Stravaigin Café Bar
- Telephone 0141 334 2665
- Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Fri 11am–1am; Sat/Sun 11am–1am
- Food served Mon–Fri 9am–11pm; Sat/Sun 11am–11pm
- Average price £18 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Website www.stravaigin.co.uk
Full of boho charm, Stravaigin Café Bar embodies the best of bistro dining – bold flavours, creative dishes and competitive pricing on a changing menu.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
By its most direct definition, Stravaigin means to wander, yet if it’s most recent menus are anything to go by, its etymology means it is moving towards Southeast Asia. This culinary influence is twinned with a commitment to using fine Scottish produce, evidenced, most accurately – and impressively too – by pork belly (from Ramsay of Carluke) paired with kimchi and sesame sticky rice cakes, all brought together with a punchy peanut ssamjang sauce. A simple-sounding kohlrabi noodle salad is testament to a deft hand in the kitchen – sweet crunchy veg working well with noodles dressed in sesame, ginger, lime and a decent chilli kick. There’s a welcome and light revision of a classic – roasted cod, benefitting from a buttermilk marinade, served with puréed and pickled peas and sharp tartar. The café bar at Stravaigin is set off from the adjoining bar and more formal dining downstairs and so may seem to achieve its bistro status by positioning alone, yet its use of bold, imaginative flavours and showcasing of local ingredients ensures this status is clearly evidenced in its food, too.
- High point: Cracking Hungarian pinot noir sub £20
- Low point: Trio of tasting doughnuts a tad he
- Notable dish: Pentland pheasant breast and sausage, cannellini bean stew
True to its ‘think global, eat local’ mantra, dishes here evoke a culinary wanderlust across the Asian-Pacific and beyond; the finest sourced produce from Scottish farmers and coastal waters meet with exotic spices from afar to elevate the senses. An exemplar of neighbourhood casual dining, it’s a friendly, feel-good homestead – all natural materials and upcycled wood furnishings etch its boho character. Evolutionary thinking behind its seasonal al la carte, breakfast and brunch menus delivers on value too. Starter of Orkney crab cake is moist and light with good texture-flavour balance – crunchy sweet potato crumb, complemented by pickled red chillis, sharp tamarind mayonnaise and earthy rocket and beet salad. Flavours run deep in the roast pork belly and prawns, kimchi jjigae hot pot with boiled egg. Signature spice route ‘curry of the moment’ is beautifully aromatic too with a cheeky kick to finish. While Louisiana spicing adds another dimension to naturally firm and subtle sweet hake with pumpkin and lime rice, green chilli sauce and tempura okra. For dessert, the moist frangipan cake topped with zingy lemon curd and home churned ice-cream is a delight. Meanwhile, fantastic wines spanning the globe will ease you into the wee hours.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Post-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Rock/pop
- Capacity: 100 (12 outdoors)
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 1994
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
- House wine: £17 per bottle
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