Cafe Cossachok

Address: 10 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QP, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 553 0733

- Mid-range

4.2

Glasgow’s only authentic Russian cafe is a vodka swilling, jazz swinging eastern bloc star.

With one of the most interesting menus in the entire city, Café Cossachok is Glasgow’s best bet for an adventurous gourmet experience. Run by local musicians Lev and Julia, it is a feast for the imagination with most dishes being unpronounceable to the majority of the local natives. As a grazer at meal times, I love Zakuski, the traditional cold Russian appetisers. Last time I was in Siberia, on the Trans-Mongolian Express, I survived on a strict diet of home-made meat pies and Baltika beer but the menu here keeps that indiscretion firmly in check. I’ll raise a shot of vodka to that: ‘Na Zdorovie!’

Food and drink
4.3
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

There’s enough on the menu to feed readers through the long winters of reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Warm Georgian salads, beef stroganoffs, smoked salmon blinis, Russian ravioli and dumplings and a range of healthy zakusiadjjika-dip, home-pickled cabbage, home-baked pork with garlic, spicy Georgian dip, aubergine ratatouille and marinated peppers – make this place a great choice for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

Recommended dishes

The St. Petersburg, Moscow and Babushka Blintzes, pancakes stuffed with a variety of potatoes, veggies and meats, are the real deal.

Ambience

Bohemian and hip, the restaurant doubles up as an impromptu jazz venue, laidback drinking den and art gallery and is one of the Merchant City’s hubs for alternative culture.

Service

Warm and hospitable and thankfully without a single dancing bear in sight.

Location

Tucked off the shopping hub of Argyll Street, it’s an easy walk from the Merchant City. It’s also very handy for pre or post drinks in the uber cool Mono or 13th Note thrift-friendly bars nearby.

Price advice

Not nearly as expensive as anything in Moscow that’s for sure! Meals are in the region of around £17 for two dishes at lunch and £17 for two courses at dinner.

The pre-theatre menu is £12.95 for two courses.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • No fuss
  • Art

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