Downstairs at Stravaigin
28–30 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
  • Telephone 0141 334 2665
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–1am
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am-1am
  • Food served Mon–Fri 5–11pm; Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 11am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5–7pm
  • 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.

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With a café-bar that is one of the most consistently good casual dining options in town, what’s to coax you past it towards Stravaigin’s pricier basement restaurant? In terms of décor – earthy colours abound – there’s not much to distinguish upstairs from down (indeed, Monday-Wednesday the restaurant menu is served on the café-bar mezzanine). Rather its what goes on in the open kitchen – the first sight to greet you at the foot of the stairs – that’s the selling point. The restaurant menu gives chefs here a chance to get that bit more involved when it comes to the colours, textures and flavours of their trademark fusion of local produce and world cuisine. It’s the kind of place where haggis, neeps and tatties comfortably sits side by side as a starter with pork belly served in a bacon dashi Asian soup. Or where North African spiced ras el hanout lamb neck – the gorgeously tender and succulent meat contrasted with the satisfying crunch of pomegranate and pistachio – is at home as a main course next to Shetland cod with langoustine jus. Chocolate orange gateau basically elevates the humble Jaffa Cake to gourmet proportions.

The List's rating






Malcolm Jack visited Stravaigin on 15 March 2018
  • High point: Waiting staff know their dishes and wine list back to front
  • Low point: You might feel a little hidden away on a quiet night
  • Notable dish: Ras el hanout lamb neck
  • Average price: £20 (lunch); £20 (dinner)
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  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 1994
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 21
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Q&A: Kenny Mackay – Stravaigin

27 Oct 2014

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