Best budget dining in Glasgow West End – which to choose? Fear not Amy Glasgow chooses her top 5 spots which won’t break the bank.
By Amy Glasgow
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. Today we’re talking cost of living. We’re all struggling to some extent with money, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to treat ourselves every once in a while, right? So here are my top eateries for enjoying a meal out while sticking to a budget.
You simply cannot go wrong with pizza, can you? I certainly don’t think so, and Paesano is somewhat of a Glasgow institution, offering quick, friendly, reliable service alongside delicious and budget friendly pizzas. With prices starting from just £6.50, you can grab a top quality pizza for less than a tenner. Plus, they have regularly changing specials that offer unique options for meat eaters, veggies and vegans alike.
How does a five course tasting menu for £25 sound? Pretty good, right?! Well, that’s what you can expect if you’re willing to dine out on a Monday night and head to Eighty Eight on Dumbarton Road. Every Monday, they put on a sharing tasting menu for just £25 per person, filled with dishes based on seasonality and the best quality produce available. It consists of nine sharing plates served over five courses, and it feels like a real treat for a Monday evening. An ideal way to start the week!
If you’re a fan of Mexican food, head down to Bibi’s for their early bird menu, which is just £15.50 for two courses, or throw in a third course for a further £2.95! The menu consists of delicious dishes like jalapeno chicken quesadillas, spicy tomato and tortilla soup, sizzling fajitas, cajun baja fish tacos and much more. It’s a great varied menu that is available 12-6.45pm Fridays and Saturdays, and all day Sunday. Oh and I also highly recommend you order one of their frozen margaritas too – ask the staff for the fruit flavour options, they are all delicious!
FF WEST END
Bet you didn’t think you could get a decent quality steak in Glasgow’s West End for £12, did you? Well at FF you can! Their signature flat iron steak served with a rocket salad is just £12 and despite being a cheaper cut, brings a boatload of flavour. Obviously you’ll need to order a couple of sides to bulk out the meal, but even these are reasonably priced, with a portion of beef dripping chips coming in at just £3. There are other more extravagant sides, like their blooming onion, which is a wonder to behold, but even that comes in at just £7, so you can build your own ideal steak dinner for around £20.
THE PRANCING STAG
Fine dining doesn’t always have to mean a hefty price tag, so if you’re looking for something a bit special, I recommend checking out The Prancing Stag in Jordanhill and sampling their Market Menu. Available Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12-6pm and all day on Sunday, it offers diners the option of two courses for £22 or three for £27. Despite the price tag, the food on offer is unique and still feels special, like their black pudding beignets with sauteed savoy cabbage, cider onion puree and pickled kohlrabi.