Good things come in small packages – and this compact sushi bar in Finnieston is a prime example.
Newcomer Cailin’s is one of Glasgow’s lesser-known sushi takeaways, but that’s changing thanks to its reputation for great prices, a packed menu with unlimited mix-and-match potential, and a commitment to fresh and healthy eating. The miso soup is aromatic, and the chicken dumplings crispy, while the sushi comes in bite-size hosomaki roll quartets, loosely packed gunkan cup duets with fillings such as crab meat or corn, or nigiri topped with the likes of omelette, eel or octopus. A mix of all three varieties costs as little as a fiver, while bigger platters and catering-size options are also available. The parsimoniously filled bento boxes and reams of plastic wrapping can make it all feel a little in-flight meal, but importantly the same can’t be said of the freshness. Everything is made on the day, with any leftovers at half price after 10pm.
Cailin’s Sushi is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it eatery in the heart of the Finnieston strip. Visually the small sushi spot has stayed sparse and unassuming in a part of town where style is king. A chalkboard of weekly specials above a fridge of ice tea and soft drinks is about the only thing to look at if you are dining in at one of the restaurant’s two small tables. Perhaps the stream of delivery drivers (from every imaginable online outlet) popping in and speeding off on their bikes with large takeaway orders has focused their attention on the food. The decision has paid off, with Cailin’s providing reliably good-quality dishes across a menu which excels at sushi. They do noodle dishes, bento boxes, sweet teriyaki donburi bowls and flex considerable muscle in these areas – but it makes good sense that they put sushi in their name. Some of the most imaginative sushi in the city is on offer here. Sea bass, surf clam and spiced tuna are among the highlights from a menu that is happy to push boundaries. Fans of authentic Japanese seafood rolls really must pay Cailin’s a visit. Or get them to come to you.
- High point: Creative sushi options
- Low point: Dining in is disrupted by amount of delivery drivers
- Notable dish: Seafood sushi selection
- Delivery: Mon–Thu noon–3pm/5-10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm. G1: £3; G2: £2.20; G3: £1.50; G4: £2 G11-12: £1.80 G20: £2.50 Use JustEat & Deliveroo
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 12
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2012