Two Fat Ladies in the City
- Telephone 0141 847 0088
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10.30pm; Sun 1–9pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm; 5–6.15pm, Sun 1–6.15pm
- Pre-theatre price £16
- Website www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
Classic city centre restaurant with a marine theme serving fresh seafood and Scottish dishes.
Taking its name from the currently shuttered 88 Dumbarton Road premises, the city centre establishment works on the same premise – fresh seafood in a comforting setting with smart and stylish fish-themed décor. Starters are as you’d expect from a Scottish-dedicated seafood place – the likes of Cullen skink or a dish of hot smoked salmon, served with pickled courgette, cucumber, apple and the odd parsnip crisp. The roasted cauliflower salad is more unusual, and comes with a punchy blue cheese cream and raspberry vinaigrette. For mains, there are scallops, mussels and a selection of plated fish dishes such as honey miso red mullet with parsnip purée and roasted broccoli, or a whole sole with orange, almond and caper butter. A dessert of chocolate ganache with pistachio coconut cream and cherry coulis is oh so rich – dark, decadent and moreish. Sticky toffee pudding and crème anglaise is, well, sticky and deliciously moist. There are a good choice of wines and beers, too, and plenty of dessert wine options for a super sweet end.
The second of three Two Fat Ladies Scottish-centric fish restaurants to be opened in Glasgow celebrates 10 years of city centre trading in 2015. It’s bigger and considerably brighter than the original branch in the West End, with front windows overlooking Blythswood Street letting in plenty of natural light. A preponderance of mirrors and mirrored partitions between tables mean you can view yourself eating from several different angles, which is slightly strange; make for the booths at the back if you can, which offer more intimacy. A salad starter of blue cheese, beetroot and red chard with pine nut and chard dressing scrimps dismayingly on the key component – you’ll find the cheese to be but a smear on the plate buried beneath some leaves. The thin mash with the cod fillet special is a similarly stingy serving. But quibbles about portions aside, they cook consistently well here across a seasonally changing menu. The beef fillet is a fine cut of mean beautifully done and complemented well by roast onions and a tangy blackberry jus with whole berries. The dark chocolate pave dessert with caramel and malted cream looks impressive and tastes even better. Based right in the heart of business and theatreland, this place can be buzzing any night of the week, so book ahead.
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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Best restaurants in Glasgow for good pre-theatre deals31 May 2018
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Whether you're after a quick pre-show drink and a bite to eat or three courses at a price that won't break the bank, Glasgow has plenty of pre-show dining deals so you don't have to go to the theatre on an empty stomach.