Brutti Ma Buoni
- Telephone 0141 552 0001
- Opening times Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Sun 8am–midnight
- Food served Mon–Fri 9am–10pm; Sat/Sun 9am–10pm
- Average price £5 (set lunch); £14 (evening meal)
- Website www.brunswickhotel.co.uk
Part of the Brunswick Hotel, Brutti Ma Buoni is a continental-feeling bar with a chilled-out, cool vibe.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Reminiscent of a bar somewhere warmer than Scotland thanks to its chilled tunes and glass frontage overlooking a good-sized terrace, this is a venue with an altogether different feel from its super-luxe Merchant City peers. Informal dining is the name of the game at Brutti ma Buoni (Italian for ‘ugly but good’), though it should be said that the bar’s title is something of a misnomer seeing as its interiors and dishes are rather attractive. Its capacious menu is Med-inspired and features brutti breads, a kind of thin, wonky pizza with gregarious toppings such as Italian beans and rosemary, plus there’s an array of small plates including seared artichokes guaranteed to cut through the generous amount of oil used to cook deep-fried halloumi and flash-fried prawns. Equally, it’s a fine spot to enjoy a pleasingly warmed Rioja or Aperol Spritz without food, gazing out of the floor-to-ceiling windows and dreaming of sunnier climes.
- High point: Unusually relaxed for the Merchant City
- Low point: Jostling for a much-coveted sunny seat outside
- Notable dish: Italian bean, rosemary and parmesan 'brutti' bread
- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 19
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chilled club, requests taken
- Live entertainment: Weekly live DJs and club nights (on an ad hoc basis)
- Capacity: 52 (6 outdoors)
- Largest group: 22
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle
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