Neighbourhood bistro focused on seasonal fish and meat in a cosy and relaxed setting.
Opening its doors back in the primordial days of Finnieston’s current boom time (2004), this neighbourhood bistro has an inviting, unfussy feel. Expect fishy dishes like gin-cured salmon, boxing clever with a tonic gel, celeriac and puffs of crispy rice. Or a starter of ham hough served as a crunchy, textured bonbon, with piccalilli, tempura cauliflower and slices of apple. For mains go no further than their super fresh seafood, such as sea bass fillet with smoky calamari, buttery potato mousse, creole sauce and the welcome crunch of peppers. If you’re so inclined, the flat iron steak doesn’t disappoint either – joined alongside it is a mini ox cheek pie, horseradish dauphinoise and a red wine jus. Desserts carry on the quality from the kitchen – there’s a sticky ginger sponge with lime marmalade crumb and crème pâtissière (read posh custard), or an orange and almond cake with custard and pumpkin parfait. Perhaps not as on-trend as its newer neighbours, Fanny’s is easy-going with a focus on good ingredients and seasonal produce. What more could one need?
While new openings are celebrated every other weekend in fashionable Finneston, Fanny Trollope’s has been part of the local area before the local area became the place to be seen. Its ethos of cooking with quality locally sourced produce hasn’t changed over the last 14 years, though a change in policy away from BYOB at the turn of the year may test the resolve of some regulars. The interior is small and it can be a popular and busy place. The kitchen does a top job of turning out a menu with its own personality, such as sweet and sharp crab and chilli mash, which is served alongside a crispy sea bass fillet. Pigeon breast is peppery and rich, with a blend of mushroom and cabbage that only add to the earthy flavours of the dish. The vegetable accompaniments can be on the light side, however, so the optional sides are worth considering. Desserts are light enough that you won’t feel stuffed afterwards – particularly if you opt for the pineapple carpaccio, served with coconut ice cream. In an area awash with eateries, this old favourite still excels.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: 70s/80s/90s pop/rock, and they always put on an artist if they're playing the Hydro that night
- Capacity: 42
- Largest group: 8
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £20 per bottle