Ever left a restaurant thinking: “This is the best meal I’ve had in a while”? Well, we have found one of those in the heart of Glasgow. Glaschu restaurant offers just that, leaving guests wanting more and inspiring them to come back for another round of indulgence.
Glaschu(pronounced Glas-a-hoo, by the way) is a Scottish fine dining spot in Merchant City’s Royal Exchange Square in central Glasgow. Glaschu means ‘dear green place’ in Scottish Gaelic, and is the original name of what is now the city of Glasgow.
So, now let’s talk about what really matters, the food. Secret Glasgow got the chance to go try Glaschu out for ourselves, and we got pleasantly surprised. Sure, a fine dining restaurant is expected to have decent food and a price tag that is not on the budget side. However, what Glaschu offers is non-pretentious service, an intimate atmosphere and food that is deserving of a spot on the Michelin Guide.
With views over the Royal Exchange Square, the restaurant is not too big, boasting an exclusive members club feel. The soft light coloured furniture invokes a homely feel, tastefully accentuated by the colourful columns surrounding the space.
The menu is modest, yet catering to most tastes, with only six starters and seven mains. While we wouldn’t recommend Glaschu for vegans, there is one vegetarian main and plenty of gluten-free options for the gluten-sensitive souls like us.
To start, the Pan-Roasted Scottish King Scallops blew us away, served with lobster Hollandaise, watercress puree, and fennel pollen. Cooked perfectly, the balanced flavours offer a satisfying bite of the seafood goodness.
For the main event, 8oz Fillet of Aged Scottish Beef served with Heritage carrot, carrot velouté,
nasturtium and beef fat hash brown was just what the doctor ordered. Even though it won’t cure my knee problems, temporary pain relief due to a decent meal says all it should. While we couldn’t try the Beef Wellington, Glaschu is also well-known for the beloved comfort dish.
As for dessert, the sweet treats should be recognised for their presentation, but the savoury dishes are truly worth coming for more. Overall, we are baffled why Glaschu hasn’t received more awards by now, but we are certain the restaurant is destined for big things.