Goodbye deep-fried Mars bar...hello fine dining!

St Enoch Square

Goodbye deep-fried Mars bar...hello fine dining!

How visitors to Glasgow are getting a taste for a wider variety of good food

 The days of Glasgow’s  deep-fried Mars Bar are well and truly in the past (although if you ask the right people in the right places, you can probably find one somewhere…) and the emphasis now is on the breakthrough restaurants.

The Daily Telegraph recently named its top places to eat in the city and didn’t hold back, saying The Ubiquitous Chip was “a venerable mecca of fine dining in the West End”,  Rogano was “a Glasgow legend” and Café Gandolfi was ”like a warm hug on a cold day.”

So what comes next is  important – and for one key part of the city’s foodie revolution that is the arrival of EIGHT new restaurants.

 The St Enoch Centre says a VUE cinema will be part of a new multi-million development supporting the city’s diverse culinary offering. The new restaurants will complement the centre’s popular food court and dining mix which includes regulars such as Pizza Hut and Nandos as well as DiMaggio’s, Kimbles and Ddoce.

 The nine-screen cinema will be located on the upper level of the former BHS site at the east end of the centre with additional retailing on the ground floor.

 The plans are also part of a collaboration to open out the G1 postcode around its distinctive subway entrance and link it all together to make a combined experience to increase the footfall and bring in even more new retail businesses.

 Anne Ledgerwood, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre, says the changes in the city will be reflected in the new plans: “Retail has changed considerably in recent years and people are increasingly seeking to incorporate eating and entertainment into their shopping experience,” she said.

 “The development, which will open to trade in Summer 2019, will also help to create a more connected city centre by reclaiming outdoor space for pedestrians as well as strengthening the connection with Buchanan Street and improving links to the waterfront.”

 The new leisure facilities will be accessible from enhanced entrances on Dunlop Street and Osbourne Street which would strengthen the link into Argyle Street and improve the overall pedestrian experience in the area and increase activity while maintaining essential highways access.

Glasgow City Council describes the food scene there as 'breathtaking' and puts it down to the perfect recipe for success:

"Our chefs are able to source some of the best local produce in the world, including outstanding seafood and shellfish; unbeatable game and beef; Scottish fruit and vegetables and award-winning cheeses. Combine this with confident, creative restaurateurs, and you’ll understand why Glasgow’s culinary offering is imaginative and cosmopolitan.

"You can taste traditional dishes, regional specialities and local produce, like haggis, shortbread, whisky and cullen skink. Modern Scottish cuisine embraces this but then adds a twist, so you might find haggis pakora or crab and cucumber cannelloni on the menu."

That courage and confidence to mix Scottish tradition with startling innovation is a mouthwatering combination for the cityand its millions of visitors.