Two Fat Ladies

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Two Fat Ladies
88 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6NX
  • Telephone 0141 339 1944
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Sun 1–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–6.45pm
  • Average price £14.50 (set lunch)
  • Pre-theatre price £14.50
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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

The original Two Fat Ladies balances restaurant details with less formal, bistro-esque qualities. The dark interior with its ornate golden border looks towards the former; an open plan kitchen and chatty ambience nudge things the other way – a classy meal venue that doesn’t require one’s Sunday best. The menu displays a similar duality. There are simple dishes like baked Cajun sardines, served whole, a dry and grizzly dusting of heat against an aioli of glossy sharpness. Then there’s scallop, black pudding and bacon salad – a well-worn combination (at the top-end of the price scale here), with deft touches of delicately smoky saffron butter and a sweet scattering of garden peas pulling everything together and elevating it from equivalents elsewhere. Ling – cod’s skinny brother – comes beside a cumin-loaded dhal with rice and raita. Dishes like this, or gravadlax with subtle curing from lime (citrus) and gin (tart), are typical of the eatery’s light and modern style. Not too filling – so your meal at No. 88 need not leave you feeling as rotund as the Two Fat Ladies on the doorsign.

  • High point: Small, sensible and seasonally changing menu
  • Low point: The scary painting on the wall
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 28
  • Open since: 1989
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £18.45 per bottle

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2. Food lover Glasgow23 Jan 2011, 11:40am5 stars Two Fat Ladies Report

This is the very first time I have felt compelled to offer a review of a restaurant. EXCELLENT!!! Scallops with black pudding were delicious, sea bass with Arbroath smokie was the best dish I have had in a long time and my partners boozy cherry, pistachio and almond dessert was to die for. If you are looking for top quality produce, cooked to perfection Two Fat Ladies West End is a must!

1. Let down customer23 Aug 2010, 1:34pm1 star Two Fat Ladies Report

I'd always been told this restaurant was very good but I now feel totally let down. On arriving on time we were told there was no reservation for us despite the fact we had booked earlier that day. I eventually saw our name had been crossed out even though we were early for our table. I was given no explanation for this but let it go as they offered to find us a table. The restaurant had several free tables which made me even more confused as to why our name had been scored off in the first place.

Despite other tables being free we were led to a cramped table. The waiter seemed friendly enough but unfortunately the service was not up to scratch. The mussel starter was served with several mussels that were closed and therefor could not be eaten. The sole was served with a garnish of parsley that was burned black. The next day I had an upset stomach. I have no way of knowing if this was down to the restaurant's food but I wouldn't rule it out.

Given the prices are at the higher end of the scale I felt thoroughly disappointed with my dining experience. I would not recommend eating there.

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Average rating 3/5 from 2 reviews of Two Fat Ladies.

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