About Avant Garde
This was literally a shot in the dark chosen from the 5pm list of available restaurants and we were not disappointed by the eclectic menu, the service and the ambience. It has a very airy feeling about it and we had plenty of space around us. I can't imagine it will ever be choc a bloc but who knows! There appears to be a variety of live entertainment on offer throughout the week. Our food was very well prepared by the Portuguese chef, very tasty and generous in portion size. Very good overall.
Best little hidden spot
I would have easily walked by this gem of a restaurant but now I'll never miss it again. The food was great, the service was fantastic and the manager was probably one of the best things about this restaurant. He was attentive, friendly, chatty and made sure our party was well cared for. If I could rate higher than a 5 I definitely would
Merchant City music bar and restaurant
An inviting space with a cool, contemporary décor, Avant Garde is a lively music bar and restaurant on King Street in the Merchant City. The huge windows are great for people watching but much of the attention focuses on the regular live music, especially the weekend ceilidh and jazz sessions. The kitchen delivers a popular mix of bar classics and Mediterranean favourites with a strong Greek and Italian emphasis.
Freshly prepared British and Mediterranean dishes
All the food at Avant Garde is prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and is cooked to order. In addition to a good value lunch menu, Avant Garde runs a full a la carte. The menu features a wide selection of burgers, pasta and risotto alongside traditional choices such as mac ‘n’ cheese; steak and ale pie and haggis.
The dishes showing more of a Med influence include moussaka, pork or chicken souvlaki and chicken Milanese. From a Belgian chocolate sundae to warm sticky toffee pudding via walnut pie with vanilla pod ice cream, the Avant Garde desserts offer plenty of choice.
Local attractions and transport
Located on King Street, Avant Garde is convenient for shows at the Old Fruitmarket, the Tron and Barrowland. There is car parking at King Street and the nearest train stations are at High Street and Argyle Street. Numerous buses run along Trongate and from the St Enoch Bus Station. The transport hubs of Queen Street and Central stations are a brisk ten minute walk.