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–Thu 5–6.45pm, 9.30–10pm; Fri/Sat 5–6.45pm, 9.30–10.30pm
- Average price £16 (set lunch); £28 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £16
- Website www.twofatladiesrestaurant.com
Simple, old-school dining in this small, boutique-style restaurant near Blythswood Square, specialising in fish and shellfish.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Like its sisters, the City Centre branch of the Two Fat Ladies has a pleasingly genteel feel. Black cast-iron fish scales snake their way around the outside of the restaurant – a nice, inviting feature. Inside the small, narrow dining room has a time-honoured style, which could lend itself well to special occasions or romantic evenings. The sterling silver cutlery, smart waiting staff in well-pressed aprons, and cool jazz on the stereo add to the classy atmosphere. Snazzy seafood dishes dominate – with a couple of meat and vegetable options – such as a small starter of shredded kohlrabi and crab, made memorable by sweet pomegranate purée against slightly bitter sesame seeds and tahini – a beautiful symmetry of flavours. Mains include halibut fillet with a wonderful coriander and lemon crust served with chorizo cassoulet, or whole roast sea bream stuffed with wild mushrooms, shallots and thyme. Dessert, as at all of the Two Fats, is a must-have course, offering delights such as creamy cheesecake with smashed kiwi balanced against crunchy biscuit and crushed Brazil nuts – a dish capable of sending sweet-lovers into a state of nirvana.
- High point: Some very nice dishes
- Low point: Dining room a little cramped
- Notable dish: Kiwi fruit cheesecake on brazil nut shortbread
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: Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Classic jazz
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £18.45 per bottle