Three to try: Seafood stalwarts

Three to try: Seafood stalwarts

At the crabshakk

225a West George Street, Glasgow, 0141 572 0899,
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,
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,
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.


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