Familiar Eating: Three places on first name terms
Guy’s 24 Candleriggs, Glasgow, 0141 552 1114, www.guysrestaurant.co.uk
Guy Cowan spent time travelling the world cooking for film stars before settling back home in Glasgow with this friendly and assured venue in the Merchant City. Accumulated bric-a-brac décor, thoughtful service and food made on the premises, from pasta to ice cream, make for an engaging experience.
Balbir’s 7 Church Street, Glasgow, 0141 339 7711, www.balbirsrestaurants.co.uk
Putting your surname above the door can hint at a Michelin Star-chasing approach, but putting just your first name there has the effect of spreading bonhomie and reassurance. Balbir Singh Sumal seems to make efforts to befriend every customer, while still overseeing one of Glasgow’s most respected curry kitchens.
Chez Pierre 18 Eyre Place, Edinburgh, 0131 556 0006, www.pierrelevicky.com
Pierre Levicky is so clearly at home in a restaurant, and his enthusiasm so infectious, that this could never be anything other than Pierre’s place. Informality and unconventionality are to the fore, with the daily menu scribbled up on the door while the tapas-style offerings are described as ‘tiny playful dishes’.