Inspector Morsel: Top 10 Newest Glasgow Restaurants
Knives, forks, spoon, ladles, and whatever other kitchen cutlery you have at the ready; with another month, comes another horde of eateries flinging open their doors to feed the ever-hungry mouths of the Glasgow masses. Here’s our top picks of the best brand new restaurant in the city.
La Lanterna West, 447 Great Western Road
After a whopping 47 years of serving up award-winning food in Hope Street, Scotland’s official best Italian restaurant (Italian Awards 2016) has finally opened its second venture, ideally placed next to Kelvingrove’s Subway station. Serving up authentic dishes, modern classics and a healthy dose of quirky twists, every plate is handmade, each ingredient locally-sourced and every plate ridiculously fresh. Co-owners Chris Martinolli (General Manager) and Luca Conreno (Head Chef) are proud as punch to bring their flavours west. Mr Conreno is already a bit of a Glasgow celebrity himself – featuring regularly on STV to bring his culinary genius to Live at Five. Already boasting a fully-booked restaurant almost every evening, it looks as though La Lanterna West End is set to follow the same legacy as its City Centre counterpart.
Paesano West, 471 Great Western Road
Perfectly complementing its close neighbour, La Lanterna West End (which doesn’t serve pizza), the famed Paesano offers up a menu almost purely consisting of pizza pies. Officially voted Glasgow’s best pizza, if you’ve not already one of the thousands of fans, you’ve more than likely heard hordes Glaswegians say things like “Slices of heaven served onto each and every plate”, “So good it seriously makes me reconsider just eating pizza for the rest of my life” and also, ‘It makes me so happy I cry every time”. Yes, all three of those quotes were from me. Having opened its West End venture after a couple of years of humungous City Centre success, the winning formula of perfect pizza at perfect prices is replicated, where your meal arrives so swiftly, it sometimes greets before you even order it. An ever-buzzing atmosphere with queues out the door witnessed at any time, regardless of whether it’s a dreary Monday after noon or a Saturday night primetime. Get. In. About. It.
Celino’s Partick, 235 Dumbarton Road
Rounding off a trio of new West End wonders, another Italian eatery has followed in the footsteps of La Lanterna and Paesano by putting into action a similar formula and opening their second restaurant in the west. Already boasting an award-winning restaurant in Dennistoun’s Alexandra Parade, the much-awaited second offering has finally opened. Unlike Paesano and La Lanterna, Celino’s does not exclude any particular Italian fare, so dive into whatever takes your fancy, whether that’s pizza, pasta, risottos, fish or meats. Bravo.
Willow Grove Coffee, 532 Sauchiehall Street
Having been open for just a few short months, Willow Grove Coffee has already made its mark at Charing Cross as cosy hideaway, complete with a selection of nooks and crannies within which you can cosy up to for a few hours. Squashy chairs, comfy cushions and plenty of fairy lights give the perfect temptation to make that ‘on-the-go’ coffee a ‘sit in and savour’ one. Lunch time snacklings are freshly-made and you’ll be humming and hawing over which cake to treat yourself to. Oh, and there’s a big purple armchair, with your name on it….
Fylkir of Copenhagen, 134 Newlands Road
The Southside’s newest offering is bringing the wonders of Danish dining to Shawlands. The teeny cafe squeezes in a few tables for the lucky few that manage to bag them. Fear not if you aren’t one of the destined; takeaway is this abode’s biggest trade, so Southsiders no longer have any excuse to face lunchtime woes. With two menus on offer (breakfast and lunch) expect both the expected and the unexpected, from standard filled rolls to Danish delicacies like rye toast, hønsesalat (Danish chicken salad), avocadomad (avocado, Danish blue cheese and seeds) and a Danish gourmet hot dog for all those dawg lovers out there. A refreshing addition to the wealth of new Glasgow openings – one that should certainly be top of your next visit list.
Kaf Coffee, 5 Hyndland Street
Another Partick newbie and yet one more pad to join Glasgow’s thriving coffee scene (every time we blink there’s another caffeine cave for us to try), Kaf’s baristas lovingly prepare galleons of glorious caffeine alongside a food baby-inducing volume of cakes and plates. A haven equally for freelance hacks looking to eat and type all day long, as well as weekend brunchers wanting to fill their boots with the finest west end eats.
The Citizen, 24 St Vincent Place
Most recently the much-loved The Trading House, this spot has undergone another transformation, this time into The Citizen. The bar and restaurant is housed in the beautifully restored A1 listed building and embeds Glasgow’s history into its premises, taking its name from the old daily newspaper, the Evening Citizen. The reopening heralds many nods to this past, featuring old stories, newspaper pages and photos on the walls. Its dining area, huge bar as well as a private dining space serves classic dishes across brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as an array of drinks spanning whisky, cocktails, wine and beer. The team behind the eatery has described the venue as “celebrating the past, present and future of Glasgow”.
Mujigae, 84 Miller Street
Joining the likes of runaway successes Paesano, The Spiratulist and The Spanish Butcher on the hottest street of the moment, the latest neighbour is offering up the finest in South Korean and Japanese cuisines including a drumroll… express sushi bar (lots of shocked emoji faces). We don’t really think you need another reason to check it out.
Julie’s Kopitiam, 1109 Pollockshaws Road
All hail the Southside and its ever-expanding smorgasbord of eats. You may already by familiar with Julie Lin MacLeod’s Malaysian food thanks to her pop ups all over the city, and now, due to popular demand, a permanent home is now in the process of being set-up for the much-loved kitchen. After months of setbacks, the site is now set to open its doors very soon, much to the delight of Julie and Southsiders alike. Stay tuned on the Facebook page to be sure you don’t miss the all-important opening news.
The Boyd Roderick, 1534 Pollockshaws Road
Formerly The Burrell, Pollockshaws Road’s new establishment is welcoming patrons after a £280,000 investment. The restaurant is offering up freshly-prepared Scottish grub using locally-sourced ingredients which makes the most of Scotland’s sumptuous coastline (think fresh shellfish, mussels, scallops and prawns). Quality beers and wines make the drinks list a worthy contender on its own. Combining the provenance and bounty of Skye (where Boyd settled) with Glasgow’s indomitable spirit, the dining room and bar really possesses some of the finest ingredients from around Scotland and a collation of great drinks worthy of Boyd himself.