Arisaig at Merchant Square, Glasgow
RATING: Food 4; Atmosphere 4; Service 4; Drinks 4; Toilets 4; Website 4
Whoever thought of turning Glasgow’s former fruit market into the home for restaurants and bars should be applauded. The concept in the heart of the vibrant Merchant City is superb. Arisaig, therefore, has a great platform and it lives up to its billing of being a classy, contemporary Scottish restaurant. They also feature Scotland’s natural larder with an eye-catching menu which includes langoustines from the West Coast, Highland venison or Perthshire lamb. I plumped for mussels in a cream and leek sauce and thought long and hard over a slow-roast lamb shank, creamy mash and mint jus but decided on a sirloin steak for main. Another member plumped for venison steak with chicken liver pate and wild mushroom mille-feuille with fondant potato and raspberry jus. No complaints. The wine list is complemented by a range of local craft ales, a pleasing aspect as we often neglect to spotlight locally-produced beer. The covered courtyard allows diners to enjoy the full atmosphere of vibrant Merchant Square which was busy, even on a Monday night. We were promised a warm, Scottish welcome and we got one. One of our party left his glasses and they rushed out to the taxi to deliver them. That’s service. We’ll be back.