Two Fat Ladies
- Telephone 0141 339 1944
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Sun 1–9pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–6.45pm
- Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
The long-standing original branch of the Two Fat Ladies seafood restaurant group is easy to miss on Dumbarton Road, squeezed into the row of shops (at number 88, naturally) between the bottom of Byres Road and Church Street behind a black façade. Laid-out effectively back-to-front, with the open kitchen beside the door as you enter, there are no tables in the window to tempt in walk-ups. But it has an immersive, hidden-away feel about it. Relaxed and comfortable, too, between dark décor and soft seats and fitted sofas, with bright cushions and a gold-painted under-the-sea frieze wrapping around the walls for splashes of colour. Try the Cullen skink for a starter – a dish no Scottish fish restaurant worth its salt should fail to do well, Two Fat Ladies’ is full of texture and flavour. A main course of seared West Coast scallops with carrot jam, crispy kale and Stornoway black pudding proves a little less than the sum of its parts, but the melt-in-the-mouth foil-wrapped oven-baked salmon with lemon, lime and paprika and sour cream is a winning dish. For dessert don’t overlook the ginger and dark chocolate cheesecake, served ringed by a drizzle of sticky stem ginger syrup. Service is fast and friendly. You’ll have little hesitation coming back.
- High point: Complimentary veg and potatoes with mains – many places would charge
- Low point: More wines by the glass please
- Notable dish: Foil-wrapped oven-baked salmon with lemon, lime and paprika and sour cream
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Oldies - jazz, soul etc.
- Capacity: 28
- Largest group: 28
- Open since: 1989
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £18.45 per bottle
- BYOB: £7.50 corkage
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