Hutchesons City Grill
- Telephone 0141 552 4050
- Opening times Mon–Fri 9am–midnight; Sat/Sun 10am–midnight.
- Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am
- Food served Mon–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri–Sun 10am–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–6pm
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website hutchesonsglasgow.com
Plush and ornate, Hutchesons drips with luxury, with a low-lit cocktail bar and a vast dining room serving beautiful food.
The architecturally incredible, grade A listed building that is Hutchesons, was once a hospital (they don’t make them like that anymore). It oozes opulence, with marble floors and a grand staircase leading to an extravagant, high-ceilinged dining room with gold-leafed cornicing. The restaurant has been tastefully decorated in a 1930s theme, punctuated with an abundance of bottles of Veuve Clicquot. Steaks here are excellent and taken very seriously. A special reserve cuts menu is distributed with the à la carte, and servers parade boards of huge, bloody, speciality steaks such as tomahawk or porterhouse cuts, for diners to gape at. Other main courses such as cod fillet are expertly cooked, and a side of luxurious, creamy mac and cheese is ridiculously good, while wines like the jammy tasting Argentine Malbec are wonderful to wash it all down with. A lonely floret makes up the roasted cauliflower starter; however, it looks stunning served on a massive plate, encircled by rich sauce and pomegranate seeds. The Thai-cured salmon starter features fragrant flavours and gratifying textures. Overall, this beautiful yet relaxed restaurant is ideal for anything from a great steak dinner to a special occasion.
For years Glasgow waited for life to return to the old Hutcheson Hospital, a glorious 19th-century building in the heart of the Merchant City. Following success with the Butchershop, James Rusk teamed up with the building’s owners The National Trust for Scotland to create an elegant restaurant that would shine in any city. From a cocktail bar and café on the ground floor, resplendent in marble, mirrors and palm fronds; to the sumptuous brassiere and its huge ornate ceiling, the restoration is glorious, but similar attention has been paid to the dining experience. The cocktail list is excellent and the menu is shaped from the best of Scotland’s larder. A meaty dressed crab to start is topped with shaved egg, while mixed shellfish on ice certainly looks the part. The quality continues into mains dominated by meat and seafood. A roasted monkfish tail shows there’s more to the kitchen than steak, though a fillet with scallops is immensely satisfying. A light blancmange served with raspberry sorbet rounds off a meal perfectly, but not even that can come close to the experience of being immersed in part of Glasgow’s architectural history.
- Private dining: Up to 18 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Funk, jazz and R&B
- Live entertainment: DJs in downstairs bar
- Capacity: 85 (brasserie) / 55 (cafe-bar)
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £19 per bottle
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