Understatedly stylish Southside joint specialising in steaks from North Lanarkshire and a wonderfully mellow vibe.
With its plinky plonky jazz, red leather seating, and baby grand piano, the McMillan’s contemporary classic design is stylish and finished to a high standard. A casual seating area with a roaring fire is off to one side of an elegant bar, while on the other side is the surprisingly huge restaurant, low-lit and casually classy. Food features dry-aged steaks from North Lanarkshire, such as a flat iron cut, which comes drenched in garlic butter. Other main courses such as fish and chips are pleasant, while mac and cheese has the bonus of truffle oil, making it luxurious and addictive. Everything comes prettily presented, including a halloumi starter with brioche – golden chunks of cheese on a stack of soft onions and vibrant cherry tomatoes, surrounded by a swirl of pesto oil. The affogato looks brilliant in its simplicity – a brooding espresso sits beside a dish of ice-cream, waiting to be poured over the icy dessert for a quick fling of flavours. However, what really stands out about the McMillan is the soft, mellow atmosphere, leaving you as relaxed as if you’ve just left a spa.
- Private dining: Up to 28 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Piano jazz
- Capacity: 160
- Largest group: 160
- Open since: October 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle