We had one night in Glasgow as we were there for the Belle & Sebastian concert, and I, of course, had two dinner reservations, agonizing until the very last minute between Stravaigin (pronounced Stravaguin) and The Ubiquitous Chip I nigh on harassed my friend Matt Jeffers with questions to help me with the decision. In the end, we arrived in Glasgow later than expected at The Chip, and they didn’t have a later table… so decision made. Stravaigin.
We chose the downstairs area as it was a little more ‘date night’ appropriate. The ground level looked buzzy and fun, with more of a pubby vibe, serving slightly more casual food.
What we ate:
Hot smoked Shetland salmon, swede relish, soused fennel, poppy seed lavash: this was beautifully done, and the salmon was flavoursome and very tender. If I were to tender one criticism, it would be that it was slightly on the small side, but that is more of a sign of its quality, and my wanting more of it!
Confit squirrel and rabbit terrine, elderflower gel, ground ivy, poppy seed lavash: Stewart is more daring than I am and when he saw this dish on the menu he said: “I need to try this, as when else am I going to eat squirrel?” My answer was – “never” and so he went ahead and ordered it! Thankfully, the squirrel taste was not evident and got mixed in with the rabbit. The overall terrine was very interesting and the gel and ivy textures made it fun and playful. I ended up forgetting what was in it and actually quite liked it.
Scottish seafood in a Thai coconut, galangal and lemongrass broth, sticky rice cake, coconut sambal: I was worried this could end up being heavy, and ordered it as my main, but the broth was light and delicate and the seafood bright and fresh. Since it was starter size, I was a bit hungry still, so I ordered a veggie side, and I nibbled at Stewart’s pearl barley, which was very good.
Roast rump of Inverurie lamb, pearl barley, peas, grilled grelot onions, tarragon oil: this dish was absolutely yummy. Well-cooked lamb on top of gooey and hearty barley risotto with loads of peas. The tarragon oil tied it all together and made it even richer. I was more of a fan of the risotto than Stewart and kept eating it off his plate.
Wok’d greens with peanuts and fish sauce dressing: surprising when a simple sounding side dish can be so good. But it was. The veggies were crunchy, and the fish sauce dressing with the peanuts made it original and special.
Hazelnut coffee financier, strawberry marshmallow, chocolate mousse, white chocolate and parsnip ganache: this was just ok. Nowhere near rich or decadent enough. Sadly, we should have checked the upstairs dessert menu before finishing this, as there were way more tasty sounding concoctions upstairs it seemed.
In sum: delicious restaurant in Glasgow, and the perfect stop on our one night in town. Check both menus before ordering as the upstairs space has a different menu.
Stravaigin Glasgow http://www.stravaigin.co.uk/
28 Gibson Street, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8NX
+44141 334 2665