The Fish People Café
- Telephone 0141 429 8787
- Food served Tue–Thu noon–8.45pm; Fri/Sat noon–9.45pm; Sun noon–8.45pm. Closed Mon. Closed Mon
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Fri noon–6.30pm
- Average price £13 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £13.50
- Website www.thefishpeoplecafe.co.uk
Small, refined Southside seafood specialist with a stunning oyster bar, beautifully presented dishes, and fresh supplies from the adjacent sister shop.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The Fish People Café is so close to Shields Road subway station that it’s practically in it – meaning there’s no excuse not give it a visit. The small, elegant dining room manages to squeeze in a gorgeous marble oyster bar, topped off with champagne bottles. Black and white photos feature fishmongers and customers from the neighbouring shop – a reminder of the restaurant’s modest origins. Super fresh produce mean specials here are worthy, such as a cute bucket of plaice goujons with sweet chilli and coriander dipping sauce, or turbot fillet with a mound of spinach so big it would make Popeye whoop with excitement, with mussels and king prawns, all drenched in garlic butter. From the main menu, Portland crab and egg mayonnaise starter with excellent sourdough garlic toast is succesful despite the crab flavour floundering somewhat. Other dishes include delicious sole fillets with creamy sauce and puff pastry, or whole tandoori Anglesea sea bass with curry oil. To finish, toasted caramel mousse confronts the robust flavours of a striking sesame seed brittle, allowing a sweet, Pollokshields punch-up to take place on your tongue.
- High point: Excellent local and ethically sourced fish
- Low point: A few lacklustre flavours
- Notable dish: Special of turbot fillet with king prawns, mussels, spinach, ginger and garlic
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: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Quietly relaxing mood music
- Capacity: 38
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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