Sophisticated seafood restaurant and cocktail bar in a friendly harbourside-style pub setting.
The Finnieston may look like a casual harbourside-style pub but it is really a pretty sophisticated eatery. A commitment to Scottish produce is evident throughout the menu – most notably in signature Scottish fish and seafood from named suppliers. It also screams seasonality: in winter, roots, brassicas and nuts feature – sometimes taking centre stage (a vegetarian could dine like royalty). The results are delightful and surprising in equal measure. A very lightly pickled red cabbage sits beautifully with a charred mackerel that evokes a shoreline barbecue, while roast cauliflower and a celeriac purée lift tender scallops to even greater heights. Cauliflower, puréed this time, adds a duvet of comfort to roast sea bass. Slightly off continent is a millisecond-seared tuna with ginger and soy – but the accompanying slivers of carrot and daikon radish steer it back home. Puds join seasonal celebrations too – pumpkin parfait with cobnut brittle, salty pumpkin purée and sweet caramel is a real triumph. The bar in which cocktails are to the fore – the Botanical Elder, for instance, perfectly balances an Islay Botanist with apricot liqueur and elderflower tonic – deserves a visit in its own right.
- High point: Every dish thoughtfully created
- Low point: Strange configuration of toilets
- Notable dish: Scallops with celeriac purée and roast cauliflower
- Private dining: Up to 12 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Funk and soul
- Capacity: 46
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: Sep 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 35
- House wine: £18 per bottle