- Telephone 01698 818444
- Food served Mon 4pm–late; Tue–Sun noon–late
- Average price £14 (set lunch); £25 (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.
One of Lanarkshire's most acclaimed restaurants, Smiths is a place that has more than a few awards on its mantelpiece. It is a charming family affair situated on Uddingston’s quiet high street. White linen and warm walls set the scene, and there’s a special-occasion formality about proceedings from the friendly, informative waiting staff. The menu features well-presented cuisine utilising local produce – freshness and seasonality being key. Parma ham-wrapped chicken is soft and sweet, contrasting well with red pepper terrine, while a main of delicately braised blade of beef is enriched by a red wine sauce, with balance found in a light, creamy mash and crisp greens, while for those not wishing for complications on their plate, the fish and chips is excellent. Desserts are of a high standard and the locally sourced ice-cream is worthy of the cakes it complements. It can be difficult to entice diners away from nearby Glasgow or from the far corners of Lanarkshire, but former catering college lecturer Michael Smith’s vision of French-style cuisine will repay even much longer journeys.
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle