- 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
- Average price £20 (set lunch); £40 (set evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £20
- Website www.cailbruich.co.uk
Among Glasgow’s most attentive dining experiences, where seasonality, exceptional sourcing and attention to detail create a winning formula.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Since opening 10 years ago, Cail Bruich has garnered a string of awards built on its culinary ethos of quality, inspired and inventive cuisine, led by brothers Paul and Chris Charalambous. After a refurb in 2015, the restaurant has a modern, natural look and feel to it, offering an open view to the kitchen to glimpse the chefs, while a NOMA hardcover sits alongside premium Scottish spirits, botanicals and craft ales behind the copper topped bar. Menus evolve each season bringing fresh ideas and unusual ingredients, many of which are hand-foraged. With years of experience in classical and modern techniques these guys know how to turn on the wow factor. A starter of sea bream ceviche, avocado purée, burnt citrus and fennel is fabulously fresh – all the elements interwoven with precision and balance like an art piece. Plump golden raisins and brown shrimp butter work gloriously against a main dish of sweet hake, with roasted cauliflower adding another delicious texture dimension. Valrhona Manjari delice (your unconventional chocolate orange) tastes rich, dark and decadent with just enough tang from the mandarin sorbet to leave a cleansing finish.
- High point: Inspired dishes with soul and passion
- Low point: Still to try the six-course tasting menu
- Notable dish: Mushroom agnolotti, violet artichoke, roasted garlic, aged cheddar
- 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)
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