The Left Bank

The Left Bank
33–35 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NU
  • Telephone 0141 339 5969
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 9am–midnight; Sat/Sun 10am–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 9am–midnight; Fri/Sat 9am–1am; Sun 10am–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–9pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 4.30–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £7.50 (choice of main courses)
  • Email
  • Website www.theleftbank.co.uk
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With its bijou mezzanine dining area and emphasis on accessible, creative cooking, this bistro is a West End favourite.

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Awards and shining reviews rolled in for this West End diner when it arrived on the Glasgow restaurant scene over a decade ago. Savvy enough to avoid the ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ temptation, the food has stayed fresh and innovative over the years. The Left Bank can be relied on to deliver a clever, well-judged menu. The Korean tofu starter is worth mentioning – creamy blocks of silken tofu are coated in a crunchy sesame batter and served on a bed of tangy ginger rainbow salad, a judicious match. Other highlights include fish curry and a rich tamarind dish of chargrilled halloumi and quinoa. You soon get the sense that the kitchen is so accomplished that you would be hard pushed to find a dud here. The convivial boho atmosphere pulls in an eclectic crowd of students, academics, workers and families who can be seen exchanging menu tips across the tables. This loyalty is a particular facet of the appeal and helps make it a lovely place to be. With food as unique and memorable as this, you might find yourself longing for a return visit.

The List's rating
9

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Tara Hepburn visited The Left Bank on 4 March 2018
  • High point: Quality dining in uniquely charming surroundings
  • Low point: Often a few large groups in at a time
  • Notable dish: Korean tofu
  • Average price: £8.50 (lunch); £18 (dinner)
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The Left Bank’s natural tones and textures create a pleasant neighbourhood haven for relaxing with friends over a well-prepared cocktail, decent glass of wine, refreshing pint or cuppa. The brunch menu stands out with the likes of heuvos mexicanos, Lebanese breakfast of shakshuka (spicy chickpea ragout and baked egg), fried halloumi, sautéed potatoes and warm pitta, or poached eggs five ways. For starters, green chilli garlic tiger prawns taste as good as they look, served on a banana leaf with side of aromatic coconut chutney and wafer thin crispy papads. Coriander chickpea fritters, moist and crumbly inside and nicely crisped on the outside are balanced by cooling yoghurt mint raita. Main of pork belly and crackling is a feisty portion, overcrowded by one too many veg which detract from the central ingredient. Scottish-Asian fusion is celebrated in the delicious black salmon fillet marinated in mirin and sake or try West Coast mussels in tam yam broth – a nice diversion from traditional haddock and chips or burger. To round things off it’s a toss up between a hot toddy and warm pecan brownie – resistance is futile.

  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rock/pop
  • Capacity: 78
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2006
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £17.45 per bottle

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