225a West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2ND
  • Telephone 0141 572 0899
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.15pm, 5–9.30pm; Sun 5–8.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 5–6.15pm
  • Average price £20 (set lunch); £34 (evening meal)
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Sophisticated, contemporary, creative, two AA rosette-winning restaurant that has championed sustainable Scottish fish and seafood for two decades.

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After two decades, this oasis of hospitality – in a desert of solicitor and IFA offices – is still, rightly, winning friends and awards. It champions Scottish produce to the max – Gigha halibut, South Shian salmon, Shetland cod, Marrbury smoked salmon and so on – and it is evident that chef patron Derek Marshall regularly scours Europe’s culinary hotspots for contemporary inspiration. A picturesque sashimi plate of tuna and scallop ascends the sushi heights, while a salmon tartare is topped by a spicy Bloody Mary sorbet which is the stuff of dreams. Main courses are French-inspired and Scottish in nature (loads of sauce, no pipette-blobs here). This works wonderfully well with a hake and smoked haddie in a scallop coral cream – comforting and rich like a Cullen skink for royal mermaids – but perhaps less so when a strong, bittersweet orange sauce dominates delicate halibut. Pretty puddings enter the stage like divas. It is easy to accept that, as is reported, a frozen chocolate and peanut butter cake made one diner weep with happiness. The warm cherry and coconut bakewell is equally swoonsome. Be ready to part with cash (or take the pre-theatre bargain) and rejoice.

  • High point: A sublime salmon tartare with Bloody Mary sorbet
  • Low point: Orange sauce a little overpowering
  • Notable dish: Roast hake with coral cream, savoy cabbage, peat-smoked haddock and Avruga caviar
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Boasting 2 AA Rosettes, Gamba serves fresh, sustainable seafood in the heart of Glasgow's city centre. Joining the seafood options on the menu are fresh meat and vegetarian dishes, cheese boards, and indulgent desserts. With a nautical theme, the bright interior features a marine mural on one wall.

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  • Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening and mellow classic hits
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £22 per bottle

Reviews & features

Side Dishes (13 March 2008)

13 Mar 2008

Gamba restaurant in Glasgow is celebrating its 10th birthday with a series of special meals, kicking off with an Oriental night on Friday 14 March. Tickets cost £59.95 for four courses with wines; book on 0141 572 0899. Two of leith’s most venerable…