New Glasgow restaurants to chew over

New Glasgow restaurants to chew over

Glasgow’s dining sector was hit hard by the pandemic with many ventures falling victim to the lockdown. However, the sector is always a happy hunting ground for optimists and plenty of new Glasgow restaurants have announced plans to launch in the last few months.

As our food-themed walking tours get back underway, we thought we would run through a few of the new Glasgow restaurants to have opened.

Steaks are high at new Glasgow restaurant

One of the most recent businesses to launch is Bar + Block (main pic above) on Glasgow’s St Enoch Square. They opened last weekend with the bold claim that steak is not so much an ingredient as a religion. That is certainly setting the bar high. But we do take their secondary point that a good steak can be the answer to questions such as where to go for a date night, family night or catch-up-with-friends.

As well as breakfast from 6.30am (!!!?), Bar + Block promises steaks, burgers and grazing plates, alongside cocktails and craft brews.

As an added incentive to give it a whirl, they are currently offering a 25% discount voucher on food. It’s valid for six months from 11 June. Potential diners and savers need to sign up to get the voucher.

Crossing the Clyde and heading down into the Southside, Rob Gladden has more modest ambitions for his No 9 cafe and deli.

‘No nonsense’ grub is the name of the game with soups, sarnies, salads and baking all made on the premises. Their super gooey brownies and chunky scones caught our eyes.

Stars in their eyes?

New Glasgow restaurants: Unlaome uses fresh produce from many of Scotland’s best suppliers. Pic from Unalome Facebook.

In the West End, the former Sisters restaurant has become Unalome by Graeme Cheevers. Chef Cheevers has a starry CV. His previous career includes stints with Geoffrey Smeddle at fine dining restaurant Étain; Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond (also about to re-open) and the luxury Isle of Eriska Hotel. He was awarded a Michelin star at the last of these as well as maintaining the star at Cameron House in Loch Lomond.

The current sample tasting menu includes courses such as  grilled fillet of North Sea turbot served with a mushroom broth bone marrow and Oscietra caviar. Or the roasted Goosnargh duck with Medjool dates, beetroot, endive and kampot pepper sauce.

To which we say, ‘Yes, yes and yes again’.

Take shelter under Duke’s Umbrella

Duke’s Umbrella operates a nose-to-tail ethos in the kitchen.

Heading back into town, the former Traders Bar on Argyle Street is now The Duke’s Umbrella.

It is run by the same people who are behind Glaschu on Royal Exchange Square. If Glaschu offers modern Scottish cooking then The Duke’s Umbrella is more of a gastro pub.

Assuming that phrase is still relevant.

Some people think that the idea of the gastro pub has been devalued as everyone and their dog have jumped on the band wagon. It’s a fair point. However, if a venue serves thoughtful, carefully prepared and appealing food in an informal pub setting, then the gastro pub label still seems valid to me.

Anyway, Duke’s Umbrella bills itself as a public house offering brunch, lunch and dinner all washed down with cocktails, wine and fine ales.

The dining menu flits between a straight forward-sounding bangers and mash or fish ‘n’ chips to more complex dishes like the charcoal spiced cod with a coconut and curry leaf velouté, black mustard seed and saffron potato. The kitchen operates a nose-to-tail ethos which we heartily approve of.

We wish all these new ventures plenty of luck as they navigate the still choppy waters of Glasgow’s re-emerging restaurant scene.

What our little selection underlines is the huge diversity of restaurants in Glasgow. This is a point which also comes through clearly on our food tours of the city.

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