Number 16

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Number 16
16 Byres Road, Glasgow, G11 5JY
  • Telephone 0141 339 2544
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–9pm; Sun 1–2.30pm, 5.30–8.30pm
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Number 16

In Glasgow’s West End, this relaxed bistro draws on Scottish seasonal ingredients and global inspiration to deliver something out of the ordinary.

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This compact bistro has been occupying number 16 Byres Road for so long that it’s easy to make the mistake of taking it for granted, but there’s nothing stale about its reactive, seasonal cooking. It’s wise to call ahead for the fantastic value set lunch, even on a wet Wednesday – the split-level dining space feels spacious despite its size but can only seat 40 people. Whitewashed exposed brickwork and solid wood create a fresh, modern look, mirrored by an exciting and inventive menu that changes each week and is tweaked depending on what local forager Maxim has discovered on his travels in the area. An elegantly presented starter of roasted beetroot salad offers a satisfying mix of textures, combining creamy, salty gorgonzola with sweet fig, mizuna leaves, a smear of golden beetroot marmalade and the savoury crunch of puffed buckwheat. Moist roast chicken supreme with chanterelle mushrooms, fondant potato, and choucroute (an Alsatian cabbage dish), is a worthy follow-up and delivers a proper main course portion. Number 16 is always busy with contented diners, and deservedly so.

The List's rating






Colette Magee visited Number 16 on 12 March 2019
  • High point: Mint ice-cream flavoured with actual fresh mint
  • Low point: No pre-theatre
  • Notable dish: Wild bass, crushed pink fir potatoes, salsify, romanesco, clams
  • Average price: £17.95 (set lunch); £28 (dinner)
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  • Private dining: 16 (upstairs)
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: A bit of everything
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 23
  • Open since: 1999
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle

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