Awards herald publication of The List Eating & Drinking Guide 2009
As The List’s annual Eating & Drinking guide hits the shelves, we reveal our choices for the best of the bunch.
The List Eating & Drinking Awards are designed to give the dining public benchmarks of the best eating-out experiences in the Central Belt.
Our second annual Readers’ Award in association with Taste of Edinburgh has been voted for by visitors to our website. The List Readers’ Award for Glasgow goes to Stravaigan, Colin Clydesdale’s triptych of café, bar and downstairs restaurant on Gibson Street. Judges said it declared ‘the provenance of its ingredients knowledgeably and with pride, but still eschewed any tartanisation of the menu’. Across in Edinburgh, George Street’s hip hangout Tigerlily picked up the Readers’ Award gong, and was commended for its ‘glamorous, multi-zonal dining areas.’
In Edinburgh, the Newcomer Award for Refreshing and Informal Budget Eating went to Mother India Café, helmed by Monir Mohammed whose Mother India and Wee Curry Shop restaurants and cafés have been a Glasgow institution for a decade. Judges said its ‘modern, fresh approach to Indian cooking reflects the way we like to eat out these days, with a concise menu of tapas-style dishes to share and a commitment to fresh food, herbs and spices clearly evident’. Back in Glasgow, Banana Leaf was singled out for the Newcomer Award for Uncompromising and Inspiring Eating. Judges commented that it ‘left an indelible impression on Glaswegians looking for authentic South Indian food, without so much as a nod of compromise to the Scottish palate’. Also in Glasgow, Crabshakk picked up a Newcomer Award for Conviviality and Style, for offering ‘a simple, unpretentious treatment of seafood and straightforward, fuss-free food’.
Finally back in Edinburgh, L’Escargot Bleu picked up the Newcomer Award for Bold and Broad Ranging Bistro Dining. Judges praised the ‘range and confidence of French cuisine in the context of local sources’. The Judges’ Special Award went to Ronnie Clydesdale, who opened the Ubiquitous Chip, just off Byres Road in Glasgow, in 1971.
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