Some restaurants are rock ‘n’ roll – they are like Keith Richards trying to make an omelette using just two crocodile eggs and a half bottle of Jack.
Others are grand – imagine Penelope Keith in a chef’s hat sternly reminding the kitchen staff not to overcook the grouse.
Urban Bar and Brasserie is more urbane, sophisticated. Among the female members of Team Big Deal the preferred day dream is that of George Clooney murmuring ‘Shall I choose the wine?’
If you would like to enjoy a fine meal for two in one of Glasgow’s more cosmopolitan restaurants then set the sat-nav for Urban Bar and Brasserie on St Vincent Place.
City centre elegance
Once home to the Bank of England’s Scottish HQ, Urban Bar and Brasserie has retained its dashing good looks. With its wood panels, stunning flower displays and ornate cornicing, it is rather an elegant city centre spot and this Big Deal is designed to let you see what they do best.
Flexible meal times
Available noon to 9pm, Sunday to Thursday, and noon to 4pm on Fridays, this offer would be perfect for a working lunch, pre-theatre meal; afternoon shopping break; a romantic night out or a lazy Sunday afternoon lunch.
The offer is for two people to each have a starter, main course and dessert from the following summer into autumn menu:
Soup du jour with bread
Smooth parfait of chicken livers with red onion & orange marmalade
Smoked mackerel spread with Thai jelly, citrus crème fraiche & micro herbs
Parmesan and onion quiche with rocket & Pommery mustard
Michael’s Scotch beef burger with mature cheddar, cucumber relish & chips
Garlic & lime-marinated breast of chicken with sticky rice, sweet soya & basil oil
Cajun-spiced fillet of hake with fettuccine, honey & ginger cream
Crisp-fried fillet of bream with gem, watercress, goat’s cheese, watermelon & basil
Crab and prawn linguine with citrus oil, chilli and rocket
Mushroom and roast pepper tart with Comte on tomato salsa cream
Strawberries with vanilla ice cream & mint syrup
Comte and Roquefort with apricot chutney
Today’s ice-cream with chocolate sauce
White chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis
Priced from £3.50, extra side dishes such as rocket and Parmesan with aged balsamic, champ mash or chips will also be available.
The Urban Bar and Brasserie won two AA Rosettes within months of opening but the critics that really matter also love it.
At the time of writing, just over 660 people have booked meals at Urban Bar and Brasserie through 5pm. Together, they have awarded the restaurant a fantastic combined score of 4.4/5.
These are the comments left on Urban Bar and Brasserie’s 5pm entry by recent visitors:
‘As good as ever. The food and service was as good as always. The duck was cooked to perfection and the restaurant was busy with good atmosphere for a Tuesday evening.’ Rating 5/5
‘Consistently 5/5. As a regular diner at Urban Bar & Brasserie I’m never disappointed. A pleasure to dine there every time.’ Rating 5/5