The Balcony Café
- Telephone 0141 427 9550
- Opening times Mon–Fri noon–10pm; Sat & Sun 10am–6pm.
- Seasonal times Opens at 11am on school holidays
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–9.30pm; Sat/Sun 10am–6pm.
- Average price £9 (lunch); £9 (evening meal)
- Website www.glasgowclimbingcentre.com
A gap year in cafe form that punches above its weight
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
To the uninitiated entering the Glasgow Climbing Centre is like walking into Tim Burton’s head. A tall ex-church with soaring walls and gothic spires with surreal, lumpy shapes spilling out of the eaves and strange figures dangling about. A spiral stair to the old choir loft reveals the Balcony Café, which attracts daytime lunchers and serious evening food-lovers, demonstrating that a good kitchen turning out imaginative, properly cooked food can pull in the punters no matter how incongruous the setting. Everything is freshly created by chefs who enjoy the buzz and love their vocation. There’s squash soup laced with breezy Thai highlights of coconut and lime leaves alongside the stuffed Ruben’s sarnie featuring oodles of peppery pastrami with slow-roasted onions and Bloody Mary mayo. Main of pulled pork enchilada is slow-cooked in Dr Pepper and seasoned with chipotle, smoked chilli, squashed into a bulky soft tortilla. Maybe not the classiest of settings, but the food really works.
- High point: Great cooking, great portions and great prices
- Low point: Slothful guilt amid the air of healthy activity
- Notable dish: Haggis nachos
Upstairs at The Glasgow Climbing Centre you will find a gem of a café.The Balcony is run by our fantastic Café Manager, Liam. He has created a menu of freshly made sandwiches and delicious main meals served along with our 'real bean' coffee. Pop in for great food, freshly prepared, and enjoy this unique venue. Watch others climbing, or use our free WiFi.
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- Private dining: Whole centre can be hired for climbing day.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2011