Two Fat Ladies
118A Blythswood Street, Glasgow, G2 4EG
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness
Expert review of Two Fat Ladies
Keeping its cooking plain and simple - seriously fishy is Two Fat Ladies' motto - I think this restaurant is first class. With two similarly unassuming sister branches in the city and West end, it offers a divine menu of fresh Scottish seafood and Highland game without any fuss or pretension. High prices make it perfect for a special occasion (I recently took my retired Mum and Dad) and while I prefer this city centre branch, the Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery is its flagship. Despite the connotations from its name, if you ate here every night you’d become more of a fawning a la carte aficionado rather than an overweight Scottish spinster. At least that’s what I try and tell myself.
Promising more seafood varieties than one would find in Sinbad the Sailor’s lunchbox, clams, salmon, monkfish and crab ravioli are my top table picks for an out of this world culinary experience. From oven baked fillet of halibut to pan roasted monkfish and roasted sea bass, it is a pescatarian’s dream. Though the majority of its soups, starters and salads have a distinct shellfish theme (king prawns and hand dived scallops), there are regularly a couple of accompanying meat and vegetable dishes.
The steamed Loch Etive mussels with white wine and garlic cream are so good I could quite happily take off all my clothes and swim in them. For meat eaters, the Highland reserve filet of beef with fondant potatoes and red onion jam is worthy of any Monarch of the Glen.
As it only seats about a dozen tables – its sister establishment has seating for only 26 covers – it is very cramped and there is a serious lack of elbow room; but that only adds to the place’s appealing character and charm.
Firm and friendly – the staff know the food is first class and will let you know if you disagree.
On a side-street running off of Sauchiehall Street, the Two Fat Ladies is easily accessible by walking from anywhere in the city centre.
Starters range in price from £3.95 to £8.95 and main courses are from £14.95 to £24.95. The shellfish platter is a bargain £16.95.
The best table is the one tucked into the front-facing window next to the bar.
Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery
652-654 Argyle Street
0141 221 8188
Two Fat Ladies West End
88 Dumbarton Road
0141 339 1944
More information on Two Fat Ladies:
- Price guide:
- Seafood, Traditional
- 118A Blythswood Street, Glasgow, G2 4EG
- 0141 847 0088
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Lunch, Mon–Sat, noon–3pm. Dinner, Mon–Sat, 5.30–10.30pm. Closed on Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Contemporary Scottish