Three to try: Seafood stalwarts
225a West George Street, Glasgow, 0141 572 0899, www.gamba.co.uk
Alan Tomkins and Derek Marshall’s attractive city centre basement dining room has been top of the bill for over a decade now with a reputation for quality ingredients, exciting cooking, pretty presentations and superb service. Rather than classical simplicity, seafood here is either given the Mediterranean treatment or alternatively a Far Eastern twist.
Skippers Seafood Bistro
1a Dock Place, Edinburgh, 0131 554 1018, www.skippers.co.uk
It’s now 30 years since Skippers sparked the transformation of Leith from down-at-heel port to yuppified culinary quarter. The defining vibe – picked up by the majority of the capital’s other fish restaurants – is a New England-style cosiness with bare wooden tables and nautical knick-knacks on the walls.
1114 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 334 6127, www.crabshakk.com
John MacLeod and Lynne Jones’ funky but tiny Finneston venue has proven quite a hit since its arrival in early 2009, offering a new style of seafood bistro that blends Scottish west-coast fishing hut with smartly designed urban venue. Simplicity of style marks the adaptable menu: squeeze in for oysters and beer or lobster and champagne.