Five of the Best…New Foodie Venues

By Amy Glasgow @theglasgowdiet
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Santa Lucia Deli

Looking for best new food venues in Glasgow? Read on…

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. This time, it’s all about discovering the new. I’ve rounded up five new food and drink spots across the West End that I’ve got my eye on for 2023…


It was a real shame when Santa Lucia shut up their Byres Road restaurant in favour of their stunning location in Merchant City, so it was a great relief to see the team open up a new deli at the end of 2022 back in the West End. Also located on Byres Road, Santa Lucia Deli runs alongside their Merchant City restaurant, bringing top quality Italian ingredients and produce to the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

If you’re on the hunt for quality cold meats, cheese and more for a little antipasti board, Santa Lucia Deli is a great spot to visit, plus there’s a host of Italian store cupboard items you can stock up on, from pasta to sweet treats and coffee.


Named after the famous tree-climbing goats of Morocco, this restaurant aims to bring authentic Moroccan cuisine to the West End, located on Park Road. Think traditional clay pot tagines, rich, flavourful dips and much more.

Some of the Chef’s Specials from the menu include saffron braised roasted chicken, served on a bed of spicy turmeric rice, or choose the salmon chermoula – a baked fillet of salmon in a Moroccan marinade, served with a selected of vegetables cooked in a garlic and ginger butter. Sounds delicious!


Located in the heart of Thornwood, BRU is an all-day cafe and bar serving brunch, tapas, gourmet pizzas, beer and cocktails. Their food menu focuses on using local suppliers as much as possible to help lower their carbon footprint, with brunch served from 9am to 4pm and dinner from 4pm till 9pm.


The brunch menu includes your classic big breakfasts, along with veggie and vegan alternatives, plus some more unique options such as the boerewors stack; a beef sausage with chakalaka (a spicy tomato sauce) and a Corrie Mains fried egg on sourdough.

On the other hand, the dinner menu includes a selection of pizzas, alongside small plates such as sticky pork belly, halloumi, and shetland mussels.

My eyes though immediately wandered to their dessert menu, where you’ll find a nutella and mascarpone calzone. That definitely has my name on it!


We all love a classic Scottish pub, which is exactly what The Scallion provides, giving a fresh new look and menu to the old Munro’s on Great Western Road. With live music, live sports, a varied food and drinks menu and a dog friendly policy, this could end up your new go-to pub.

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The Scallion

The food menu features a mixture of snacks, small plates and big plates, alongside burgers and hot dogs. They also offer a Sunday roast, with vegan roast options available, and they’ll even serve up your doggy companion a plate of ‘dog stovies’ to keep them happy while you get stuck in to your lunch.


Taking over Bauhaus next to Kelvinhall subway and opening just at the tail end of 2022, West Side Tavern is the latest venture from the team behind the Locale at Charing Cross. This new watering hole and eatery has been busy ever since it opened its doors, offering cocktails on tap, a live DJ, and a small food menu.

The plan for the space is to continue to expand the food menu as time goes by, with the current menu focusing on a few 14 inch sharing pizzas and small plates. I visited a couple of weeks ago and will be sharing my full review in the next issue of the magazine, so stay tuned to find out what I thought…

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Amy Glasgow @theglasgowdiet

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