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
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