The American chain Smashburger will open their first Scottish and fifth UK restaurant on Sauchiehall Street in October.
Just don’t go thinking that they serve fast food. It seems that Smashburger is a ‘leading fast casual “better burger” restaurant’.
Apparently, Smashburger’s USP is the ‘smash’. This involves smashing the meatball patty onto a hot buttered grill.
We’re told that this sears in ‘all the juices and flavour’. Every day is a school day, huh?
Scotland’s first rooftop cider gardenMoving from Sauchiehall Street to Sauchiehall Lane, Magners Original Irish Cider has launched Scotland’s first ever cider rooftop garden at Malones.
It will feature heated and covered seating. Which will hopefully extend the rooftop’s garden’s season further than the two sunny days in May which traditionally comprise a Glasgow summer.
Actually, it all sounds rather swanky. Apparently, the bar combines the ‘relaxed vibe of a rustic backyard with essentials for a great night out’. These essentials include a BBQ station, picnic tables and bespoke VIP booths with built in ice-buckets.
At the heart of the bar is an apple tree centrepiece, draped in twinkling lights and with bottles of Magners dangling from its branches.
New restaurants in Glasgow: Nam Tuk Tram Stop
We also hear news of a new pan-Asian restaurant which is coming together on Partick Bridge Street.
Nam Tuk Tram Stop promises ‘fresh Asian dishes’ and cocktails. We’ll bring you more info as we get it.
Nam Tuk Tram Stop is not the only new development in that end of town.
Now, we are scribbling this blog a few days in advance so things will almost certainly have changed by the time it’s posted.
However, at the time of writing, The Square in the West End was gearing up for launch.
We’re not sure exactly where in the West End the restaurant will be because we can find no mention of their address on the website.
Presumably, everything will be made clearer around The Square’s launch date.
That said, the menus are very appealing. Starters on the dinner menu include Loch Fyne crab, chorizo sausage and watercress or cauliflower cheese croquettes with truffle vinaigrette.
From the main courses, we like the look of the oven-roasted lamb rump with smoked mushroom pearl barley risotto. Or indeed, the Black Atlantic cod fillet served with olive oil mash, green beans, shallot and chives.
New restaurants in Glasgow: Beirut Star
Last but by no means least, people have been coming into 5pm Towers and raving about a place called Beirut Star.
Just beside Cessnock subway station, on Paisley Road West, it is a family-run Lebanese restaurant.
It seems to have opened at the end of June and is picking up great reviews on its Facebook page and TripAdvisor.
A number of commentators have mentioned how delighted they are to have found Glasgow’s first Lebanese restaurant.
I have no idea how true that is but, either way, lots of people are very excited about Beirut Star opening.
Keep checking back on the 5pm Dining blog for new restaurants in Glasgow.