Chez Mal

Chez Mal
Malmaison, 278 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4LL
  • Telephone 0141 378 0384
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 7–10am, noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri 7am–10am, noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sat 8–11am, noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sun 8–11am, 12.30–4pm, 6–10pm.
  • Food served Wed–Sun noon–2.30pm; 5–10pm; Mon/Tue 5–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon/Tue 5–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–7pm; Wed/Thu/Sun noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre price £19.95
  • Email
  • Website www.malmaison.com
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Well-appointed hotel restaurant that offers a French-tinged delve into brasserie dining.

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Lodged in the basement of Malmaison hotel, Chez Mal is the brand’s newly opened in-house brasserie taking up a space formerly occupied by the Honours. And what a glorious space it is – vaulted arches stretching like webbing across the softly lit ceiling supported by wide columns with circular leather booths and a zingy cocktail bar stretching the length of the room. The menu aims at a different market from the previous occupants though, with the emphasis on centrally planned recipes for bistro-style dishes freshly prepared and cooked by Chef John Burniston and his team. Starters are well executed, featuring tempura of courgette and fresh meaty tiger prawns that arrive stacked high accompanied by bright chilli jam. Main of lamb shank comes as a chunky portion, braised in a deep-flavoured red wine gravy with perfectly cooked heritage carrots and whole shallots. A good selection of sides including crunchy truffle and parmesan fries are also on hand. A prix fixe menu is available throughout the week and up to 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Chez Mal also champion the great Sunday lunch with an endless chefs table of cured meats, homemade soup and main course all for under £20.

The List's rating
7.4

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Malcolm McGonigle visited Chez Mal on 7 March 2018
  • High point: Atmospheric interiors
  • Low point: Sauces and butters are an extra £1.50
  • Notable dish: Cote du Boeuf
  • Average price: £19.95 (set lunch); £24.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 72
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Modern, funky, jazz
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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