A Culinary Tour of Glasgow

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I bet you didn’t know that Glasgow invented the world famous chicken tikka masala… well sort of. Rumour has it that the most popular Indian curry ever was created in a restaurant in the Kelvinbridge area in the 1970s. Aside from the myths, Glasgow has a gastronomic feast of all sorts of cuisines from Russian, Lebanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and Spanish just to name a few. The Glasweigans love to socialise and catch up over some hearty grub. If you’re a foodie fan you’ll need this list of culinary delights to visit on your next trip to Scotland’s second capital.

Rogano, Exchange Place, City Centre

Have you ever dined in a 1920’s art deco ocean liner themed seafood restaurant? There can’t be many of them around so be sure to book into Rogano in Glasgow’s Exchange Place. There’s such a unique ambience here, it might be the unusual Queen Mary decorated room but you will not be disappointed. This place has been an institution in the city since 1935 and constantly voted as the number one eatery in this part of the world. I’ve heard you sometimes need to book weeks in advance to make sure you get a table especially on public holidays. So what’s on the menu? Classical Scottish fish dishes, sumptuous fresh oysters, haddock, tasty winter soup and to-die-for desserts. Cost wise, it is at the higher end of the menu spectrum but if you’re visiting the city why not treat yourself? Rogano always comes up tops on service and the quality of their food.

Hanoi Bike Shop, Ruthven Lane, West End

If you jump on the underground out to Hillhead, across the road from the station is a cobbled lane that is a treasure trove of cafes and shops. Nestled in amongst it is the Vietnamese restaurant, Hanoi Bike Shop. It’s definitely an Asian dining experience with a difference. Walking in, you’ll see the old bicycle tyres on the walls and a beautiful array of multi-coloured lanterns. From the off you’ll realise that there are no starters or mains on the menu – this is a sharing restaurant. Just order meals to share with your dinner date or group and the dishes are brought to you dish by dish. Customer favourite include chilli spiced prawns, coconut and rice pancakes plus scrumptious marinated chicken and pork pot dishes. A brilliant dining concept to round up your mates for hanging out.

Mother India, Westminster Terrace, City Centre

Probably the best Indian restaurant that’s ever graced the city, the renowned Mother India’s menu is an eclectic mix of Scottish and Indian flavours – and it really works.  The chef’s love a bit of experimentation with flavours and using herbs such as fresh dill worked in with chilli and ginger. In amongst the traditional Indian dishes is an exciting seafood selection such a halibut and monkfish which gives and extra edge to the menu. It’s the perfect place to take time out from the bustling streets and to relax in the comfy seats. The owners are big on achieving recognition for their efforts too and regularly compete in the national curry king competitions. You’ll be surprised at the quality for money here, a two course meal plus wine and sides for two will come in at under £45.

Tinto Tapas, Battlefield Road, Shawlands

Some spicy Spanish flavours await you at Tinto Tapas. As one of the oldest Spanish restaurants in Glasgow they’ve got dishes for all occasions here – whether it’s a sharing paella or tapas to mix and match on a date. This family run establishment only have a handful of tables but they’re not short on providing attentive service and the tastiest dishes this side of Barcelona. You could literally order everything off the menu it sounds and looks so tasty – but leave room for the traditional Spanish desserts and homemade sangria. Definitely worth venturing to the south side of the city for.

A trip to Glasgow can cost as little as £30 on the train from southern England or you can fly with Flybe to Glasgow International Airport. Did you know you can get Flybe discount codes to help save some money on flights from all over the UK to Glasgow? A foodie tour of the city doesn’t have to be expensive!