This restaurant has ceased trading.

141 Elderslie Street, Glasgow, G3 7AW
  • Telephone 0141 237 7141
  • Food served Tue–Fri 8am–-10pm; Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 10am–6pm. Closed Mon.
  • Average price £5.50 (set lunch); £14 (evening meal)
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Having suffered a biblical-style disaster of fire and flood from above that forced closure for a couple of months in early 2013, owner Jon McDonald spent the first anniversary of opening his excellent neighbourhood café-bistro twiddling his thumbs and tweaking the regularly changing seasonal menu. After filling a considerable Euro-British food gap in a fairly barren dining area, Sideways’ welcome return brought the same cool, laid-back vibe, great indie soundtrack and enticing food from breakfast through to dinner. The bright interior, helped by pale wood furnishings, is compact yet tables are sensibly spaced, leaving room to relax, and for the workday takeawayers to grab a range of sandwiches, soups and the daily option ‘from the pot’ – be it Italian sausage stew, risotto or similar one-pot dishes. Brunch options, from a full fry to pancakes or chargrilled sardines, are served through the daytime. For a more substantial meal, there is diligently prepared, imaginative food, all well presented and at good-value prices. Starters show the kitchen's enthusiasn with home-cured bacon enlivening a vibrant grilled salad with blue cheese. The menu changes seasonally, though popular dishes from the half-dozen or so mains linger, such as the richly flavoured braised shoulder of lamb with crispy potatoes, flatbread and crème fraîche. Lighter seafood options feature, such as simply grilled fillet of sole with lemon and caper butter or crab, dressed up and zesty. There is good drinking, too, with Scottish and UK craft brewers making appearances, such as William Bros, Norwich's Redwell brewery or the Wild Beer Co, plus a good wine list. Whether it be the enticing food and drink, the chilled but enthusiastic service or the cool music, Sideways is one of the best of its kind in Glasgow.

  • High point: Effortlessly cool, with food and drink to match
  • Low point: The music stops when you leave the building
  • Average price: £5.50 (set lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Various Indie bands
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £15 per bottle