In Glasgow’s West End, this relaxed bistro draws on Scottish seasonal ingredients and global inspiration to deliver something out of the ordinary.
It’s easy to miss this small but nicely formed hideaway at the bottom of Byres Road, where a single glass door opens into a surprisingly deep room, dressed to a rustic bistro elegance with smart wooden tables and an open kitchen overlooked by an extra mezzanine level. Chef Gerry Mulholland specialises in crafting solid mains embellished with a wide palette of colourful highlights and flavour bombs. Starter of pastrami of venison boasts slices of soft-textured meat with smoky depth, boosted with sparkling blobs of funky wasabi mayonnaise. Main of pork belly is exquisitely handled, served in a vivid nest of dazzling apple and vanilla sauce alongside a crunchy spring onion croquette and dabs of light celeriac purée. Leave room for some vibrant arty puddings such as the cappuccino, a deconstructed sweep of elements which mimic a fine coffee buzz using chocolate soil, meringue and cremuex, dotted with sweet milk gel. Attentive service, a fine wine list and a host of special menu deals to suit most budgets helps keep No16 ahead of the game at this hyper-competitive edge of the market.
- Private dining: 16 (upstairs)
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Laid back mood music
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 1999
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle
Reviews & features
Sixteen again25 Jun 2009
A few years back, Joel Pomfret worked front-of-house at No Sixteen on Byres Road for Margaret and Ronald Campbell, the couple who had established the bijou restaurant as one of the most fondly regarded bistros in Glasgow’s West End. Working alongside…