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October 22, 2014
Classic French cooking is on offer at Azur Bistro.
Classic French cooking is on offer at Azur Bistro.

The 5pm Dining blog would like to a say a big ‘Bonjour’ to a couple of new restaurants which have recently opened in Glasgow.

First up, we have Azur Bistro which has just started ladling the soupe a l’oignon on the second floor of Princes Square on Buchanan Street.

Authentic French cuisine

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the bistro promises ‘authentic French cuisine in the heart of Glasgow’.

The menus range from a simple croissant with butter and jam for le petit dejeuner through to an a la carte bursting with classic French dishes such as moules marinières, whole baked Camembert cheeses, steak frites and Magret de canard – duck breast and confit leg of duck served on Puy lentils.

Guests can eat in the actual restaurant or on the indoor terrace. The latter allows the feeling that you are dining outside just like our continental cousins.

However it has the advantage of avoiding a very uncontinental soaking from Glasgow’s unpredictable weather.

New Finnieston opening

Across town, just off the effervescent Finnieston strip, The Scullery is scheduled to open to the public for the first time this evening.

Originally scheduled to open at the beginning of September, the Claremont Street restaurant is open for dinner from tonight while lunches will kick in next week.

As we mentioned back in August, Kathleen Sheridan, formerly of The Chip, is the owner. Our chums at STV ran a good interview with Kathleen here.

The launch menu offers a selection of starters and small plates; sharing dishes and main courses.

You can browse it here but the dishes which drew our attention were the slow braised IPA beef short ribs with horseradish mash and a dainty sounding lemon, courgette and mascarpone risotto.

Pork belly is among the temptations of The Scullery.
Pork belly is among the temptations of The Scullery.