Glasgow is looking fine!
Despite restaurants currently being closed and for the majority of 2020, the Michelin Guide still went ahead in ranking some of the best restaurants in the world, pandemic or no-pandemic. The renowned guide for fine dining published their 2021 edition last night and the great Glasgow restaurant, Cail Bruich, found themselves in the list.
Cail Bruich, located on Great Western Road, was not only awarded its first Michelin star but also the first Michelin star in the city in 18 years, as well as head chef Lorna McNee being the first female chef to receive the accolade in Glasgow. Amaryllis, owned by Gordon Ramsey and closed in 2004, was the last restaurant to hold a star in the city.
On Cail Bruich’s latest Instagram post, announcing the news of a Michelin star, the Glasgow restaurant wrote: “We are delighted and humbled to receive Glasgow’s first Michelin star in 18 years. A commitment to excellence in food and service has always been our ethos.
“The award is for our team, suppliers and craftspeople who strive to provide the best possible experience for our guests. We wouldn’t have achieved this prestigious award without the support & loyalty shown by our guests. We hope that this recognition of excellence will put Glasgow firmly on the culinary map, where it undoubtedly should be.”
In their review of Cail Bruich, the Michelin Guide wrote: “Cail Bruich means ‘to eat well’ and this smart restaurant run by two brothers certainly lives up to its name. Its location on a main intersection might not be the most appealing but there’s no shortage of guests who are drawn here by Lorna McNee’s refined, confident cooking.
“12 years working with Andrew Fairlie has given her the utmost respect for the quality of her ingredients and a great understanding of how to handle them, and while she continues to follow his classic principles, she also brings a level of creativity to the table. Passion and precision lead the way but she also has restraint, with her focus on just a few ingredients combined in perfect harmony. Flavours are perfectly weighted and her dishes are notable for their balance. To see her skills in action, book the kitchen counter and choose the Chef’s Tasting Menu.”
The Michelin Guide recently reported that only 26% of all Michelin-starred restaurants have been open for the third week in January 2021, which shows the effect that the pandemic has had on the restaurant industry. Although the restaurant hasn’t been open consistently for dining in service for some time, Cail Bruich has been offering their delightful, and award-winning, food for delivery and collection as well as via their own dine at home range, CB at home, including Christmas and Burns Night-themed dinners.
Other Glasgow restaurants which appeared in the Michelin Guide included Monadh Kitchen and Ox and Finch, who both maintained their Bib Gourmand award, which is a distinction that highlights restaurants offering good food at competitive prices and popular with the guide’s readers.
Once restaurants are able to reopen Cail Bruich plans to return with their five and nine-course tasting menus at lunch and dinner, and we can’t wait to add it to our post-lockdown list of Glasgow restaurants to visit.
[Featured Images: Cail Bruich]