The duo behind Glasgow's VeGin events, Natasha Paloni and Mark Donald MacLeod, have set up a vegan kitchen for their eclectic homemade menu that scans the globe for inspiration. Keep an eye on their social media for pop-up, sit-in happenings.
Tomillo has the sort of small plate/large plate Med/Middle East/Asian menu that gets diners excited and struggling to choose. It’s also entirely vegan. And worth making the trip up to Spiers Wharf for a great example of how animal-free cooking can be immensely satisfying and filling. A sharing plater allows you to try all the small plates, including a tangy chickpea stew, and sweet potato and black bean tacos which typify the kitchen’s skill. They’re just smoky enough – more smoky and the sweet potato gets lost. That sensitivity to ingredients is on display throughout. A tofu satay, similarly, is lip lickingly defined by peanut and a faint growl of heat that lets the tofu still come through. Fried cauliflower, all too often overly dry or tediously soft, here, is perfectly crisp. And the seitan king rib burger with cashew cream gives the junk food experience – all charred lines and chewy bread – while still being vibrant and easy on the stomach. There’s a thoughtful range of vegan cocktails, too. Tomillo sits somewhere between pop-up and kitchen residency at the Ocho café, so check opening times before a visit. But visit you should.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: January 2018