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With an eye to

the Chinese New

Year(16 Feb). we bring you the best of where to eat and why.

(Prices in brackets are the approx cost of a three- course meal fortwo including a bottle of house wine.)


0 North Rotunda 28'I’unne1 Street. 204 1328. French Restaurant: Mon—Sat Noon—2.30pm and

7—1 lpm. Italian Restaurant: Mon-Sat Noon—2.30pm and

5—1 lpm. On the Clyde. once derelict. now lovingly restored to Glasgow car-dealer chic. Housing two bars: one wine. one cocktail. and two restaurants a very good Italian and a fantastically expensive French - it's destined to be a hit among business account SI£(‘C patrons. (French £80: Italian £2()—£3())

0 Just Nuts 201—207 I lope Street. 332 NM). Mon—Thurs Noon—2.30pm and

5— l()pm; Fri/Sat Noon—11pm. (‘heerful diner - tiled floors and classic furnishings with a truly extensive and reasonably priced menu. Groups and kids catered for. popular with teams of neighbouring office workers. (HS—£20)

o Alfresco Room 526 Great Western Road. 334 3262.

Tue—Sat noon—3pm and

530—1 1pm. New Italian. painted in ferocious shade of green. No surpriseson the menu. but sensible prices and good service. BYOB (£1 1)

0 John St Jam 27 Cochran Street. 552 3801 . Mon—Sun noon—3pm and (mm—midnight. Elegant Merchant City building housing the demier-cri in trendiness foodwise Cajun cooking. Also large. fashionany cluttered bar. Certain to take over from the Late Willis as this area's place to pose. (£25)


0 The Gourmet House 19 Ashton Lane. 334 3229. Last orders 11pm.



Traditional Cantonese

cuisine at not too high prices is a joy at the hest of times. but the Gourmet House is a definite cut above the crowd. Fish dishes a speciality. but the Roast Duck Peking-style. wrapped in pancakes is a taste which will stay with you fora longtime. (£25) 0 Mings Princes Square. Buchanan Street. part of the newa-opened and quite marvellous Princes Square food court. this is probably the closest to the authentic Ilong Kong style open restaurant you'll find. Watch the cooks slice. chop and crush a mouthwatering array of food under your nose and choose from a limited but appetising

0 Amber 1311-132Byres Road. 33‘) (1121 . Mon-«Fri noon—2pm and

5—1 1 .3()pm; Sat

noon—1 1.30pm: Sun

5—1 1 .3()pm. Iigon Ronay recommended. the Amber has long been a West End favourite. though its prices put it out of student range a blow or a bonus depending on your point of view. Quality. ifsometimes

standard fare. (£18)

0 The Lotus Garden to)

i Great Western Road. 334 g 0790. Mon—Fri noon~2pm and 5—1 1.3llpm: Sat

I noon—midnightzSun

! 5pm—midnight. Replacing the much-loved and


Peak (‘hinese Restaurant. the Lotus Garden is easy to miss on this crowded

stretch of road. The £3.95

business lunch is better than average. while the

regular menu features the intriguingly named and flavoured Mushroom fritters stuffed with chicken pate. (£lll—£2())


i l i l l l l

Food afterthe Pharaohs

Venues within staggering

reach of the City Art Gallery.

o Fruitmarket Gallery Calé 2‘) Market Street. 225 2383. Tue—Sat lflam—Spm; Sun l.3()—5.3()pm. (‘ouldn‘t be closer. Just across the road. a small. sparkling cafe with Victorian workhouse windows and appetising selection of salads and cakes at very reasonable and unarty prices. (Tea 35p: coffee 60p; soup (i()p; gateau 70p)

0 Doric Tavern 15 Market Street. 225 1084. Mon—Wed and Sun noon—1am; Thurs/Fri.’Sat till 2am. ()ne ofthe city‘s artiest winebars with a cultivated left-bankish air. Unusual and well-prepared range of food. good wine list and friendly service. (£10)

(‘ockburn Street. 225 (1843. Food served noon—8pm. Despite its downrnarket image. this couthy local offers day-long delicious food. far from dull pub grub. and served with unfailing good humour. (Meals all around £2.30)

0 The Round Table 31 Jeffrey Street. 557 31132. .‘sloneSat Illam -5.3llpm. Newly adventuroUs menu on offer with choices such as mtissels marinierc (£2.95 ). Plainer fare also available. as are some of the most generous slabsof cake in tow n. (Tea 25 311p; coffee 41) 5()p; soup 75p; gateau 45p £1)

0 Carlyle's North Bridge. 556 7277. Mon—Sat

lflam opm. Victorian elegance tacked on to the (‘arlton l lotel. Stepping in here is like walkingon to the pages of a Mrs (iaskell: long-skirted waitresses. flock wallpaper and nostalgic prints. A sophisticated range of patisseries and delicious coffee make it worth the step back in time. (Tea and coffee by the pot 75p: soup £1.11): gateau mm

o Waverley Station Carriage-sized rolls and sandwiches. arguably the easiest BR fare to swallow. in reasonable surrounds. though the musak's appalling.

0 Cafe Noir Waverly Market. off Waverley Steps. 550 137-1. Wine bar food in pleasant surrounds; choice ranges from salad stuff to exotica. (£10125 in the restaurant)

Valentine Suggesfion

o Moonlights Meals 14 Rose neath Place. 22‘) 4270. Perfect for that intimate evening when the last thing you‘ll want to wrestle with afterwards are the dishes. llampers of goodies. from salmon and champagne to pheasant in port are delivered at your feet. complete with cutlery. crockery and flowers. (‘ost per head ranges from £‘).75—»£l‘).‘)5. maximum twelve heads per hamper. Phone for sample menus.


(Prices are lorthree-course meal lortwo. unless otherwise stated.)

0 Lune Town Cantonese Restaurant 38 William Street. 220 1688. Mon—Fri noon—2.30pm; Mon~Sun (ipm—midnight. Snappy dishes include Shark's Fin and baked crab with ginger or black bean sauce. or you can scuttle onto things vegetarian. The menu is extensive and fairly standard. but the foods exceptional and the

52 The List 5 18 February 1988