Heading to Glasgow for your Christmas shopping or for a Festive night out?
We are kicking off our 12 Days of Christmas with this guest blog from Frontierer guitarist Dan Stevenson, who has given us his Top 5 places to eat in Glasgow, perfect for those lazy holiday lunches and epic Christmas nights out.
1 – Stereo
A staple of the Glaswegian veggie/vegan scene, Stereo is the perfect venue to try new foods, beers and see new music. Sandwiched down the side street of one of the city’s busiest streets, you wouldn’t know about this gem unless you were directed to it, which adds to the appeal massively. From Buffalo Cauliflower to Beetroot Burgers, the varied menu is consistently impressive, bursting with creativity and innovation.
https://www.stereocafebar.com/ Instagram @stereocafebar
2 – The Hug & Pint
Another multi-purpose location here, but it could not be missed from the list. With a weekly menu change you have to be quick to try the experimental outpourings from these extremely talented chefs. With more of a focus on Asian and Southern Hemisphere plant-based meals, The Hug & Pint offers really high quality, ethically sourced foods you probably haven’t even heard of before, and that’s exactly what the adventurous foody should be trying to explore. Once you’ve treated once sensory palate, you can go downstairs to the gig venue where you would likely see something from the DIY touring circuit. An all-round great experience for anyone who wishes to see some of Glasgow’s underbelly.
https://www.thehugandpint.com/ Instagram @thehugandpint
3 – The 13th Note
This is the last eatery that doubles up as a venue, I promise. Located in the tail end of the city’s Merchant City, The 13th Note is very much a must visit when undertaking your food tour of Glasgow. The approach here is to adapt existing meat-based meals and make them plant-based; tofu curry, to-fish and chips, satay skewers etc. With an excellent selection of beers and a very creative menu, you would be hard pushed to find a better ‘all-rounder’ in this part of town. And if your musical tendencies lean more towards the alternative and anarchistic, this is the place for you.
http://13thnote.co.uk/ Instagram @13th_note
4 – Singl-End Garnethill
Did someone say “sweet tooth”? Goodness me, the cakes, bakes and breads that are all vegan friendly in this culinary cocoon are mind boggling. Also hidden away in an ‘in the know’ sort of spot, Singl-End has to be on your list if you are a fan of great coffee and dessert wizardry. Combining a brilliant veggie/vegan savoury menu with their city famous post-stomach stuffing meal closers, the attention to detail when re-creating the flavour spectrum from milk/eggs/cream is frankly incredible. This is all complimented by the quaint and well considered interior theme/design.
https://thesingl-end.co.uk/garnethill/ Instagram singlendcafe_garnethill/
5 – Kimchi Cult
It does what it says on the tin – A Korean classic with a street food twist. Although the menu is somewhat limited, the standard and quality of this establishment’s wares is outstanding. Mixing traditional Korean street food with a broader Asian style ‘side of the house’ type shop front, this is a great local find for foodies far and wide. With perhaps only 6 tables you have to time it well to ensure you can get a seat, but it is worth every minute in the queue if you have to bide your time.
http://www.kimchicult.com/ Instagram @kimichicult
Dan Stevenson is vegetarian (mostly vegan) from North East Scotland who spends a lot of time travelling abroad as a musician, trying to maintain a healthy and consistent diet whilst battling language barriers and nae sayers. Coupled with this and being a hobby chef of sorts, there are many tips and tricks to show even the most avid meat eater that a plant-based diet can provide all the nutrients, flavour and creativity your average person needs.
You can follow Dan over on Instagram at _danstevenson and @frontiererband