The Fish People Café
A Glasgow institution determined to bring the freshest fish to your plate, with light-touch cooking and creative twists.
The Fish People Café, along with the adjoining fishmonger that spawned it, has earned the status of Glasgow institution, and for good reason. It’s situated in a bit of a no-man’s land, but what it lacks in postcode it more than makes up for in warm welcomes and character. The chequered tiled floor and marble bar are elegant and transportive – more becoming of Paris than Glasgow. Crucially, the fish people serve their name proud. The menu is refined and full of fresh Scottish catch, with a few vegetarian and meat options thrown in. And from the maritime wash of fresh and saline oysters, to Barra scallops served with smoked anchovies – the food doesn’t disappoint from the get-go. It’s a kitchen that isn’t afraid to switch things up either – take the swordfish sashimi served with pickled ginger, wasabi and nori. Or even better – tandoori-baked Anglesey sea bass in curry oil – yielding flakes of melt-in-the-mouth fish aglow with spice. In short, it’s a place that understands the allure of simplicity first and foremost – fruits of the sea, expertly sourced and deftly handled.
So far as locally sourced produce goes, you can’t say much fairer than the fish market directly adjacent to your restaurant. Indeed, it was the Fish People fishmongers – based beside Shields Road Subway – who were responsible for founding this place, which explains its somewhat out of the way location. Be sure it’s worth the trip. Compact as the place may be, the café designation does the place little justice – this is a quality restaurant in all but name. Nor should you let the slightly naff exterior dissuade you as to how smart it looks within, between a marble-topped bar, green leather clad chairs and stools and gleaming glass wear. These fish people don’t just know how to pick the finest fruits of the sea but what to do with them, too. Lightly battered goujons of sole with a caper crème fraîche dipper is a simple starter impeccably made. Mains like Portland crab linguine with coriander, chilli and lemon and Anglesey sea bass rubbed in curry oil and served with spiced basmati rice treat common catches in unconventional ways. Were the rich chocolate tart with puff candy and salted caramel ice cream a fish it would sink it’s so deliciously indulgent.
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 32
- Largest group: 38
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 30
- House wine: £22 per bottle
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