- Telephone 0141 553 1010
- Opening times Mon–Sun noon–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 4–7.30pm; Fri 4–7pm; Sat 4–6.30pm
- Average price £15 (lunch); £24 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15
- Website www.arisaigrestaurant.co.uk
Contemporary Scottish bar and restaurant offering a wide choice of traditional dishes amid the bustle of the city’s historic Merchant Square.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
If you’re after an all-round snapshot of traditional Scottish cuisine then Arisaig may well meet your expectations. Quality Scottish ingredients include Perthshire beef and venison, fresh catch of west coast crab, scallops and Shetland mussels and salmon, plus there’s a cracking choice of gins, vodkas, beers, cider, rum and whiskies, all from Scotland. The venue sits amid the hubbub of the twinkly lit and cobble-stoned Merchant Square courtyard, where regular entertainment and craft market stalls sit side by side with its diners, enjoying dishes from a kitchen that knows how to pack enough flavour punch to satisfy. Bite into a starter of oat and breadcrumb-coated Clava brie to release a flow of velvety creaminess – its accompanying cranberry and redcurrant compote has just enough sharpness to cleanse the tongue. Rump of lamb could be more evenly tender, yet flavour is balanced with butter bean and smoked pancetta cassoulet. There’s no skimping on provenance for dessert either – queen of tarts is a snappy, buttery shortbread base with fresh and zingy Chantilly cream enriched by a scattering of fresh red and black berries.
- High point: Great taster of Scottish food and drink
- Low point: Traditional dishes aren't always the most imaginative
- Notable dish: Queen scallop and west coast crab linguine
- Private dining: Up to 60 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £17 per bottle