By Amy Glasgow /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. This month, it’s time we talk about some of the newest foodie spots to hit the West End. Here are my top picks…
If there is one thing the West End has been slightly lacking, it’s a good quality seafood restaurant, but Shucks is here to change that. Located on Hyndland Road, the new venture from the team behind Cail Bruich and Epicures by Cail Bruich brings quality, fresh seafood to the west end.
The menu boasts quality dishes using the best produce from Scottish waters, alongside carefully curated wine – and there’s even a champagne cart that makes its way around the restaurant.
They specialise in fish on the bone, which varies depending on what is available on the day. I’ll be visiting later this month so keep an eye on our full review in the next issue!
MURPHY’S PAKORA BAR
The famous Finnieston food spot is back two decades after it last closed its doors, serving up an incredible array of Indian street food and curries. The new space, located on Argyle Street, is stylish and sleek, with a real modern feel to it.
You’ll find more here than your standard veggie or chicken pakoras – although these do feature! On the menu are more pakora options than you can possibly eat, such as leek and celeriac, cauliflower, cumin and pomegranate, chorizo, or even haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky sauce!
There are plenty of veggie and vegan options too, alongside Indian twists on pub classics, like Indian fried chicken, Indian spiced fish and chips, tacos and more.
HINBA COFFEE ROASTERS
If quality coffee is your thing, you need to head down to Dumbarton Road and check out the recently opened Hinba Coffee Roasters. Originally from Oban, these Hebridean speciality coffee makers have expanded to a new location in Glasgow’s West End next to Eighty Eight.
Open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm, they offer a range of fresh coffees, small batch brews, teas and hot chocolates to sit in and takeaway, and it’s already getting rave reviews.
Once the coffee machines turn off for the day, the space converts into a cocktail bar for Eighty Eight next door, so you can swap your coffee for cocktails before grabbing some small plates for dinner next door.
We love our Greek food here in Glasgow, so it’s no surprise that the team behind Halloumi have taken one of their most popular menu items and created an entire restaurant around it!
Located on Byres Road, Gyros offers a range of Greek street food including, of course, their namesake. There are a huge variety of filling options, from classic pork or chicken, to more unusual choices like prawn saganaki, chickpea falafel or Aegean schnitzel.
If gyros aren’t your thing though, there are dips, halloumi fries, loaded fries, falafels and souvlaki, to name a few! There is a small amount of seating available, or it makes a perfect grab and go lunch spot.
GUID EGG BY FIVE MARCH
The Five March team have been a favourite among Westenders since they opened, and have even branched out to a coffee and sandwich shop called Morning Glory. Their newest venture is Guid Egg, serving up quality breakfast and brunch options as well as fresh coffees.
The menu features bircher muesli, bacon and egg rolls with chipotle mayo and caramelised onion jam, plus plenty of veggie and vegan options. If brunch or lunch is more your thing, there are pastas, focaccia sandwiches, sausage rolls and toasties all on offer. You’ll find them next to the original Five March across the Mews Lane!