Two Fat Ladies in the City

Two Fat Ladies in the City
118a Blythswood Street, Glasgow, G2 4EG
  • 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
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Classic city centre restaurant with a marine theme serving fresh seafood and Scottish dishes.

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This charming restaurant offers a relaxed setting for diners who can expect skilfully cooked fresh fish and inventive starters and desserts. Situated close to Blythswood Square, it offers alternative eating experiences for those in the nearby hotels as well as a comfortable well laid out dining area perfect for couples, informal working lunches and celebration meals. Mains and starters are predominantly fish although vegetarians and meat-eaters can expect to be delighted, too. The lunch and early evening table d’hote menu is carefully designed to demonstrate the skills of the chefs and is outstandingly good value for two or three courses. Linen tablecloths and napkins coupled with attentive service create a sense of luxury yet the overall ambience is informal. The fillet of sea bream accompanied by a tangy beetroot purée and crunchy chili sweetcorn gives a contemporary textured twist to this ubiquitous fish. The à la carte menu offers luxurious fish dishes such as the plate-lickingly delicious whole sole cleverly combined with crayfish and a caper and lemon butter. To finish, the creamy, tangy passion fruit cheesecake is seductive indeed.

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Jane Allan visited Two Fat Ladies in the City on 10 February 2018
  • High point: Three types of delicious bread accompany every meal
  • Low point: Mushrooms sparse in mushroom and leek risotto
  • Notable dish: Whole sole with crayfish and lemon butter
  • Average price: £16 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
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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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