Downstairs at Stravaigin

Downstairs at Stravaigin
28–30 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
  • Telephone 0141 334 2665
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Fri 9am–1am; Sat/Sun 11am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Fri 5–11pm; Sat/Sun 11am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5–6.30pm
  • Average price £14.95 (set lunch); £24.50 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95
  • Email
  • Website www.stravaigin.com
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‘Think global, eat local’ is the mantra that underpins Stravaigin’s menus, showcasing the best local, seasonal Scottish produce in innovative ways.

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There can't be many restaurants where chefs greet you on entering as they toil over their creations from an open kitchen, but this quirky bit of room planning was just one of many innovations Stravaigin foisted on an eager public from its opening 20-odd years ago. The food back then was unusual, too. Lots of Asian influences and whizz-bang chemistry bursting on the tongue. But the punky young upstarts have matured over the years and settled into a more refined menu laden with sturdy Scottish staples bolstered by punchy seasonal veg and zingy micro herbs (many from their own small holding). Starter of queen scallops baked in shells with cheese and leek sauce is rich and creamy with a nicely blended set of flavours. From the mains a special of roast pheasant is attractively presented on a bed of panzanella salad laced with crunchy bread chunks and sweet roasted roots. Puddings have always been a highlight here and the chocolate and caramel fondant doesn’t disappoint with its soft crust, squidgy middle and crunchy bursts of honeycomb. Service is efficient, professional and friendly and the wine list is nicely balanced.

  • High point: A slick, stylish and professional operation
  • Low point: Cloakroom next to open kitchen means coats can carry lingering flavours
  • Notable dish: Stravaigin's own haggis
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  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: soft pop/easy listening
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 1994
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £18.45 per bottle

Reviews & features

Q&A: Kenny Mackay – Stravaigin

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

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29 Mar 2012

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