Urban Bar & Brasserie
- Telephone 0141 248 5636
- Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri & Sat 11am–midnight
- Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am
- Food served Mon–Thu 10:30am–-10pm; Fri/Sat 10:30am–10.30pm; Sun 12.30–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–6.15pm
- Average price £15.95 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.urbanbrasserie.co.uk
Whether a stop-off for a glass of fizz, a working lunch, or a romantic meal, this upmarket brasserie ticks all of the boxes in its prime city centre location.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Urban Bar and Brasserie lays a strong claim for being Glasgow’s most impressive-looking restaurant. Housed in the Bank of England’s former Scottish HQ, the grand entrance leads from a marbled bar into a dining area all brooding and dark with mahogany wood, leather banquettes, polished floorboards – perfectly counterposed with some flickering candlelight and art deco paintings. The menu’s identity draws, in part, from bistro classics – duck and chicken livers, braised ox cheek – with a touch of the cosmopolitan via a starter of salmon and halibut sashimi with wasabi and ponzo sauce. Brasserie dishes highlight the kitchen’s strengths – duck leg, its meat perfectly enriched and softened by virtue of being cooked confit, arrives with crisped skin, sitting on a butter bean and pancetta stew. More pared back in its composition is fillet of halibut, whose accompanying bisque is enlivened by the clever addition of star anise. Desserts are memorable through little tweaks – crème brûlée is elevated by a sharp lick of liquorice at its base, while a discerning sprinkle of salt maximises the flavour from two generous scoops of peanut butter ice-cream.
- High point: Expansive wine list from old to new world
- Low point: Paper-like tablecloths sit on top of linen
- Notable dish: Confit of duck
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Live entertainment: Pianist and vocalist every Friday & Saturday night.
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle