When I was young, my family and I often visited our relatives in Glasgow and I remember spending many hours around dinner tables at my aunt and uncle’s homes and in restaurants around the city. The best meals always involved fish and seafood, with my favourite being the Scottish salmon that we usually ate at Christmas and Easter. Now it seems Glasgow’s reputation for great seafood restaurants is growing with new places opening all of the time. Whether you’re craving fresh oysters or seasoned crabcakes, you’ll have no problem finding it in Scotland’s second city.
If you’re spending a day in Glasgow’s west end, there is no shortage of seafood options; Gamba on West George Street serves up the very best with a fast growing reputation as the city’s premiere seafood restaurant. The ambiance inside is inviting and sophisticated, catering to couples and groups of friends in the evening, as well as the business clientele at lunch times.
Two Fat Ladies
Two Fat Ladies is a small, cosy restaurant offering simple, traditional yet delicious seafood. The staff here really know their stuff and are happy to recommend items off the menu, anything from the scallop starters to the pan fried seabass. It’s a popular place, so it can get noisy at times but it is definitely worth it for the food, guaranteed to be cooked to perfection!
One of my personal favourites for lobster and oysters is Rogano. Located in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, this long established seafood establishment has an art deco interior, designed to look like the Queen Mary Ocean Liner. Tucking into a classic dish of halibut or crab in this setting is an absolute pleasure!
You know you’re in for a treat when you visit the Mussel Inn on Hope Street, sister restaurant of the original Mussel Inn, Edinburgh, and owned by shellfish farmers from the West of Scotland. You can order a kilo pot of mussels, which are almost sure to have been harvested within the last 24 hours. This is a great place for a big casual meal with friends, with the décor similar to that of a restaurant by the seaside.
One of Glasgow’s most popular seafood spots is the Crabshakk, located on Argyle Street and almost always packed. If you’re a real crab lover this is the place where you can get stuck in to a few crab claws and enjoy a fresh crab or scallop salad on the side. Be warned, the prices are slightly high for Glasgow and the seating is sometimes a squeeze, but it’s worth it for the fantastic atmosphere!
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