Eating and Drinking News: Glasgow West End Restaurants, Cafes and Bars, February, 2014

The Ubiquitous Chip – Conde Naste’s Gold Standard

the chipLocals know and love The Chip but great to see more global appreciation with the Ubiquitous Chip included in the awards for:
Conde Naste’s Gold Standard Restaurants 2014

This is what they have to say:
“Founded in 1971 ‘to assert that Scotland had a cuisine’, this resolutely independent-thinking restaurant sits in a cobbled mews in Glasgow’s student-swamped West End. It’s surprisingly verdant, with tables spread around a flower-filled courtyard and an upper level for less expensive, brasserie-style food. The menu champions Scottish produce – Galloway venison, scallops from Islay – but that’s only the means to a sublime ending: richly satisfying dishes that are so thought-through it’s agony to make a choice. Classics such as tuna tartare, monkfish and haggis come with an intriguing supporting cast, such as, respectively, Bloody Mary tomatoes, peanut milk and turnip cream. Exciting wine pairings make this a favourite for young couples and graduation-day celebrations, but with the premises also housing a pub, cocktail bar and roof terrace, The Chip is equally welcoming if you’re only after a wee drinkie. Oh, and maybe some of that Arbroath-smokie pâté with oatcakes.”

The Chip has some brilliant vegetarian dishes including: Root vegetable and pine nut stuffed courgettes, wild rice pilau, roast pepper salsa.

12 Ashton Lane, G12


It’s hard to keep up with all that’s happening in Kelvinbridge and if you fancy a delightful day grocery shopping or just hanging out then you couldn’t head to a better place:


Just opened this week. IA deli with a difference offering ‘remarable food for your freezer’.  A selection of home-cooked frozen meals – “made like you would at home”.  Whether you fancy a tasty steak pie or something more exotic there is a fantastic range to choose from including mains, puddings and additive free meals and food for parties.  

If you go to their website and print out the token you’ll get 15% off until 3rd March.

COOK Glasgow
498 Great Western Road
G12 8EW

Epicerie Beaumartin

Deli/Speciality Grocery Store, 518 Great Western Road.

Now opened and offering allsorts of delicacies such as  quiche Lorraine and apple tartelettes, beef bourguignon and French onion soup. They also have lovely crispy bread and will definitely be in competition with Cottonrake.


organic spelt loafCottonrake Bakers

497 Great Western Road, G12 8

Buy your cakes and pastries or sit in and have a tasty Miller’s baguette filled with Mull cheddar, homemade Cottonrake apple chutney and little gem lettuce. Their white chocolate tarts with fresh berries ad pistachios. also look amazing.
I settled for a sourdough loaf – a loaf can last a week in our house but no chance of that with this one.



There’s no shortage of interesting and alluring cafes around Kelvinbridge with Enjoy, 393-395 Great Western Road, now open late and expanded into a fabulous restaurant. Enjoy certainly impressing the very critical Joanna Blythman when she went along for dinner.  In her review in The Herald, she had lots of very nice things to say: noting the ‘conscientiousness of the cooking’ with food that ‘shows care and effort.’

She also gave Enjoy a shout out for breakfasts, brunch and for the vegetarians:

“Breakfast/brunch options at Enjoy are hugely tempting. Why bother with eggs Benedict, Florentine et al when you can eat a proper shakshuka, the venerable Levantine dish of eggs in reduced tomato and vegetables?

Or there is the Mediterranean breakfast of grilled Halloumi, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, tzatziki,and butter bean hummus, served with home baked cornbread. Mind you, I also fancy the home-made cannellini beans, served on decent toast with chorizo. Although the charcoal grill is a recurring theme, Enjoy is a brilliant place to be a vegetarian, when there are options like Puy lentil and quinoa pilaf with roast vegetable sauce and pine nuts. Whatever your taste, you will be spoilt for choice here.” Enjoy Joanna Blythman

Curlers Rest Byres Road
Pancake Tuesday 4th March!

Buy a meal or a sandwich you’ll also get a freshly made pancake with sugar & lemon!

Our chefs will be basically cooking pancakes from 10am! If you eat with us on Tues 4th we’ll give you a FREE pancake with sugar & lemon! Last year we got through about 68 pancakes! Bring it on!


Tinto Tapas bar

39-41 Hyndland Street, G11 5QF

Tinto’s tapas have made quite an impression on the South Side and now opened is a sister restaurant in Hyndland Street, Partick.  Two courses for £8.50
Must check it out. It meets the approval of both Barry Shelby and Joanna Blythman
“If your tired of ‘global tapas’, Tinto will restore your faith in this spanish culinary tradition” – Joanna Blythman, Sunday Herald.

IFRio’s Cafe, Partick

Happy 8th Birthday to the Rio in Hyndland Street –  one of the Westends’ best cafes. Celebrate with them on the 15th March.


The Finnieston Bar/Restaurant

1125 Argyle Street.

If you’ve still to try The Finnieston, make it a priority. You’ll love it. Especially if you’re a seafood fan.

Best of the West – Tasting Menu Review

Burns Brunch at Stravaigin

Fabulous food, great ambience and entertainment

Read the review

Watch out for some ideas about where to treat your Mother on Mother’s Day.

Piaf Le Bistro Beaumartin 26 Apr 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Rio Cafe Partick, 8th birthday party, Saturday 15th March, 2014

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