Beside Glasgow's infamous Barras market, with its stalls of fresh meat and designer knock offs, is its younger hipster sister, the Barras Art And Design Centre. The Barras Art and Design Centre (or BAAD as it's shortened to) is a glass domed space which hosts a number of boutique shops and exhibitions along with seafood restaurant A’Challtainn on its mezzanine.
Since opening almost two years ago, A’Challtainn has developed a very highly regarded reputation for its menu of sustainable Scottish seafood which is used to create modern, innovative dishes. You can expect to dine on unique combinations like smoked salmon crab cannelloni, and sea trout with beetroot and tarragon gravlax and mustard seed pickle with rye bread. However, there's plenty of more traditional seafood dishes too, like moules frites and fish and chips, still created using the best quality Scottish seafood.
Seafood dishes at A’Challtainn
The setting of A’Challtainn is just as impressive as its dishes - it's kind of like dining in a massive greenhouse. And the windows on the mezzanine have views out on to the designer graffiti of the BAAD courtyard below. We visited for lunch recently and had an extremely enjoyable afternoon sipping white wine and tucking into A’Challtainn's delicious food with the blazing Scottish sunshine bouncing off the glass roof. Here's what we dined on.
Sea trout, beetroot & tarragon gravlax with mustard seed pickle, rye bread & crème fraîche.
Smoked salmon crab cannelloni with squid ink aioli & smoked herring roe.
Beer battered haddock and chips with tartare sauce, hand cut chips & grilled lemon.
Shetland mussels with garlic white wine cream and fries.
A’Challtainn dark chocolate mousse with fresh fruits, griottine cherries, honeycomb.
The following offers are available at A’Challtainn on 5pm Dining:
£12 for moules-frites or fish & chips + beer or wine
Brunch menu available + bloody Mary (Sun)
A la carte menu + glass of wine
Book A’Challtainn on 5pm.