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Glasgow restaurants and cafes

Glasgow has a diverse restaurant scene and here are some of the best places to eat. The city is home to some of the best Asian restaurants in the UK so head down Sauchiehall Street, and savour the spices wafting from every second restaurant: Indian Gallery, Kama Sutra and Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food – this is definitely the curry mile! The lively, modern Akbar’s, to be found on the far west part of Sauchiehall Street, serves South Indian dishes and is a particular favourite amongst Glaswegians. Not far away you’ll also come across the dinky Wee Curry Shop in Buccleuch Street, the Koh-i-Noor and Punjabi, both at Charing Cross, or the fantastic fresh Mother India in Westminster Terrace. One of the original Merchant City restaurants is Café Gandolfi. Decked in dark, sinuous wood, Gandolfi offers no-nonsense food like Cullen Skink and tangy Scottish cheeses. A sister restaurant, Gandolfi Fish, has opened nearby, with an emphasis on all things scaly! For a real swell night out, where better to savour the high life than by going back in time to the Art Deco glamour of one of the city’s oldest restaurants, seafood specialist Rogano? Established for over 70 years, this special occasion destination provides impeccable service and outstanding food.

The Dhabba

44 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1LD

The Dhabba offers authentic North Indian cuisine in its truest form. This is cuisine that has been refined over hundreds of years using only traditional recipes, tried and tested methods and fresh, natural ingredients. Located in Candleriggs, on the corner of Candleriggs and Bell Street, The Dhabba is surrounded by an unrivalled, eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, art galleries and heritage attractions. Visit website


28 Gibson St, Glasgow G12 8NX

The menu begins in Scotland where Stravaigin’s famous award-winning haggis, fish suppers and best Scotch beef burgers nestle nicely beside Islay scallops, Inverurie lamb, Perthshire pigeon or Carsphairn venison. A wee culinary hop, skip and a jump takes the menu to more exotic climes-spice route curries, Thai style mussels and Asian noodle stir fries all vie for your taste buds attention. Visit website

The Mussel Inn

157 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2UQ

The Mussel Inn is one of Glasgow’s première restaurants. Supremely fresh dishes with top quality ingredients, most from Scottish waters, expertly and imaginatively prepared by chefs and quickly served by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Centrally located on Hope Street, Mussel Inn offers a relaxed, family and kids friendly atmosphere, with fair and very affordable prices. No need to put a tie on! Despite the name, the Mussel Inn restaurant offers a much wider variety of food than just Scottish West Coast mussels served with a unique and delicious range of sauces. Their seafood dishes also include creamy seafood chowder, grilled king scallops and queen scallops, Scottish oysters, and the amazing seafood platter (mini seafood platter also available). The Mussel Inn also serves fresh salads, soups, vegetarian dishes, pasta and delicious sweets make sure that everybody has a choice. Visit website

Hanoi Bike Shop

8 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow G12 9BG

The Hanoi Bike Shop does things simply. Every plate is made from scratch and sourced as locally as possible. From the freshly made dressings and sauces to the hand-pressed organic tofu made in-house every morning. Nestled away in the heart of the West End, the restaurant brings the spirit of Vietnam to Glasgow. The vibrant, healthy menu has been designed for you to share throughout the day, from lunch time until late, seven days week. Visit website

Cast Iron Grill

500 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8RR

Cast Iron Grill is all about fresh, seasonal ingredients, traditional flavour combinations and time-honoured cooking methods. In other words, the kind of food people love to eat. On the menu you’ll find old-school classics (the Cast Iron burger is a must-try), some favourites from around the world like the Odeiga-spiced chicken hoagie, and the chef’s interesting new creations, made with ingredients that were meant to be together; welcome to charred cauliflower tabbouleh. There’s light bites as well as hearty meals. And don’t forget Cast Iron’s tender, big-flavoured steaks – made from 28-day aged cuts of premium British beef. All that before you even get to dessert – the restaurant’s very own toffee and ginger skillet pudding is a flavour sensation. Visit website

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