Come rain or shine, the Big Summer Dine Out means you can enjoy
a two or three course meal for £15.95 per person. It's a great excuse to enjoy
the company of friends and family.
Running until 15th August, the offer is available in dozens of participating restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Here are some more fab restaurants that you might like to try. All specific dishes mentioned are from sample menus and subject to change.
Named after the old Scots for a roast turkey, Roastit Bubbly Jocks is a relaxed neighbourhood bistro that makes the most of Scottish produce and recipes. It has a long been a much-loved feature of Partick and the menu shows a rich mix of influences. Typical starters might be the west coast seafood chowder or the salad of Scotch beef fillet with a Thai marinade. Popular main courses include the Moroccan-spiced chicken breast; the Argyll venison ragu with pappardelle pasta and the tempeh panang curry. We also like the sound of the baked cheesecake and the chocolate cake with salted caramel and honeycomb ice cream. The offer is £15.95 for two courses on the lunch or dinner menu.
There is a branch of La Vita on George Square; a Vita Pizzeria in Bishopbriggs and a Vita Spuntini on Byres Road. All offer a taste of Italy's cucina without the hassle of checking which countries are on the green list. At La Vita on George Square, the Big Summer Dine Out offer is for three courses from the 5pm menu plus a glass of Prosecco. La Vita Pizzeria on Kirkintilloch Road is also offering three courses plus a Prosecco for £15.95 while La Vita Spuntini is running three tapas and a dessert from the fixed price menu plus a glass of fizz for the same price. Take your pick. All three are highly rated by 5pm customers. This is what a recent diner had to say of the Byres Road Spuntini:
'We had a fantastic lunch. The service was spot on...The food was amazing, we had the £15.95 offer, great value for money. Although they were busy, we weren't rushed... I would recommend... We'll be back soon!'
Once part of the old milking ground for the Glasgow Market, the kitchen at this Byres Road restaurant enjoys creating alluring dishes from the best Scottish ingredients. And it looks pretty sophisticated too. Big Summer Dine Out customers are offered two courses from the market menu at £15.95. What would you start with? Peri peri tiger prawns, garlic mushrooms or the Stornoway black pudding with a poached egg, pancetta and jus? The selection of mains includes pan-seared cod with a chorizo and chickpea stew; the Bo'Vine beef burger; a braised feather blade of beef with root vegetables and, of course, a veggie option: the basil and ricotta tortellini with tomato and truffle oil.
Located on Edinburgh's Lothian Road, Bar Italia offers contemporary and classic Italian dishes in relaxed surroundings. The family-run restaurant is also very handily located for nearby cinemas such as the Odeon, Cameo and Filmhouse. Their Big Summer Dine Out offer is £15.95 for two courses on the pre-theatre menu plus tea or coffee. We would start with the fresh mussels sautéed with garlic, black pepper and white wine followed by the Modena rocket salad with goat cheese, walnut, roast peppers, cucumber and quinoa with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Although we could easily be persuaded to drop the mussels in favour of the Martone family's award-winning ice cream.
Based in Glasgow’s Merchant City on Candleriggs, Dhabba opened in 2002 with the aim of bringing north Indian cooking to the city centre. Along with sister restaurant Dakhin, which specialises in southern Indian food (see their Big Summer Dine Out offer here. Main pic is from Dakhin's Facebook), Dhabba was one of the first Indian restaurants in Glasgow to concentrate on regional specialities rather than Anglo-Indian staples. The result is an award-winning restaurant whose sleek, modern looks match its innovative approach to Indian food.
The offer is £15.95 for two courses on the pre-theatre menu. We would begin with the veggie paneer chatpatta - the Dhabba’s own paneer cheese skewered with peppers and onions with a spicy tomato tang. Or maybe the tandoori chicken wings. Or the pulled lamb wrapped in a roomali roti. And for a main course? Lamb bhuna? Chicken tikka in a creamy, tomato and melon seed sauce? Or how about the ever popular aloo gobi, described as a 'traditional tumble of potatoes, cauliflower and garden peas'. Plenty to choose from.