The Sisters Kelvingrove
- Telephone 0141 564 1157
- Bar open Licensed to midnight
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–9.15pm; Sun noon–8.30pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu noon–7.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–6.30pm; Sun noon–8.30pm
- Average price £12 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.thesisters.co.uk
Traditional Scottish recipes using well-sourced seasonal ingredients served in a relaxed and stylish tenement dining room in the heart of Finnieston.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Beyond the traditional tenement façade and old stone steps, this venue feels more grown-up than its Jordanhill counterpart. In the dining room and two private booths, striking artwork by Philip Raskin captures mood, light and textures of Scotland’s coastline against natural wood flooring and hues of slate grey and plaid. It retains the same warm welcome and traditional Scottish recipes among its menus. A refreshingly light risotto starter comes infused with subtle pieces of Uist smoked haddock and winter leeks. It’s topped with a Corrie Mains Farm poached egg that oozes flavour and colour into the rice. Sunday roast is snapped up fast – the most tender roast Scotch beef with puffed Yorkshire pudding, glossy gravy jus and all the familiar root veg trimmings. Other mains such as fillet of Shetland salmon stay true to the kitchen’s sourcing policy. Salmon skin is perfectly crisp, flesh is firm yet silky and chunky buttery veg arrive al dente to retain all their deep earthy flavours. To finish, hit the sweet spot with the likes of puff candy meringue, honeycomb ice-cream with hot butterscotch sauce. Or, if you’ve never tasted clootie dumpling, then this is the place to try it.
- High point: Lovely service
- Low point: Menus very similar
- Notable dish: Sunday roast dinner
Set in what was once a tenement front room, with elegant slate-grey furnishings, atmospheric artwork and an ornate fireplace, The Sisters Kelvingrove is petite-yet-chic. Jacqueline O’Donnell, owner of both Sisters restaurants, is something of an ambassador for using Scottish produce – especially after appearing on BBC Two’s Great British Menu in 2014. That means you’ll see such dishes as Ardunan farm rare-breed pork belly cooked in Thistly Cross cider or Shetland mussels with chorizo and chilli in the starters section, and Highland venison with braised vegetables or Campbell’s Gold steak for main courses. For starters, a poached egg bursts all over a steaming plate of smoked haddock risotto, while the tangle of crunchy leeks perched on top give the dish added texture. For a succulent, seriously Scottish affair of a main course, go for the ten hour-cooked beef cheeks, which melt on top of a mushroom stuffed with Dingwall haggis. When coupled with pepper sauce, the dish is rich, spicy and delicious. Seeing as O’Donnell cut her kitchen teeth as a pastry chef, you will definitely want to leave a little room for dessert. The locally ‘famous’ puff candy meringue with honeycomb ice-cream covered in hot, gooey butterscotch sauce is truly celestial.
Run by the O'Donnell sisters, The Sisters forms a pair of modern Scottish restaurants serving inventive yet unpretentious cuisine from separate locations across Glasgow. This Kelvingrove branch is decked out in sleek contemporary décor, with a snug open fire to warm the monochrome tones. The kitchen larder is stuffed with local produce, from prime Castle Douglas beef to creel-caught langoustines fresh from the West Coast. A snug private dining area seats up to eight people.
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- Private dining: Up to 10 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Calm easy listening, folky tunes.
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle
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