Since being named 2001's European Capital of Culture, Glasgow has transformed itself into a vibrant tourist town with a huge range of restaurants. Visitors are spoilt for choice for restaurants Glasgow with local Scottish menus, fish and vegetarian cafés, or quirky eateries serving up different flavours in unusual venues. Diners can eat their way through international menus in Glasgow restaurants, including tastes from Asia, Italy and China. With good restaurants in Glasgow spread across the city and all budgets catered for, there has never been a better time to dine out in the city. The Ubiquitous Chip has established itself as a Scottish icon. Despite its tropical decor of jungle plants and a lake, its menu is firmly grounded in hearty Scottish cuisine, using only Scottish produce. Something a little simpler in decor, but still serving up quality local dishes, such as Perthshire venison casserole, or cullen skink, is Fanny Trollopes. Fanny Trollopes is a popular neighbourhood bistro with a seasonally changing menu.
Something a little quirkier
The Hanoi Bike Shop is certainly quirky, with old bicycle tyres and coloured lanterns decorating the walls and ceiling of this unique Vietnamese restaurant. Diners order multiple dishes to share, which arrive from the kitchen as they're ready. A house speciality is its Vietnamese coffee, with strong coffee being dripped slowly into a glass of condensed milk. Also with a quirky flavour is Cottiers, a theatre restaurant set in a former church with a shimmering gold ceiling, hand-made gilt mirrors and reclaimed church furniture. Modern Scottish cuisine is served, with tasty dishes like Islay scallops with a black pudding roulade, served with apple cider purée. Wherever your hunger leads you, youll find something to satisfy it in this wholly original city, whether youre a resident or a visitor there is always something different to try in Glasgow.
A taste of Asia in Britain's curry capital
Glasgow has often been dubbed the British home of curry, winning the coveted Curry Capital of Britain award two years running. There are numerous Indian restaurants across the city, including Mother India. First opened in 1990, Mother India has played an important part in Glasgow's award, with its chefs often going head to head in competitions. Here local fish is cooked in Indian dishes, using chilli, ginger and fresh dill. Offering a range that suites all palettes, from delicate, lightly spiced dishes, to flaming hot curries bursting with flavour, you are in for an unforgettable curry experience here.
Something for special occasions
Number Sixteen in the heart of the city is a welcoming neighbourhood favourite, serving something a little special on its ever-changing menu, skilfully blending local produce, Scottish regional dishes and international flavours. Highly recommended is the sea bream, pan-fried with cucumber and fennel, or the braised leg of Gressingham duck served with the rich tastes of an orange and sherry broth. Deluxe homemade desserts include panna cotta, infused with lavender and rich dark chocolate and raspberry tart.