In Glasgow’s West End, this relaxed bistro draws on Scottish seasonal ingredients and global inspiration to deliver something out of the ordinary.
On a street where independently operated restaurants are now in the minority, Number 16, run by two old friends, is thriving – and deservedly so. The bijou dining area, split over mezzanine and ground floor levels, is all brickwork, beams and wooden tables, making for a pared-back yet effortlessly chic bistro. A first glance at the regularly changing pre-theatre and à la carte menu uncovers a philosophy of cooking that hones in on key seasonal ingredients without much need for embellishment. Roasted artichoke soup takes on the form of a velouté with its velvety texture, garnished with some sliced, pickled artichokes to cut through its richness. The under-used monkfish cheeks arrive as tender as the more popular tail, and with the addition of parmentier potatoes and sharp caper dressing, illustrating how a dish can come together perfectly with so few components. With its independent status, Number 16 represents a refreshing departure to the norm on Byres Road; in its assured cooking and highly professional front-of-house team, it cements itself as one of Glasgow’s finest.
- Private dining: 16 (upstairs)
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 23
- 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…