Small plates bring big flavours in this subtly stylish eatery with well-chosen wines, cleverly concocted cocktails, and an ethos of giving back.
Five March resides somewhere between Finnieston, Anderston, Kelvinbridge and Charing Cross — but most Glaswegians will probably agree that ‘just down from the start of the park’ will do. And what a locale it is. There aren’t really any other bars nearby, which works out nicely seeing as few restaurants in the city do as good a job of articulating that they’re also an out-and-out place to drink, with a long and separate space, some nice tap beer, and an engaging, concise cocktail list. So expect crowds aplenty at this beer garden when the sun’s out. It’s also a highly accomplished kitchen, executing small plate dining with a sense of identity and swagger. Zaalouk, a Moroccan aubergine and tomato dish, is vibrant in the mouth yet comforting, too, served with juicy falafel and flatbread. Mussels come in a sauce with a sledgehammer hit of wine and fennel sausage. The humble carrot is placed front-and-centre in a dish that works their natural sweetness round maple and seaweed. Those three plates also exemplify the ease with which this menu skips from Med to Middle East to East Asia at will, while maintaining a knowing cohesion of flavours throughout. That’s tough. The whole operation embraces trendy informality — as has become so familiar these days — but Five March’s execution is up there with the best.
- 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: Low key Cuban beats
- Capacity: 80 (24 outdoors)
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2018
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
- House wine: £22 per bottle
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