Gather by Zique is the latest new restaurant to welcome diners in Glasgow.
The Cafezique and Delizique on Hyndland Road have always offered interesting dining options.
From today, the Delizique part of the biz will operate as Gather by Zique.
A casual restaurant, the food is Modern European. Translated, this means the kitchen will be using Italian, Spanish and French cooking techniques to make the most of beautiful local produce.
Scotland doesn’t really have a cooking tradition in terms of specific ways of preparing food. We have certain dishes which are traditionally Scottish but we don’t have a specifically Scottish way of cooking in the same way that, say Japan or France, do.
Gather by Zique: produce-led
What we do have is a spectacular natural larder. Our beef, lamb and seafood are much prized all around the globe and Gather by Zique aims to make the most of this.
The menu will be produce-led. When ingredients are at their seasonal best, they will feature on the menu. The idea is to let the natural flavours of the food speak for themselves rather than to impose a chef’s style or signature on them.
Writing in the Glasgowist, Paul Trainer has a good interview with Gather by Zique’s owners.
Apparently, most of the meat on the menu will come from the farm run by the husband of Mhairi, Delizique’s owner.
Sustainable seafood, mostly landed in Scotland, and Scottish veg plus foraged herbs, flowers and fungi will all feature.
The menu is in a traditional starter, main course, dessert format rather than a tapas/big plates/small plates/sharing platter format.
Modern European cooking, Scottish ingredients
Typical starters might be the soup made with spiced Monachyle hogget and Puy lentils or the blood orange with grilled fennel and pickled onion, crispy shallots and a Negroni dressing.
Main course might be a simple dish of grilled langoustines with gremolata or a hake fillet with
chick peas, squid and mussel stew, nduja and aioli.
Side dishes at Gather by Zique include Spanish fried cauliflower, braised chicory and salt-baked celeriac.