Two Fat Ladies
- Telephone 0141 339 1944
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 5–10pm; Sun 1–9pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5.30–6.45pm
- Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £25.50 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
Tiny little West End haven, serving upmarket fish and meat dishes in a plush, old-style dining room.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Nestled within the mishmash of shop-fronts on Dumbarton Road, the narrow window peering into the kitchen of the original Two Fat Ladies restaurant is so tiny you could easily miss it. Beyond the cast-iron detailed door is a plush little haven, like a welcoming Partick grotto, where, unsurprisingly given the size of the place, the menu is small – four starters and main courses, and three shellfish dishes doubling as either. A main course portion of scallops is rather frugal for the £20 price tag, yet the flavours of the horseradish crème-fraîche and the just-seared shellfish are divine. On the opposite extreme, if going for the Two Fat’s fish platter – which changes daily – prepare yourself for a feast, with three moist fillets of fish complete with crispy, salted skin are served swimming in garlic butter with standard veg and potatoes. With the sizzling and clattering coming from the open kitchen, velveteen chairs, candlelit tables and fine art, one can easily imagine a 1920s' Parisian backstreet vibe to the place.
- High point: Beautiful paintings
- Low point: Small portion of scallops
- Notable dish: Two fats fish platter, which changes daily, but could include salmon, mackerel and coley fillet
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, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Slow, saxxy jazz
- Capacity: 28
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 1989
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £18.45 per bottle
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