Sophisticated and urbane, the decor here has a rich art nouveau-esque Parisian feel with a marble staircase, gorgeous red velvet curtains and lots of ... More
78 St Vincent
Sophisticated and urbane, the decor here has a rich art nouveau-esque Parisian feel with a marble staircase, gorgeous red velvet curtains and lots of wrought-iron and oak. The menu veers towards contemporary Scottish with a slight French influence, combining fresh local produce with continental flair. Although there are no big surprises on the menu, classic recipes are beautifully executed, well-presented and come in satisfying portions. A big mural by Donald McLeod of Icarus and some men in kilts provides a conversational topic when you tire of discussing how delicious the food is. If you want to do it on the cheap, drop in between 5pm-6.30pm for a two-course pre-theatre meal at less than £10.
thought set lunch menu good value for money but i would suggest you avoid the rice pudding as it was disappointing and a bit stodgy the waiter was very helpful the steaks fine but not too hot cooked as we had ordered not very festive as it was 15th dec. could have had on a bit of background music. found the wine to be a bit pricey £40 for 2 bottles of mediocre rose wine but all in all ok
Looks are extremely deceiving with this restaurant.
When we had arrived at the restaurant, it was quite empty with about 4 tables filled. Only 1 table with a dressed up couple were at the front of the restaurant by the window. The casual dressers were all slotted together at the back end of the restaurant next to the kitchen. Naturally, we were placed next to the other diners at the back end of the restaurant because of our casual attire probably.
Service was initially cordial enough from the waitress. Note, service was not friendly.. just enough to get the work done. We had made our orders and I thought the sound of the haggis starter sounded adventurous. This starter was stale and flavourless and seemed to taste like it had been sitting around for a while. My husband had dinner soup.. Not even worth a mention. Next we had our mains. My husband's steak was tiny for the price quoted and flavourless besides being cooked in oil and salt and not much else on the plate. On top of that, the steak was RAW.. not medium RAw but full red blood besidess the seared edges. Overall, poor food, servings were small for the price and flavourless considering they were meant to represent high quality food. They ended up saying they would not charge us for the raw steak which cost more than my fish dish. On looking at our receipt, they had charged us for the steak anyway instead of the fish. If we paid the full price including both mains, and wine glasses, etc., we would have spent anything up to 60-70 quid for 2. Since we had only paid for one of the mains, our bill was still around 50. We were clearly unimpressed with this. On top of that, we were still quite peckish after dining at the restaurant since the servings were so small.
Dining at this restaurant was one of my poorest experiences on my trip in Glasgow. The restaurant had no music, not atmosphere, dull staff and clearly no chef. I've read other reviews online by other visitors who have suffered even more than us from dining at this restaurant. Do yourself a favour and try somewhere else with your hard earned cash.
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