Fancy trying something new this month? Glasgow is brimming with new openings. From sensational seafood and steak to some of the best Indian street food, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your next culinary adventure. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to some of the very best new restaurants, bars and cafés to try in Glasgow this April.
Set to bring a taste of the sea to Glasgow is brand new seafood restaurant, Shucks. From the team behind Michelin-starred Cail Bruich, Epicures and Brett, Shucks describes itself as “a relaxed seafood restaurant serving up the very best fresh produce from Scottish waters, alongside an elegant wine and champagne bar in the heart of Hyndland in Glasgow’s west end”. Menu highlights include Shucks champagne clams with garlic, chilli, coriander and charred sourdough; BBQ Halibut with trotter glaze; small plates like Hamachi crudo, as well as bar snacks like crispy fried whitebait and tater tots with chive crème fraiche, herring caviar and Sardinian pecorino.
Shucks, 168 Hyndland Road, G12 9HZ
Banco Di Roma is Glasgow’s newest contemporary restaurant replacing Zizzis in the beautiful building located at Royal Exchange Square and is set to serve exciting Italian cuisine. Housed in the former Bank of Scotland, it’s only fitting that the “Bank of Rome” opens a restaurant here and it’s likely that the setting will not be lacking in grandeur. Posting to social media, Banco Di Roma describes their location as “an iconic and grand vista reflecting our essence”, “elegant, modern and stylish” and “a place to be surprised.” Banco Di Roma is part of the Viva Italia group which own the likes of Toni Macaroni and Mozza in Glasgow as well as eateries such as the famous Nardini’s in Largs.
Banco Di Roma, 31 Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AJ
The highly-anticipated arrival of Mowgli is almost here. Founded by barrister and food writer, Nisha Katona MBE, in 2014, Mowgli has 13 restaurants across the UK, with Glasgow being it’s first Scottish destination. This popular Indian restaurant will be opening its doors on St Vincent Street on April 18, serving Mowgli street food faves like their house keema, Himalayan cheese toast and sticky wings. Guests can also tuck into tiffin boxes filled with amazing street food delights featuring four tiers of meat, veg and carb dishes selected by the restaurant’s chef to create a great gastronomic surprise.
Mowgli, 78 St Vincent Street, G2 5UB
Popular Greek-Cypriot mezze restaurant Halloumi is widening its net this month and bringing much more of its tasty Greek grub to Glasgow with the opening of a new Greek restaurant in the West End. Opening its doors at the former Martha’s Deli on Byres Road, Gyros promises ‘reimagined Greek street food that combines a modern taste with traditional Greek flavours’. Chicken, pork, lamb, meatball, king prawn as well as plant based alternative gyros and souvlaki are at the heart of the menu. At Gyros, Glasgow diners can also get stuck into the likes of falafel, a Greek pizza known as skepasti, halloumi loaded fries, pittas and dips.
Rickshaw & Co is set to bring Indian roadside café culture to Glasgow’s West End with the opening of their debut venue this month. Over two years in the making, the expansive space is split over two vibrant floors, complete with a 120 cover restaurant mezzanine, an outside terrace and a stylish café bar serving up colourful cuisine and exotic drinks. Located in the heart of West End in the former Hyde cocktail bar, Rickshaw & Co will offer a modern perspective on street food from the bustling food markets of India and Bangladesh. Taking inspiration from their childhood and travels, co-owners, Tushar Ahmed and Gulshan Soni want to bring the amazing flavours, colours and culture of India to create a casual dining experience like no other in Glasgow.
Rickshaw & Co, 9 Partick Bridge Street, G11 6PN
The latest venue from the team behind popular Glaschu and gastro pub The Duke’s Umbrella, Gōst, a steak and seafood restaurant, is opening its doors this April. Gōst uses purebred Angus beef and is one of the only restaurants in Scotland to use cuts from ex-dairy cattle retired onto grass pastures for a minimum of 12 months, with the older age believed to create an “unrivalled” depth of flavour. Their Angus beef is selected from small-batch, sustainable Scottish farms that grass feed the animals throughout the summer and use silage (a type of natural grass fodder) in winter. Guests can expect prime cuts of meat including Chateaubriand and Mangalitza pork chop, as well as classic steaks like rib-eye, fillet and sirloin, all of which can be served with a side of chips and choice of sauce ranging from caviar beure blanc, blue cheese, brandy and peppercorn or black truffle and chive butter.
Gōst, 77 Bothwell Street, G2 6TS