Bright and cheery Merchant City café offering a sustainably sourced, animal-free menu featuring breakfasts, soups, sandwiches and cakes, plus healthy smoothies.
If you weren’t feeling good about yourself before entering this newcomer in the Merchant City, there’s every chance you will upon leaving. Picnic is, as they proudly claim, the district’s first entirely plant-based café – adding to a burgeoning scene that has made Glasgow one of the top animal-free dining cities in the UK. Independently owned, but as slick as a chain, staff in branded aprons busy themselves in the small open kitchen, preparing the range of animal-free sandwiches, soups, spuds, salads, smoothies and sweet things. For carnivorous cravings, the meat substitues – bhacon, pastramheat – come from Sgaia Foods based near Glasgow airport, and utilise wheat flour to create a meaty (or ‘mheaty’) hit. The bhacon BLT comes on a wholesome roll, pleasingly delivering smoky, salty flavours of the real thing, complemented by a punchy side salad of rocket, sun-dried tomatoes and seeds. Add in a light and breezy interior, lit up by a facade that’s all glass, with splashes of colour brightening the place, and you’ll leave Picnic feeling like everything’s all right with the world.
- High point: Conscience-easing goodness
- Low point: It's bright for bleary breakfast eyes