Food and drink
Shellfish platters on ice are the restaurant’s bread and butter – although that is included as well – but the menu doesn’t just limit itself to pinky-white flesh from creatures with tentacles and pincers. Rare venison, Highland fowl and Scottish fillet steaks compliment the Shetland salmon and freshly caught monkfish. It’s perfect for pescatarians.
Though the chefs pride themselves on their shellfish and seafood dishes, the collops of fillet steak with a haggis mousse, whisky and rowan jelly jus is a worthy signature dish for any adventurous meat eater. Good as it is, I prefer to flirtatiously wrestle with the dressed lobsters and crabs.
Rustic and friendly, the City Merchant reflects the heritage of Glasgow’s wealthy Victorian traders who once built their mansions outside along Candleriggs and nearby Albion Street. It feels like a long lost friend.
Fast and furious, weekend nights are popular so booking in advance – and having some patience when awaiting orders from the kitchen – is recommended.
On a prime slice of real estate in the Merchant City, this Candleriggs restaurant has swish drinking establishments and cafes nudging at its elbows.
There is no getting round it: the City Merchant is expensive. £60 gets a seafood platter for two and six oysters will set you back a rather steep £11.
Tables to book
The restaurant’s VIP loft area offers a more private dining experience for up to 16 people and can cater for large corporate bookings too.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Special occasions