Mesa

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Mesa
567 Duke Street, Glasgow, G31 1PY
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9am–5pm
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East End sister venue to the Southside's Café Strange Brew, with a similar focus on breakfast, brunch and great coffee.

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When Café Strange Brew owner Laurie MacMillan and one of the chefs — Sardinian Andrea Bartolini — announced a co-venture in Dennistoun, people across town got very excited. Rarely has brunch been so anticipated. This isn’t Strange Brew 2 – there’s a more chilled demeanour and a different menu, but the same canny combo of pretty plates with a bit of rock’n’roll attitude is definitely on show. Pancakes arrive with a poached pear, a fig, and a remarkably floral Middle Eastern panacotta called ‘malabi’, all under honey-sweet dukkah. Very cool, very tasty. Tom Waits looks down from the open brick wall, and anything from A Tribe Called Quest to the Stone Roses might be playing. The east end (of the Med) dominates the culinary influence, while embracing both seasonality and locality. A salty, cutting, lamb shakshuka in a skillet stands out, as does a vibrant pastrami sandwich on thick, tuggy bread. A welcome addition, not just to the neighbourhood, but to the whole city.

The List's rating
8.2

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David James Kirkwood visited Mesa on 6 March 2019
  • High point: Dishes not found anywhere else in town
  • Low point: It's very small
  • Notable dish: Pancakes with poached pear, figs and malabi
  • Average price: £13 (lunch)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Hip. Hop. Rock. And. Roll
  • Capacity: 20
  • Open since: 2019

Reviews & features

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