A'Challtainn

A'Challtainn
54 Calton Entry, Glasgow, G40 2SB
  • Telephone 0141 237 9220
  • Opening times Wed–Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–7pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 11am–7pm. Closed Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.achalltainn.com
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A'Challtainn

More than a great seafood restaurant, A’Challtainn shows creativity and skill with a contemporary international twist and a strong community vibe.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

A’Challtainn is a fish restaurant, and a good one at that. What makes it unique though is its place at the heart of Barras Art and Design, a flexible, multi-purpose community and business space with a busy programme of art and performance events throughout the year – plus regular markets for vintage fashion, collectables, crafts and food. The mezzanine restaurant sits within the hanger-like open space, so ‘outside’ tables overlook the huge floor below while a glazed-in room offers a cosier, enclosed dining space. Dishes on the monthly menu are as eclectic as the venue – oysters and hot or cold lobster are fixtures, while more inventive dishes might include gurnard fillets in a polenta crust, or stone bass with a Vietnamese-style salad. Fish and chips (also available to eat outside or take away from a ground floor shop) features a huge piece of snow-white haddock in a light, crisp batter, for a reasonable £14. If fish is not your thing there will always be a couple of red meat options on offer – venison and pork belly were recent stars – and at least one decent vegan main. Downstairs, a well-stocked bar serves a paired-down version of the menu, together with craft beers and a great line in cocktails.

The List's rating
7.8

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Martin Cross visited A'Challtainn on 7 March 2019
  • High point: Great fresh fish in a unique venue
  • Low point: Big-screen telly can be distracting from the balcony
  • Notable dish: Polenta and thyme crusted gurnard fillets, lobster bisque, truffle gremolata
  • Average price: £24 (lunch); £24 (dinner)
  • Delivery: UberEats
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Lindstrom, Todd Terje
  • Live entertainment: Live gigs,craft fairs at weekends,special events such as long table with local celebrity chef Gary Maclean
  • Capacity: 122
  • Largest group: 122
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

Reviews & features

2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is released

18 Apr 2017

Popular restaurant guide announces award winners including Norn, Bilson Eleven and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The 2017 edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide is out and available to buy Wed 19 Apr. In the guide, the 24th annual round-up of the eating out scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow, nearly 1000 eating and drinking venues have been covered by a team of…