- Telephone 0141 553 1577
- Opening times Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 3.15–7pm; Sat 3.15–6pm; Sun 4.30–9pm
- Average price £11.50 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12.50 / £14.50
- Website www.citymerchant.co.uk
A taste of Scotland’s seas and fields, served in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City since 1988 at this rustic and relaxed venue.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Glasgow’s maritime heritage is celebrated at this seafarer-style taverna in the heart of the city’s stylish Merchant quarter. Rustic wooden panels, framed prints and stained-glass fishy murals set the scene – as does the menu, which boasts quality Scottish meat and fish suppliers, wild mushrooms from the Cairngorms and legendary ice-cream from Scots-Italian firm Equi’s. As a member of the Scotch Beef Club, there’s every opportunity to marry your surf with your turf with langoustine and lobster available if you’re prepared to push the boat out. Provenance shines through in the delicate whisky-cured salmon and creamy mackerel pâté, which has just the right balance of texture, flaked fish and citrus zest – though the wee ‘crisp’ oyster feels left out in the cold. Up for mains is a chunky portion of nicely cooked cod enveloped in lip-smackingly tasty baby caper and silky gherkin velouté, with crisp seafood bon-bons and mini roast tatties balancing ingredients well, while roast rump of Scottish lamb is cooked pink-perfect and is devoured with ease, alongside the accompanying braised lamb layered potato.
- High point: Well-sourced Scottish ingredients
- Low point: Cheeseboard straight from the fridge
- Notable dish: Poached fillet of cod
- Private dining: 16 in "VIP area", 45 in function suite
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 120 (+ 45 in function suite)
- Largest group: 160
- Open since: 1988
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle