- Telephone 0141 572 0899
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sun 5–9pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–6.15pm
- Average price £16.95 (set lunch); £33 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £16.95
- Website www.gamba.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Even by fish restaurant standards, Gamba’s luxurious touches (and hefty prices) put it at the top end of the scale. Many dishes use more than one type of seafood for some unashamed, full-on eating. Take the Isle of Ghiga Halibut – a choice catch at the best of times, served here with peat-smoked haddock and cream of scallop and leek – adding richness and considerable depth. It’s like the most masterly, poshest Cullen skink you’ve ever had. A starter of prawn, shrimp and crayfish doesn’t quite take the good old cocktail to the same heights (the hit of chilli and lime is good though marie rose sauce overpowers the subtleties of the three shellfish), but a main of hake, fried in deliciously nutty butter and topped in whole almonds, capers and little brown shrimp is as good as it gets – a brilliant plate of contrasting textures and sweet-toasty-fishy explosions, garnished with lemon wrapped in muslin to prevent the seeds falling. It’s all swish stuff, enhanced by the intimate dimensions and low lighting that keep Gamba perennially popular with romantic couples and corporate diners alike.
- High point: Generous portions of seafood combinations …
- Low point: but they are pricey
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening, laid back stuff
- Capacity: 65
- Largest group: 65
- Open since: 1998
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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