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April 5, 2022

The last week or so has seen the launch of three new Glasgow restaurants which either specialise in Scottish seafood or offer a great range of seafood alongside other options.

First up, we have Kelp which opened on Cowcaddens Road last week.

Sister restaurant to nearby Ardnamurchan restaurant on Hope Street, Kelp specialises in sustainable Scottish seafood.

They run a small plate menu so customers can graze on dishes such as squid, mango and habanera salsa (pictured above) or mussels cooked with La Chouffe beer, smoked bacon and leek, all served with sourdough.

The Barra scallops are hand-dived - naturally - and non-seafood dishes include baked celeriac with orzo, hazelnut and truffle plus asparagus with wild garlic hummus and a sourdough crumb; both of which are vegan.

Side dishes include Jersey Royals with seaweed butter and pickled samphire with a parsley and radish salad.

Book in via 5pm Dining and enjoy two courses from the market menu for £20.

Get Gōst-ed

Prime steak, including former dairy beef, is the main focus at Gōst on Bothwell Street. However, this doesn't prevent them casting their net a little wider.

Seafood options include octopus with fennel, olive, apple and a squid ink aioli. We also like the look of the charcoal-grilled monkfish tail for two.

Apparently, Gōst aims 'to create the sort of dining experience that we would want for ourselves. Indulgent, delectable and always with an air of confidence.'

 Sounds like a plan.

Gōst is from the same stable as Glaschu and The Duke's Umbrella. Both of which are currently rocking some very attractive 5pm offers. Such as 20% off the a la carte menu at Glaschu on certain days and times.

Octopus - tentacles are always tender at Gōst

Octopus - tentacles are always tender at Gōst Pic: Facebook.

Aw Shucks

Shucks on Hyndland Road is another new entrant to Glasgow's seafood restaurant market. The restaurant and bar are from the team behind Michelin-starred Cail Bruich, Epicures and Brett.

Head Chef Shaun Haggarty promises a daily changing menu depending on the day's catch. Whatever is available, diners can expect it to be 'the finest sustainable seafood cooked classically and over fire'. 'In-house curing and smoking' also get a mention.

The bar and outdoor terrace offer 'fine wines and Champagne; local artisan beers and in-house cocktails alongside house-cured and smoked seasonal fare and the finest of Scottish oysters and seafood snacks'.

In other news, keep your eyes peeled for the arrival of Fat Lobster. Small plates, sustainable seafood and organic wine and cocktails are rumoured to be on the menu. It's all very mysterious at the moment but some are whispering that Fat Lobster may be making a home for itself on the former Mussel Inn premises on Hope Street.

Last but in no way least, the Indian street food restaurant Mowgli is aiming to launch at its St Vincent Street premises on Easter Monday, 18 April.

It will be the restaurant group's first Scottish unit with one to follow in Edinburgh shortly.