- Telephone 0141 222 2884
- Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sat noon-9.45pm; Sun noon–8.45pm.
- Average price £19 (lunch); £19 (evening meal)
- Website www.thefinniestonbar.com
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
So comfortable is this contemporary fish restaurant and bar of its niche on the Finnieston strip, its owners have opened a sister spot a few doors along in Porter & Rye. While they both favour stylish mixed drinks and stripped stone walls, it’s only here, in this low-ceilinged building, its exterior a distinctive shade of North Sea grey-blue, that you’ll dine on Scottish catch among quirky nautical-themed trappings from old boat rigging to chunky wooden tables. Squeeze yourself into a booth by the open fire – and we do mean squeeze, they’re tighter than a cockle shell – for a meal you won’t want to rush. Small plate starters include braised Scottish squid, somewhat overpowered by its chorizo and spiced almond accompaniments but a fine appetiser. Mains are all about fresh fish, be it salmon or sea bream, cooked how you like with your choice of sides and sauce, or an upscale fish supper of battered or breadcrumbed cod, haddock or coley, served with delicious homemade tartare sauce and chunky triple-cooked chips of the highest order. Cut straight to liquid dessert after that and a gin classic, highball, martini or a few of each.
- High point: Loads of wines served by the glass
- Low point: Get used to banging your knees in the booths
- Notable dish: Coley in breadcrumb with triple-cooked hand-cut chips, homemade tartar sauce, pea compote and jar of pickles
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Soul
- Capacity: 68
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: Sep 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 26
- House wine: £18 per bottle
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