- Telephone 0141 248 4942
- Bar open Sun–Wed 11am–midnight; Thu-Sat 11am–1am
- Food served Mon–Thu 7.45am–10pm; Fri 7.45am–midnight; Sat 9am–midnight; Sun 9am–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
- Average price (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12.95
- Website www.babygrandglasgow.com
Long-established bistro bringing a touch of elegance to Charing Cross, with low lighting and an impressive menu.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Baby Grand is another example of a Glasgow institution, having been open since 1984. This bistro brings a certain elegance to Charing Cross, with low lighting and heavy wooden furniture. It is, however, most famous for its baby grand piano, which is skilfully played in the evenings from Wednesdays to Sundays. The menu reflects this elegance, boasting luxe ingredients such as truffle and lobster. Starters include coquilles Saint Jacques – scallops and mushroom duxelle hidden beneath a delicate béchamel and artfully piped mashed potato, which looks impressive when served on the scallop shell. Truffle gnocchi is full of earthy mushroom flavours, the spinach glistening with the smooth pine nut beurre noisette. For mains, a bowl of moules marinière looks inviting, mussels steaming in the creamy sauce, while the pork and chorizo burger is chargrilled and bursting with smoky paprika flavours – a side of chunky hand-cut chips is a welcome addition to both mains. Staff are efficient and friendly, and with a bargain market menu, experiencing a touch of class becomes very affordable at Baby Grand.
- High point: Live piano brings an elegance to dinner
- Low point: Can be hard to hear piano over kitchen/bar noise
- Notable dish: Coquilles Saint Jacques
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Live music or pop
- Live entertainment: Wed–Sat evening pianist (Wed/Thu: 6–9pm; Fri/Sat: 6pm–1am; rotation of bands on sundays
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1984
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £15.50 per bottle