Prime Scottish seafood and steak account for the popularity of Glasgow’s City Merchant Restaurant and, as the venture sails happily into its third decade, it shows no sign of floundering. An atmospheric restaurant in the centre of Glasgow’s fashionable Merchant City district, the City Merchant is pleasantly decked out with rustic wooden fittings and a subtle Celtic motif. As popular with corporate diners as it is for romantic dinners, is handily located for Glasgow city centre’s offices and nearby theatres and concert halls.
The City Merchant will always hold a place in the hearts and stomachs of Glasgow’s seafood lovers. The Merchant City favourite sells plenty of highland venison, haggis-stuffed chicken and sirloin, T-bone and fillet steaks but it is the fish, lobsters, oysters and mussels of the clear Scottish waters which are its trump card. Play it simple with some oysters on the half shell or test the kitchen a bit more with monkfish collops and farfalle pasta tossed in olive oil, chilli, garlic and herbs. The seafood platter is a monster catch of langoustines, oysters, scallops, mussels, prawns and dressed crab. If you really want to push the boat out then you can add on a half lobster. The excellent Scottish cheeseboard is another reason to return to Glasgow’s City Merchant.