28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Design and architecture, Education, People watching
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Stravaigin
Opened in the mid-1990s, I used to come here for a splurge when I’d had an easy lecture day at the nearby University of Glasgow (those were the days!). Translated from Gaelic as ‘to wander’, this restaurant has always had a rambling appetite – producing classic French, Italian, English and Scottish haute cuisine with the finest of local ingredients – and it’s as good as it was when it first opened. Upstairs it has a gorgeous bar, a replica of something more likely found on the Isles of Skye or Mull. A true gem.
Keen purveyors of locally sourced hearty produce, Stravaigin prides itself on using bacon from Ramsays of Carluke, seafood from Macallums of Troon and venison from Carsphairn, on the edge of the Galloway Forest – so the inspiration is firmly suited to the plate of St Andrews, the patron saint of Scotland. West coast hake and roast fennel ‘en papillotte’, baby onions, mussels, clams, tomato and saffron broth is my current pick.
Mixing the best of vegetarian – Tuscan baby aubergine, cherry tomato and bocconcini cannelloni, fontina cheese sauce, watercress, pear and parmesan salad – with meat classics –slow roast pork belly and cheek, red cabbage, roasted squash, celeriac and apple puree – it’s a tough choice.
Like a shore-side gourmet gastro-pub, Stravaigin is hearty, homely and hard to leave – especially after a few drinks.
A short walk from Kelvingrove subway stop and a two minute walk from the Gothic spires of the University of Glasgow.
The restaurant offers a £30 and a £35 set menu and a two course or three course pre- and post-theatre menu for £12.95 or £15.95.
Following the success of the flagship restaurant, it was only a matter of time before a second venue opened. Stravaigin 2 (Ruthven Lane, Glasgow) is a five minute walk away if you fancy more of the same and the original and best is full.
More information on Stravaigin:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Café, Restaurant
- British, French, Scottish, Traditional
- 28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Thur noon-midnight and Fri-Sat noon-1am. Open Sundays 5pm-midnight.
- Accepts Credit Cards: