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 1pm–6.15pm
- Average price £16 (set lunch); £26 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £16
- Website www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
Buzzy, confident city centre restaurant with consistently good cooking and some contemporary flourishes on the plate.
This is an establishment that knows what it is about. Staff are reassuring and friendly and the mouthwatering descriptions on the menu hint at the talents in the kitchen. Although a fish restaurant, there are plenty of choices for both veggies and meat-eaters. Presentation of every dish is picture perfect – from the precise drizzle of oil with the smoked salmon and creamed avocado starter to the crispy skinned sea bream fillet, placed in the centre of a plate of bright pea velouté and topped with delicate butternut squash spaghetti. An accompanying bowl of chunky potatoes and seasonal veg is the only foray into informality. Desserts keep the level of performance high, typically combining comforting crèmes and toasted nut textures with a lemon balm garnish and a vivacious fruit coulis – presented in a beautiful teardrop shape. Rest assured – it all tastes as good as it looks. Remarkably, an early evening diner can enjoy all three courses at this standard for less than £20. It is no wonder that so many of the local hotels recommend Two Fats to guests.
- High point: Both beautiful and tasty
- Low point: Cullen skink a bit heavy on raw syboes
- Notable dish: Sea bream with pea velouté and butternut squash spaghetti
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: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Classic souls and easy jazz
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle