Fondue, moules-frites, continental beers and wines at this comfortable and spacious Franco-Belgian restaurant and bar.
Open since November 2018, Jacques is the ‘wee brother’ to Brel on Ashton Lane. While it lacks the beer garden and conservatory that helped make the original a West End institution, the new Finnieston outpost stays faithful to the continental theme, and the menu, while not identical to Brel’s, shows a distinct family resemblance. Jacques is big on cheese, with fondue a daily fixture and a giant melting wheel of raclette featuring on Sundays, plus there’s a tendency for the stuff to turn up elsewhere – Toulouse sausage and chips comes with a little pot of grated comté on the side. The Franco-Belgian alliance carries through to big bowls of mussels with chips, while the ‘poisson frites’ is a reassuringly Scottish piece of haddock in a light, crisp beer batter. Enterprisingly, Jacques offers a vegan cheese fondue, as well as a vegan seitan sausage and a chickpea burger. Bare brick walls, bar stools and well-upholstered booths give the interior a comfortable pub-like feel, complemented by a wide-ranging drinks list naturally including half a dozen Belgian beers, as well as more than 20 different gins.
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: 80s pop music
- Live entertainment: Popular special events such as cheese and wine pairing nights, live DJ Friday night
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: November 2018
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
- House wine: £19 per bottle