- Telephone 0141 339 2544
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–9pm; Sun 1–2.30pm, 5.30–8.30pm
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5.30–6.30pm
- Average price £14.95 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.number16.co.uk
In Glasgow’s West End, this relaxed bistro draws on Scottish seasonal ingredients and global inspiration to deliver something out of the ordinary.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Modest exteriors can be deceptive. For a small, mezzanined venue, Number 16 is surprisingly spacious inside, with whitewashed exposed brickwork, brass lanterns hanging from driftwood and gorgeous oak beams. It all makes for a pleasingly natural sanctuary to enjoy seasonal Scottish produce and continental flavours, delivered with plenty of imagination and flair. Deep-red beetroot gazpacho, refreshing dill crème-fraîche and strips of nutty pumpernickel bring texture, colour and classic flavours to a delicious starter of Shetland mackerel. A must-try are Shetland Black potatoes, all earthy, floury and buttery – as tattie flavour goes, it doesn’t get better that this. Main dish options break the norm, with the likes of venison casserole, chicken and creamy leek pie, warm aromatic chickpea ragù with pickled veg, or pan-fried bream with smoked haddock kedgeree and curry sauce. For dessert, texture precision is evident in the dreamy smooth yoghurt panacotta complemented with lovely tangy fresh raspberry sorbet and winter berries. A true neighbourhood hotspot, offering good-value market menus matched by friendly service.
- High point: Well-sourced ingredients and inspired menu
- Low point: Going back to work after lunch
- Notable dish: Yoghurt panacotta with raspberrry sorbet
- 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
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