The Brasserie at the Chip
- Telephone 0141 334 5007
- Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am
- Food served Mon–Thu 10am–10pm, Fri–Sun 11am-11pm
- Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Website www.ubiquitouschip.co.uk
With the air of an artist's studio, the brasserie offshoot of the famous Ubiquitous Chip showcases its creativity with innovative bistro dishes.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The Brasserie at the Chip hovers above the more formal courtyard below yet the food doesn’t signify any step down in quality. There are some recognisable bistro traits – a daily printed menu is always a heart-warmer – with the white linen cast aside for more informality. Sea bass and mackerel are treated with a refined hand, the former lightly cured and served ceviche with a sharp caper vinaigrette, while a celebration of Jerusalem artichokes – roasted and crisped – paired with a smoked aubergine purée and Highland crowdie, works on composite levels of texture and flavour, making for an elegant appetiser. Mains strike a similar tone – squid ink gnocchi is a colourful partner for salmon and salt-baked beetroot, while roast chicken breast is full of earthy joy with a fricassée of wild mushrooms, squash and chestnuts, all bound nicely by a savoury barley milk. With the Chip now celebrating its 45th year, any thoughts of tiredness or complacency are misplaced. This Glasgow institution adeptly balances the comfort of the national cuisine (homemade stovies are a must) with a progressive touch, keeping its brasserie at the top end of bistro dining.
- High point: Plaudits for a well-balanced beetroot chocolate mousse
- Low point: Side of vegetables made for slim pickings
- Notable dish: Salmon fillet, squid ink gnocchi, salt-baked beetroot
- Private dining: Up to 45 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Inaudible
- Live entertainment: Jazz band first Saturday of the month. Occasional piping and Scottish music sessions.
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 1971
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 46
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle