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April 23, 2018

New restaurants in Glasgow: New restaurants in Glasgow: Mharsanta is a new addition to the Merchant City. Pic: Facebook.

Looking for new restaurants in Glasgow? Mharsanta has just opened on Bell Street.

Named after the Gaelic for Merchant, the restaurant opened this weekend in the heart of the Merchant City.

Located in the former Pancho Villas premises, it is a smart looking bar and restaurant.

Mharsanta's logo is two sails and, while not a seafood restaurant, there are plenty of seafood options on the menu.

Isle of Barra langoustines, Shetland mussels, a Cullen skink pie and hand-dived king scallops all leap off the page.

Comfort food

Much of the menu has a classic comfort food feel to it. You could tuck into steak, egg and chips or tackle the fish 'n' chips made with haddock landed at Peterhead.

There are mince and tatties, a beef and sausage pie plus a range of dry-aged Scottish steaks.

Scottish produce is prominent in dishes such as the Ayrshire pork belly and the burger topped with Ayrshire bacon and Mull cheddar.

Veggie dishes include a battered halloumi burger and wild mushrooms on toasted soda bread.

Sticking with the bread theme, there is a range of sandwiches such as the slow-cooked pork on a crusty bloomer.

This scribbler has his beady eye on the hot roast beef dipped sandwich.

It is served with gravy and we suspect that while it not be the sort of thing you can eat elegantly, it sounds delicious.

A separate lunch menu is keenly priced. Starters and desserts are both £3 while main courses are £7.50.

New restaurants in Glasgow: cocktails

There is an extensive cocktail menu including Mharsanta signature drinks like the Buffalo Soldier. It is made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, pineapple and ginger syrup, lime juice, orange juice and Peychaud Bitters topped with ginger ale.

The wine list runs from quaffable Sauvignon Blanc from Chile to a Pouilly Fumé from Domaine des Fines Caillottes.

The 5pm Dining blog wishes Mharsanta a long and successful life.

As ever, keep checking back for all the latest new restaurants in Glasgow.