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
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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.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Downstairs at Stravaigin takes the whole culinary experience up a notch from that of the Café Bar above. Think fine dining minus the white linen – where precision, creativity and local sourcing are in abundance. Each element on the plate factors in a symphony for the senses. Pan-fried mackerel with red cabbage three ways is taste and texture artistry – from the crispy red cabbage twig embedded in earthy soft purée to the pickled mustard seeds popping in the mouth with a zing to contrast the sweet mackerel flesh on pomegranate and red cabbage relish. Braised lamb neck falls apart melting on the lips, while rack of lamb is pink-perfect, accompanied by spiced chana dhal and raita, sending taste buds tripping. It’s great to see the chefs at work as you enter this subterranean space, all cosy-lit, rustic yet stylish, with natural materials to evoke a relaxed feel-good vibe. Knowledgeable, friendly staff will guide you through pairing notes if needed. The drinks list is impeccable, too, with a dizzying choice of Scottish gins, malt whiskies, homespun cocktails, craft beers and global wines.

  • High point: Flavour and texture sensations
  • Low point: Hard to find fault
  • Notable dish: Confit pheasant leg lasagne, romanesco, spinach emulsion, buttermilk and parmesan
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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

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