- Telephone 01698 818444
- Food served Mon 4pm–late; Tue–Sun noon–late.
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu all night; Fri/Sat 4–6pm.
- Average price £14 (set lunch); £26 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £17.50
- Website www.smithsrestaurants.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
Chef-proprietor Michael Smith has worked hard to create a winning formula at his cosy Uddingston restaurant: deceptively simple bistro cooking that lets top-end Scottish produce speak for itself. SmithS won Scottish Restaurant of the Year at the Scottish restaurant awards 2011 and its French-leaning fixed-price menus certainly seem to hit the right note with the dining public, thanks to a two-course dinner for under £15, or three for around £18. Dishes change with the seasons but you might find a rustic chicken and pheasant terrine served with apricot chutney among the starters; a seared bass with chive butter or slow-cooked feather blade of Scotch beef in red wine jus to follow. Puddings tend to be classics with an edge: ginger crème brûlée and poached pear or vanilla rice pudding with rhubarb compote.
Smiths is a classy affair situated on Uddingston’s quiet high street, where white linen and dark wood set the scene for a touch of special-occasion formality without ever getting stuffy. Far from it. The ever-changing menu utilises local, seasonal produce to impressive effect, presenting elegant bistro dishes like a starter of soft pork cheek, with a delicate Asian-inspired dressing of soy and sesame atop seasonal greens. Fish stands out; perhaps a pan-seared hake with braised fennel, cherry tomato and a crisp chorizo fishcake, or even good old fish'n'chips. It's often on the menu and always popular. Ditto, the roast featherblade of beef, and the flat iron steak – favourites among regulars. This is a kitchen that is modern, sensible, accomplished. And while it can be difficult to entice diners away from central Glasgow or from the far corners of Lanarkshire, Smiths close proximity to the train station is another plus.
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
- Capacity: 34
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle