Two Fat Ladies

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Two Fat Ladies
88 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6NX
  • 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
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  • Website www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com

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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
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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.

  • 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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2. Food lover Glasgow23 Jan 2011, 11:40am5 stars Two Fat Ladies Report

This is the very first time I have felt compelled to offer a review of a restaurant. EXCELLENT!!! Scallops with black pudding were delicious, sea bass with Arbroath smokie was the best dish I have had in a long time and my partners boozy cherry, pistachio and almond dessert was to die for. If you are looking for top quality produce, cooked to perfection Two Fat Ladies West End is a must!

1. Let down customer23 Aug 2010, 1:34pm1 star Two Fat Ladies Report

I'd always been told this restaurant was very good but I now feel totally let down. On arriving on time we were told there was no reservation for us despite the fact we had booked earlier that day. I eventually saw our name had been crossed out even though we were early for our table. I was given no explanation for this but let it go as they offered to find us a table. The restaurant had several free tables which made me even more confused as to why our name had been scored off in the first place.

Despite other tables being free we were led to a cramped table. The waiter seemed friendly enough but unfortunately the service was not up to scratch. The mussel starter was served with several mussels that were closed and therefor could not be eaten. The sole was served with a garnish of parsley that was burned black. The next day I had an upset stomach. I have no way of knowing if this was down to the restaurant's food but I wouldn't rule it out.

Given the prices are at the higher end of the scale I felt thoroughly disappointed with my dining experience. I would not recommend eating there.

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