Cail Bruich

Cail Bruich
725 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX
  • Telephone 0141 334 6265
  • Food served Mon/Tue 6–9pm; Wed–Sat noon–2pm, 6–9pm; Sun 1–7pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 6–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £20
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Cail Bruich

Among Glasgow’s most attentive dining experiences, where seasonality, exceptional sourcing and attention to detail create a winning formula.

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At Cail Bruich, great attention is paid to little details – the poise of the staff, the refinement of the décor, or the elegance of the introductory snacks. Those might include treats like Crowdie and salmon, encased in toasty buckwheat, or a preposterously full-on beef fat doughnut with cabbage and tongue. The smoked butter that accompanies the bread is legendary. Ingredients are foraged, others grown in their garden. In the kitchen there’s a swagger to proceedings, and an embrace of seasonality and big flavours: fattiness of partridge offset against pear, foie gras adding richness and balance. It’s good. But better is Goosnargh duck – robust breast, and leg meat that’s slow-cooked, juicy, pulled off the bone then artfully shaped into a terrine. Cubes of rhubarb jelly bring wintry sweetness and truly elevate things. Elsewhere, plates of mackerel, stone bass and skate wing show a more delicate side. On to some suitably luxurious desserts: chocolate torte is bitter, blunt and thoroughly grown-up, while a soufflé will rise, magnificently, then ooze with Yorkshire rhubarb, and proceedings close with the same assuredness with which they began.

  • High point: The wine matching and the sommelier
  • Low point: Various menus and options are a bit confusing
  • Notable dish: Goosnargh duck, rhubarb, salsify, cabbage
  • Average price: £20 (set lunch); £40 (set dinner)
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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: tasteful alternative pop/rock, not too loud
  • Capacity: 42
  • Largest group: 46
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 28
  • House wine: £22 per bottle
  • BYOB: no charge corkage (Mon/Tue)

Reviews & features

Cail Bruich West

4 Sep 2008

Gael force

No one quite expected the Gaelic renaissance to include food. Fiona Anderson took along her phrasebook for a meal in Glasgow's West End.