month. Headed up by famend Glaswegian chef Graeme Cheevers, heads have been turned by his often rotated menu which showcases trendy European dishes created utilizing domestically sourced produce. Unalome opened in the summertime and if you have not but had the prospect to attempt it, make certain the Kelvingrove Road restaurant is in your checklist for 2022.
It’s been a superb yr for Celentano’s, the Italian kitchen arrange within the historic Cathedral Home Resort. Grace Dent raved in regards to the place in The Guardian, and we’ve been telling anybody who will hear too. Glorious wine on faucet, little plates to nibble on collectively and among the greatest pasta dishes in Glasgow proper now – it’s dear, but it surely’s properly well worth the invoice. We’d recommend a stroll across the Necropolis after, if solely to stroll all of it off.
Ho’s Chinese language
We don’t learn about you, but it surely looks like everybody has been speaking about Ho’s Chinese language currently. We’ll admit it, we have been late to the celebration for this Knightswood gem – however boy, was it value it ultimately. From haggis spring rolls with curry sauce dip to salt and chilli jalepeno poppers, that is fusion meals at its most interesting and for those who’re fortunate sufficient to dwell within the supply catchment then it ought to see you thru a chilly, quiet begin to 2022. Should you’re additional away then would possibly we propose a highway journey north…
A bar which shot to prominence in Dundee is now making waves in our metropolis after opening this autumn. The eyecatching design and neon lights could be the very first thing to seize your consideration, however behind this Service provider Metropolis bar’s fashion is a wholesome serving of substance too. ‘Not Every thing Sucks’ at Abandon Ship – removed from it – from Americana ‘soul meals’ to daring, dynamic cocktails, this can be a vacation spot for one of many metropolis’s coolest nights out.
Regardless of opening some six months in the past, it looks like this ‘Glas-Gogh’ speakeasy – a tribute to the well-known artist – stays shrouded in thriller. In truth you would be forgiven for those who have been but to listen to about Absent Ear, a top-secret, reservation solely night time spot that is created a little bit of buzz across the metropolis’s arty crowd. We do not need to say an excessive amount of, however for those who’re nonetheless slightly uncertain of what to anticipate, they have been teasing a few of their stunning-looking cocktails on social media.
We like bowling. We benefit from the odd cocktail. And we love a view of Glasgow from up excessive. So enter Vega, Yotel’s new swinging rooftop bar and absolutely THE place to be seen in 2021. Influencers and well-known faces have been lining as much as the take the disco carry (sure, actually) to the highest ground overlooking Central Station and bowl in fashion. Should you haven’t been but then we’d suggest reserving when attainable as a result of these slots replenish quick.
One other bar from the group behind Abandon Ship, The Luchador is a latest and welcome addition to the south aspect’s thriving bar scene. ‘The Luchy’, as its colloquially identified, has been stocking Pollokshaws Street with tacos and tons of tequila-based cocktails, including Mexican spice and a splash of color the road. It is also dwelling to a different ‘secret’ speakeasy – simply ask for Mr Lincoln.
How do you get on the checklist with out even having a bar, cafe or restaurant? Evidently, you need to make pizzas nearly as good as Beirm and create that much-needed social media buzz. Cottonrake, the fashionable bakery on Nice Western Street, set Glasgow in a flutter with a number of pop ups this yr, whether or not they have been taking up The Locale or simply serving up from a gap within the wall down on the railway arches in Yorkhill. Go for the pizza, stick round for essentially the most indulgent garlic bread you’ve ever seen in your life (assume torched Comte custard on high), for those who’re fortunate sufficient to identify a pop up taking place and seize a slot earlier than they’re gone. Ones to observe in 2022, for positive.
Nico Simeone continues to overcome the world, Glasgow first, with his latest city offering – and, cynics take word, as a result of it’s excellent certainly. Even for those who don’t love the theatre and whimsy of Six by Nico, you possibly can’t argue with a spot that does steak of 1 variety and nothing however – and all for £30 for 2. That’s proper, the premise is that you simply order chateaubriand between two for £15 a head then add your sides and wine as wanted. And from our final go to, you’re going to wish all the sides – particularly the Mac and Cheese croquettes. Run, don’t stroll for the most effective – and greatest worth – meals for 2 in the intervening time.
And but an additional nod to 2021 being the yr of cocktails for Glasgow’s drink scene is Fly South. Oozing character and sophistication on this trendy setting above Woodlands favorite The Drake, the area options an eye catching ground to ceiling number of spirits, used to create fantastically concocted cocktails which might be quick producing a buzz within the metropolis’s west finish. Many are actually contemplating Fly South the go-to spot for a elaborate after-dinner cocktail or on particular events.
Simply throughout the highway is Sylvan, a bar that retains issues easy, however with spectacular outcomes. Specialising in pure wine and wonderful vegan and vegetarian meals, cross by this place on a Friday night time and also you’re more likely to discover it stowed out. There ought to be extra highlight on this tremendous relaxed, underrated spot and we have little doubt it’ll solely proceed to develop its following within the new yr.
Iasg – pronounced ee-usk – can already be heralded as one of many metropolis’s most engaging eating spots, regardless of having solely opened comparatively just lately. The new restaurant, positioned with within the lovely Blythswood Resort, talks up a sensational seafood providing – and so it ought to. The type of place you go for those who really feel you should deal with your self – or another person – Iasg additionally has a imply brunch sport, with lobster benedict, bloody marys and mimosas for those who’re feeling significantly boujie.
Service with a smile doesn’t fairly come near describing the welcome at Brawsome, a brand new spot for all issues bagel in Partick. Sizzling, chilly, purchased en masse and brought dwelling for a later date – we’ve tried all of them and may actually say this place is among the greatest issues to occur to the world in recent times. The Boski pretzel bagel packed filled with ham, bacon, sauerkraut and cheese sauce reigns supreme, however the vegan Bombay Boss shouldn’t be missed, particularly on a sunny day consuming al fresco.
One in all our colleagues remains to be speaking about that pork roll after selecting one up from the then newly opened Morning Glory. From the group behind 5 March, this Nice Western Street espresso and brunch cafe has proved an enormous hit. They make sandwiches, toasties, pies, salads and pastries and all of them are fairly rattling scrumptious. Be warned, go as soon as and it will not be lengthy till you are again.
The Duke’s Umbrella
Two phrases, meat lovers: bone marrow. Should you haven’t been to the comparatively new and really cosy pub grub restaurant on the, ahem, much less trendy finish of Argyle Road, then it’s time to broaden your horizons in 2022. The group behind Glaschu, one other of our favourites, launched this informal different in the summertime and it’s a masterclass in hearty meals completed proper – and with parts to depart you happy as properly. The bone marrow starter is a should, and their pies are a sight to behold too.
Epicures by Cail Bruich
Epicures fell into the clever palms of the Cail Bruich group in 2020, but it surely was in 2021 that the place got here into its personal, serving up – we’ll say it – the most effective brunch within the west finish. There, the reality is out. It’s the little luxurious touches that make this place a should for a hungover Sunday morning; the truffle honey glazing your rooster and waffles. The nduja hollandaise draped over eggs benedict. The twinkly lit seating areas, indoor and out, to assuage a weary soul after an extended week. Contemplate it a Christmas current to your self to ebook, quickly.
The second Nico restaurant on the checklist, Beat 6 is an idea you received’t discover anyplace else within the metropolis – and also you’ll be consuming properly whereas doing good, we promise you. All of the proceeds from the Dennistoun restaurant go to the Beatson most cancers charity, providing you with that fuzzy feeling if you settle the invoice. However above all, it’s value a go to for six programs of creative eats, and the wine pairings and trimmings for those who’re pushing the boat out. And why not, when your cash’s going to a much-needed place?
For years, we have been sick of listening to Edinburgh raving about Ting Thai with out having a venue of our personal. Fortunately, after a number of planning purposes and a few potential places, tremendous Thai road meals is being devoured within the metropolis centre. It is vibrant, it is thrilling, it is noisy and its definitely a ‘have you ever been there but’ type of place. And there could be one other one on the way in which quickly too – Ting Thai have plans to open up their second west coast restaurant on Byres Road.
But when in the case of Asian meals you are inclined to go Japanese then its value taking a visit to the west finish to go to Sushi Riot. This road meals cafe, the result of a long-held family dream, has discovered its means into the hearts of many who dwell within the Clarence Drive space on account of its fantastically contemporary sushi, comfortable, fluffy gyozas and most significantly service with a smile. And the identify is one you will not neglect in a rush both.
It’s not new by any stretch of the creativeness – actually, Kimchi Cult featured in Glasgow Dwell’s very first assessment, again in 2016 (an easier time). However this Partick takeaway has grow to be a lockdown hero for a lot of a westender and so can’t go with out a point out in 2021. God-tier takeaway wants? Look no additional than the crispiest fried rooster in Glasgow and the bulgogi fries…be nonetheless our barely clogged hearts. Don’t go altering, KC.
An oldie reinvented, Moskito got here swinging again onto Glasgow’s sizzling checklist in 2021 because of a makeover and a significant rebrand as a bar/restaurant that simply occurs to be open till 3am. Gone is the outdated pupil hang-out these of a sure age will keep in mind – now it’s frothy cocktails, good small plates and, it needs to be stated, a menu that far surpassed our expectations. Go for the ginger chilli crab or chilli salt caramel fried rooster, keep till the wee hours for outdated instances’ sake.
El Perro Negro
A tried and examined favorite right here in Glasgow and a takeaway mainstay for many people throughout lockdown, there’s at all times a purpose to shout about El Perro Negro. However in 2021, it’s a particular shout out – as a result of the blokes have received best burger in the UK for the second time operating – proving that Glasgow has one up on London. Okay, so that they opened an Edinburgh model too and that’s nice information, however frankly, so long as they maintain serving up that High Canine slathered in truffle mayo, they will creep onto our to-watch checklist yr after yr.