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September 27, 2018

The new venture is on Nithsdale Road in the site formerly occupied by Kowloon, The Salisbury and, if we go further back, Cookie.

While Niven's by Café Source is new, the name has history. The building was once used by H C Niven & Co Motor Engineers although the other side of the building shows signage from an even older occupant, William Bennie and Sons Butchers.

If you want to dig back into Strathbungo's history, there is more info here.

Much as we appreciate a good archaeological root around, this blog is more concerned with the nosebag on offer.

Niven's by Café Source bills itself as a 'friendly neighborhood eatery in Strathbungo'. The idea is to offer 'innovative brunch by day and small plates with world influence using Scotland's larder by night'.

Niven's by Café Source uses Scottish ingredients

Both Café Source at St Andrew's in the Square and Café Source Too make prominent use of Scottish ingredients and so does Niven's.

Cullen skink, pork from Ramsay of Carluke and Barwhey's Cheddar all pop up.

While many of the ingredients are sourced locally, the recipes draw on influences from around the globe.

Crispy halloumi is flavoured with za'atar ; lamb is slow cooked with harissa and flatbreads come topped with onion, carrot and spinach bhajis.

If you would rather get your teeth into more Scottish dishes, try the ham hough terrine with piccalilli on sourdough.

Or the braised ox cheek and haggis pithivier with turnip purée and horseradish mash. Just the thing for a nippy autumn evening.

Happy reviews

Naturally, veggie, vegan and gluten-free options are all available.

Dessert might be the Orkney fudge cheesecake or meringue with whipped cream and poached plums.

Happy reviews are already piling up on their Facebook site. This blogger has yet to drop by but the pics look very appetising.

The 5pm Dining blog wishes Niven's every success.