Adam Zyw gives his views on Gallery Grub.
‘ In Glasgow, playing a crucial role in
probably Scotland‘s most prestigious modern building, visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, is a very poor restaurant. This is an extraordinary circumstance; in The Burrell Restaurant, surrounded by the sumptuous evidence of the history of world culture, including table ware
’ and eating and drinking vessels from
many nations’ palaces, second rate fare is served in a first rate setting.
That fails to make good business
5 sense, and the hard-nosed Sir
: William would not be pleased.
. Moreover, this does not match the
j spirit ofthe building, its contents,
3 nor the aspirations of its visitors.
2 They, after all, have come to see The
Burrell Collection because of its excellence. Artistic endeavour
I should not end where the culinary ; exhibits begin.
In the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, in Belford Road, Edinburgh. meanwhile, is housed a magnificent collection of 20th Century art. In the Gallery Cafe,
3 soon, I hear, to be extended into the ' open air, culinary art reigns. The
visitor, sizzling with the visual stimulation he has received above, may stimulate the baser man below. There is an imaginative emphasis on
: home-baking and soup-making, and 2 prices, while not quite at garret level, § are moderate. The formula is right,
: and worthy of adoption elsewhere.
Back in Glasgow, may I pass
brieﬂy over The Third Eye Centre,
Sauchiehall Street. which offers simple food with an unambiguous leaning toward the vegetarian. The prices are high for the quantity of low-cost wholesome ‘fuIl-of-beans’ served here but the surroundings are
pitched right for the eating section of
a busy, active contemporary arts centre.
At the Royal Scottish Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. the
canteen is also full of beans and so, if
I may say so, seem most of the happy customers. The egg and cress fingers make a distinctly refined accompaniment to beans and mash, and pie and gravy and beans, and other excellent computations. To date. I class this as the cheapest edible meal in Edinburgh. Keep it up. RSM!
o The Burrell Collection Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow. 041 649 7151. Restaurant open Mon-Sat. mam—4.30pm, Sun 2—4.30pm. Full meals and snacks. Bar.
0 Third Eye Centre 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 041 332 7251. Cafe open Tue—Sat, 10am—6pm. Hot dishes and snacks. Bar.
0 Gallery 01 Modern Art Belford Road,
Edinburgh, 031 556 8921. Restaurant open Mon—Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun 2-4pm. Full meals and snacks. Licensed.
0 Royal Museum at Scotland Chambers Street, Edinburgh. 031 225 7534. Cafe open Mon—Sat 10am—4pm. Full meals and snacks.
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