The season may be changing but 5pm Dining always has great restaurants
available to book. Get your teeth into these delicious choices.
From the canary-yellow chairs to the neon lighting to the pink flamingo art, the Derby Lane vibe is quirky, fun and luxurious.
And with its pink, gold and aqua facade, this Finnieston fave is a treat for the eye as much as the stomach.
Head here for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, or to sample a creative cocktail or three.
Dishes are designed to conjure up the tastes of Manhattan and the Hamptons, as well as much closer to home favourites.
Highlights include the New York-style signature brunch, flat iron steak and the ultimate lobster roll. Plus you can tuck into eggs made just about every way you can imagine, including ‘bennies’ like the Stornoway special with black pudding.
Cocktails are inspired by Tiki culture, with playful garnishes and bespoke ingredients made in-house. Try out a daring absinthe concoction like the Green-Eyed Fairy, or a sharing cocktail like the Full Moon Tea Party with Hendrick’s Lunar Gin.
Desserts are crafted with tender loving care and include baked vanilla cheesecake with Cargo Cult Spiced Rum, caramelised banana and dark chocolate, as well as a milk chocolate panna cotta with cinnamon twists.
It may be dark and wet outside but it's always sunny in Derby Lane. Book in with 5pm.
And check their Big Deal: a bottle of Bollinger Rosé and a sharing dessert trio for £50.
Launched at the tail end of 2017, the Gallowgate Van Winkle is an American-style bar that says 'Hell, yeah!' to bourbon, BBQ and burgers.
Artfully stressed corrugated tin, stripped wood tables and brick walls all give the feeling that you might just have stepped into a honky tonk in the Kentucky backwoods.
BBQ, burgers and lots of bourbon
Made from locally sourced ingredients, BBQ meats, burgers and buttermilk fried chicken play the major roles on the menu. From the baby-back ribs to the bourbon brisket, the BBQ is smoked in-house over bourbon wood chips before being finished on the grill.
While meat is the focus, there are a number of veggie dishes from beer-battered cauliflower bites to Cajun-spiced halloumi burgers. Desserts include Buffalo Trace fudge brownies and cheesecake. More than 80 varieties of bourbon – some of them much sought after – are among the liquid reasons for visiting.
Van Winkle opposite the Barrowlands has been so popular that they've opened another on Sandyford Place in the West End.
Inside, the stripped wooden tables and hanging bulbs will whisk you off to a land of bluegrass, moonshine and bourbon on the rocks. Just like the East End branch, diners at Van Winkle West can tuck into a selection of burgers, wings, waffles, tacos and more, washed down with a drinks menu of bourbons, cocktails and beers.
Both branches of Van Winkle are currently running a slap-up Big Deal on a burger or sandwich for two people for £20, a 22% saving on the standard £25.90.
Hmmmm, what shall we go for? The bourbon BBQ pulled pork burger? The hefty double 3oz steak chilli cheese burger? Or perhaps the veggie halloumi burger with sweet chilli sauce.
All burgers and sandwiches are served in the Van Winkle brioche bun with lettuce and house dressing, with fries on the side.
As you’d expect from the name, Carnivore is all about the meat (which isn’t to say that there aren’t a few creative veggie options too).
The stylishly stripped down interior puts the focus firmly on the food, while the menu itself has a distinctly cross-Atlantic appeal. So expect Philly cheese steaks and Reuben sandwiches jostling for attention alongside fish and chips or pork belly with mash.
Best of all you can dine the way that suits you, taking your pick from hefty sharing platters, small plate selections and classic mains. Breakfasts and brunches are served too, as well as cheeky £5 cocktails from Sunday to Thursday. So why not wash down a plate of wings with a Cosmo or Bloody Mary?
A celebration of meaty treats
Highlights of the small plate selection include ox cheek bonbons, chicken wings in Kansas City or Alabama BBQ sauce, or salt and pepper squid. Veggies can tuck into a ‘KFC’ (Korean Fried Cauliflower) or buttery corn on the cob with Parmesan.
From the grill you can feast on a sirloin, rib eye or pork chop served with hand-cut chips and sauce. Other mains include the Carnivore Burger of two patties piled with bacon, cheese and bone marrow sauce, or short ribs with creamed corn and tomato relish. Weekly veggie burger specials are also available.
The restaurant is based just off the Royal Mile in Old Town, a brief stroll from attractions such as Edinburgh Dungeon and National Museum of Scotland.
So how do you like your wings? With Kansas City or Alabama BBQ sauce? Book into Carnivore with 5pm and get your gnashers into some sweet research.
Lucali by Andiamo
Fresh pasta and Neapolitan-style pizza are bringing the spirit of Naples to Giffnock thanks to the new Lucali by Andiamo on Fenwick Road.
Serving from breakfast to dinner and all points in between, Lucali also offers a fantastic range of fine Italian wines, spirits and cocktails.
As well as a brunch menu that includes toasted panini, half and half pizza and pasta boards plus dishes such as the Parma ham, rocket, poached eggs and pesto on toasted sourdough, Lucali's main menu is packed with both classic and innovative new dishes.
We would like to start with the buffalo mozzarella in panko served with marinara sauce. Or perhaps the Grilled king prawns with Datterini tomatoes, garlic, chilli and Amalfi lemon on crostino.
There are more than a dozen pizza to choose between and the fresh pasta options include a traditional carbonara with pancetta, Pecorino Romano and egg yolk, served with linguine; bucatini with Lucali's signature ragu and ravioli of pumpkin with tomato, sage, cream and toasted almonds.
Since opening on Glasgow's St Vincent Place, Roberta's has delivered on its promise to deliver 'Italian style with a strong dose of modern Glasgow attitude'.
Pizza are a big part of the draw at Roberta's and the Neapolitan dream team of brothers Ciro and Massimo Potenza are manning the wood-fired oven. It's the super hot temperatures produced by the oven that gives their thin crust pizzas their characteristic charring.
They are also smokin' hot on their seafood choices at Roberta's. We like the monkfish carpaccio, calamari and Loch Fyne Oysters. And we've not even mentioned the pasta yet. Or the cocktails.
Roberta's current 5pm Dining offer is a great way to discover what the restaurant has to offer. You can book in for two courses from the lunch menu for £10.95. We're torn between starting with deep-fried whitebait or going for the West Coast mussels which are available with a spicy tomato sauce or a classic white wine, garlic and parsley sauce. Or we might get all funky and pick the fresh, grilled artichokes with almond cream, orange oil and black olives.
On a chilly day, it's hard to see past the pappardelle ragu - slow cooked beef, red wine and tomato sauce - for a main course. Lighter options might include the house salad - kale, apple, avocado, chilli and mint - or the linguine vongole.
The lunch menu pizzas include a spicy peperonata made with sausage and a fresh ortolana topped with tomato sauce, mixed peppers, aubergines, yellow tomatoes, parsley and Evoo. But we've always got a soft spot for a classic Margherita made with San Marzano tomatoes D.O.P, pecorino Romano, mozzarella di bufala, basil and Evoo.
Grab a pal, book into Roberta's via 5pm Dining and enjoy some of that tasty 'Italian style with a strong dose of modern Glasgow attitude'.
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