Glasgow has a stellar reputation for its foodie scene. Locals and visitors alike love the street food, international cuisine, quirky cafes and fancy restaurants found across the many districts. For variety, it’s unbeatable across Scotland. But for some time Michelin stars have passed the city by – unlike its eastern counterpart, Edinburgh, which has an ever-increasing number. Now that’s changed, with Glasgow’s first restaurant to be awarded the prestigious accolade. The city’s army of gourmand fans believes that it’s about time. And as this buzzing metropolis contains some of our favourite places to eat, we’re sure that many more will follow soon.
Unalome by Graeme Cheevers
Its name is a reference to our path in life, according to Buddhist philosophy. And Unalome has certainly had an exciting path since it hit the Glasgow food scene, with the recent addition of a Michelin Star. Chef-Patron Graeme Cheevers chose his home city as the destination for his first solo venture, creating a relaxed, unpretentious and accessible setting for his fine food — guests can choose from a set lunch menu, through to a decadent tasting experience. An open kitchen, green velvet seating, statement lighting, gold accents and parquet flooring ensures the interior is very a la mode, as befitting its trendy Finnieston locale.
The 3 AA Rosettes of Cali Bruich are now matched with a shiny Michelin star. And this isn’t the restaurant’s only first; Chef Lorna McNee is so far the only female in Scotland to hold a star. Her tasting menus are distinctly Scottish, seasonal and light – full of indigenous produce like Isle of Skye langoustine, Sladesdown Farm duck, West Coast crab and Wye Valley asparagus. Accompanying herbs are grown in-house and used in the beautifully presented tasting menus. The restaurant is found on the Great Western Road, in the city’s trendy West End, with service available for lunch or dinner sittings.