Friday night and the first of my Michelin and Bib Gourmand reviews was Stravaigin located in Glasgow's trendy West End near Kelvinbridge.
Stravaigin means to roam or ‘wander about’ and derives from the Ulster /Scot generation of settlers. The chefs here nod to this heritage by creating menus that use only the best and freshest of Scotland's larder. They even have their own small holding in Lochlibo, south west Glasgow where they grow and nurture some of their most unusual ingredients such as jelly melon cucumbers, purple mange tout, wasabi rocket and cucumelons.
Stravaigin is a sister Restaurant to the well known "Ubiquitous Chip" in Ashton Lane dating back to the days of Ronnie Clydesdale in the seventies. They are still a family run affair with Chef Colin Clydesdale at the helm.
The dining room is downstairs and has a rustic setting; with the pass on the way down.
I started with quite possibly one of the best first courses I have had in a long time - smoked salmon tartare with subtle horseradish mousse combined with hints of orange and crunchy pomegranate. Flavours were delicate and beautifully balanced but bursting with individuality.
My main course was a snob’s disdain with another fish course (but its January - think of my diet) namely sea bream in a bean cassoulet.
Dessert course was separated with the most amazing lemon sorbet whilst the finale itself was caramel tart with all components on the plate handmade (as you would expect but don't always receive). The apple and cinnamon ice cream was inspired. The burnt orange jus was more than my taste buds could handle on the excitement level and a decorative milk crumb was garnish. I am not surprised a Bib Gourmand rating has been given to this eatery every year since 2012.
I loved being able to enjoy food at this standard in a relaxed, unpretentious setting and reasonable prices are a bonus.
Absolutely brilliant from start to finish!(M. Andrews)
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