by Amy Glasgow of theglasgowdiet
We’re extremely lucky in Glasgow that in the West End alone, there are so many incredible eateries to choose from. So much so that actually choosing where to dine can be quite overwhelming. Which ones are good? Which ones will let you down? I’m here to help! Each month, I’ll bring you my top five spots for a specific category or type of cuisine. Since the end of the month is Mother’s Day, I thought I’d give you some of my top spots to take your mum this year. From simple Italian cooking to all out fine dining, treat your mum to one of these spots this year…
I might begin to sound like a broken record, but Eusebi Deli truely has my heart, and if my mum were in Glasgow this Mother’s Day, this is where I would be taking her. From the moment you walk in the door at Eusebi’s, there is always a warm welcome, and the seasonally changing menus and specials mean there is always something new to try. Their pasta dishes are incredible, as you’d expect, but a lot of the time, the big hitters are among the snacks and small plates. My favourite snack of all time has to be their ravioli fritte – deep fried, crispy ravioli filled with a perfectly seasoned and flavoursome filling. A revelation, honestly!
This place feels comfortable, inviting and provides good, honest and traditional Italian cooking. What more could your mum want?
Alright, lets take things up a notch. If, for some bizarre reason, Italian just isn’t your bag and you fancy something a bit more upscale, look no further than The Gannet. Head Chef Peter McKenna and his team have created an incredible seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced tasting menu that is bound to impress your mum.
Their set menu comes in at around £60 per person for six courses, and will encourage you to try dishes, cuts of meat and vegetables you’d never have considered before. This is always a wonderful dining experience that is perfect for special occasions.
UNALOME BY GRAEME CHEEVERS
Head down the road a bit towards Charing Cross and you’ll find the restaurant responsible for bringing Glasgow it’s second Michelin Star – now, if that doesn’t say Mother’s Day, what does?!
This place is gaining rave reviews across the city and beyond, and it’s not hard to see why. The great thing about it as well is there are a variety of dining options to suit different budgets, so you can have a Michelin quality meal without the expensive price tag.
Their daily lunch menu comes in at around £35 per person for three courses, or you can go all out and go for their Tasting Menu, which comes in at £90 per person and includes six courses plus canapes and the most incredible petit fours you will ever have (the truffle fudge is a wonder).
PARTICK DUCK CLUB
If low key is more your mum’s thing though, don’t despair. How does an all day breakfast sound? I know what you’re thinking, not very ‘special occasion’ of you, is it? Well, you’d think that, but Partick Duck Club takes breakfast, brunch and dinner to a different level while also providing a super relaxed environment to catch up with your auld mammy.
Think avocado on sourdough with orkney crab, duck egg and creme fraiche, or 24 hour beef shin and duck egg benedict – not so basic now, is it? Although if I had to choose, I’d opt for their all day lunch and dinner menu that runs alongside the all day breakfast menu. There are some incredible dishes on there, but the standout for me is the Barra monkfish scampi, with pea and coconut chutney and curry lime butter. Pair that with a portion of their loaded duck fat fries and you are good to go.
Is your mum a seafood lover? Then there is no better West End spot to celebrate Mother’s Day than the legendary Crabshakk. Specialising in top quality Scottish seafood, this is the perfect spot to catch up with your mum over a crisp glass of white wine and a plate of freshly shucked oysters.
Their specials board is always filled with incredible dishes made with the freshest catch delivered straight to your door, but there are plenty of old favourites on their standard menu that always hit the spot.
The seared scallops in anchovy butter is a best seller for a reason, and I personally love their super delicate crab cakes – you won’t find better elsewhere. If you really want to go all out though, why not order their Fruits de Mer seafood platter?! What better way to show your mum you love her than a massive tower of Scottish seafood.
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