There are loads of restaurants to choose from in Glasgow’s West End but off the beat and track of Byres Road and Great Western Road there are some hidden gems. We’ve rounded up some of our undiscovered favourites.
Lansdowne Bar & Kitchen
Tucked off Great Western Road down the residential Lansdowne Crescent and in the basement of a townhouse is the Lansdowne Bar & Ktichen, a hidden West End gem if ever there was one.
We spoke to General Manager Gordon Erskine about the Bar & Kitchen and what you can expect when you find it – listen to what he says in the video below.
Offer – £11 for 2 courses & glass of prosecco – menus and booking here.
Head to the Kelvinside area of the West End and on Cleveden Road you’ll find Simply Fish, as the name suggests, a fish restaurant led by an award winning seafood chef.
Simply Fish takes the freshest produce from the Scottish coast and pairs it with flavours from around the globe as well as those found closer to home.
It is a fish and seafood lover’s delight with dishes like Shetland mussels pot with a curry, coconut and saffron broth finished with coriander, spiced chorizo, white wine and tomato broth, garlic, white wine, cream and soft herbs or the West Coast crab with linguine pasta, sautéed with chilli, garlic and tomato, finished with lemon and soft herbs.
Once people find this West End hidden gem, they rate it highly; take a look at some of the reviews:
Fantastic. (Rating 5/5)
The restaurant is lovely and the service is excellent. The food is perfectly cooked, delicious and huge portions! — dori nicol – 02/06/2014
Amazing (Rating 4.8/5)
Food was amazing, service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes seafood! I will be back very soon! — Chris Begg – 09/04/2014
Brilliant fish place hiding in Kelvindale (Rating 4.4/5)
My friends and I really enjoyed the food in Simply Fish. There were a lot of choices in the lunch menu and the deal was very good for its value. Can’t wait to go back soon! — Unique Ng – 20/02/2014
Offers – £9.95 for 2 courses on daytime menu + cocktail or 10% a la carte discount – book and view Simply Fish menus here.
Cafe Source Too
Hidden away in Hillhead Sports Club in Hyndland, Café Source Too isn’t in the most obvious locations for a restaurant. But don’t let its sporting surroundings put you off; the menu offers delicious Scottish delights like oven-roast breast of chicken with a ham hough and pearl barley risotto to slow braised lamb shank in red wine with chorizo, garlic, red onion and sauteed potatoes.
It has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and consistently gets great reviews on 5pm Dining.
Delivers everytime (Rating 4.8/5)
It’s great here. No fuss or pretence. Come in; shown to table quickly; drinks on the table in a minute or so; order taken; food served at a nice pace; excellent meal every time; polite and pleasant wait persons; these days we can’t be bothered going anywhere else! — Iain Clark
Standards remain (Rating 4.8/5)
Had not been to Cafe Source Too for a while as we were working off the festive bulge but it was certainly worth the wait. We ate around 18:00 and although it was initially quiet the atmosphere built steadily. There were some new specials on the board which we both tried and the standard taste and service of this establishment goes from strength to strength. It is not to be missed! — David McDonald
First visit – can’t believe I’ve never been before! (Rating 5/5)
Great choice on menu, lovely staff and fantastic value for money. The wine we had as part of the deal was excellent. Couldn’t decide what to have from menu so will need to go back soon to try something else. Only downside was finding the restaurant, I’m not from the west end! — Jennifer Thomson
£25 for 3 courses on dinner menu + bottle of wine – more offers here.
279 Cafe Bistro
Located on Partick’s Dumbarton Road, you could easily walk past and miss this hidden gem. 279 Cafe Bistro is a small restaurant that offers freshly cooked, simple food in an informal atmosphere.
The menu has classic, hearty dishes like smoked haddock risotto with spring onion and parmesan or pork, or black pudding stack on mash with port and red wine jus. Not to be missed is Michelle’s meringue with whipped cream, mixed berry and sorbet extravaganza (pictured).
5pmers who have discovered 279 Cafe Bistro turn into frequent visitors and we don’t have to say much more than what they say in their reviews, overall giving it 4.6/5.
Fantastic as always!! (Rating 5/5)
I’ve been to this bistro a few times and I absolutely love it!!!! The staff are fantastic and friendly, that atmosphere it brilliant and the food! Oh my god! The food is honestly amazing. — nicole mcneill – 13/06/2014
Fantastic! (Rating 5/5)
Great little place, doesn’t look like much from the outside but the food is and service is excellent! As it was a Wednesday night that I went it was a little quiet but I would definitely go back! — Sophie Thomson – 09/06/2014
Great find (Rating 5/5)
Our first visit to this cafe bistro and we were not disappointed. We were made very welcome and the service was very attentive without being over the top. Good food at reasonable prices. We will definitely be back. – Barbara Sharp – 14/05/2014
Offers – £12.95 for 2 courses on dine with wine menu + glass of wine or 20% a la carte discount – menus and booking here.