Black Dove

Black Dove
67 Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow, G41 3YR
  • Telephone 0141 231 1021
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–3pm, 5–10pm, Fri noon–3pm, 5–11pm, Sat noon–11pm, Sun 10am–9pm. Closed Mon.
  • Average price £15 (set lunch); £28 (evening meal)
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Lively bistro in the heart of Shawlands serving impressive food of exceptional quality, joined by an extensive wine list.

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Shawlands is now packed so densely with food outlets you could easily overlook Black Dove as you make your way along Kilmarnock Road. That would be a real shame, as the food here is rather special. Black Dove’s small-plates are effectively tapas released from the constraints of Spanish cooking, and four or five between two people, perhaps accompanied by a side salad or chips, feels about right. Young head chef Stephen Crawford takes you on a global tour from teriyaki and tempura to boudin noir and polenta. Truffle macaroni slice is an extraordinary creation of crisp-baked pasta with a deeply umami mushroom purée, suffused with the powerful aroma of the hugely expensive fungus, and all for seven quid. Monkfish cheeks with caper butter are another intensely savoury experience, while a deconstructed rhubarb crumble for dessert is thought-provoking and comforting at once. The interior is all exposed brick and hip filament light bulbs, and service is friendly and informed – the staff clearly love their work. Black Dove is expensive for what amounts to a fairly casual, bistro-style meal, but this is genuinely exciting and memorable cooking from a rising star.

  • High point: Thrilling little dishes
  • Low point: Cost mounts up
  • Notable dish: Loch Fyne scallops, pickled kohlrabi spaghetti, apple gel, dashi stock
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: low-volume R&B
  • Capacity: 62
  • Largest group: 62
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 30
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

Reviews & features

Restaurant review: Black Dove

11 Sep 2015

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