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AN essential snapshot of the city’s food scene, here’s our countdown of the most-talked about, must-visit restaurants in Glasgow right now.

Our new weekly chart, a partnership between the Glasgow Times and Glasgowist and released every Thursday, is ranked according to one important, ever-fluctuating quality: Who has the most buzz? We consider them the most interesting places to eat right now. You should too.

READ MORE: Glasgowist: Here's the city's best food and drink this weekend

Featuring new openings, old favourites, rising star chefs, emerging food trends, seasonal ingredients or new found popularity, we’ll update you each week. Look out for new entries.

New restaurant Gloriosa, founded by former Alchemilla chef Rosie Healey, which has just opened on Argyle Street, has come out at number one on the first week’s list, followed by Ox and Finch and Julie’s Kopitiam.

1. Gloriosa (n/e)

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  • Address: 1321 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AB
  • Phone: 0141 334 0594

Rosie Healey, the founding chef of Alchemilla, has returned to Argyle Street this week after a spell in London at Padella Pasta in Shoreditch. Expect immaculately prepared vegetable and pasta dishes at Gloriosa, with traditional fish and meat plates from the wood-fired oven. Set to be one of the most-talked-about openings of the year

2. Ox and Finch (n/e)

Glasgow Times: GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 16: a general view of the Ox and Finch restaurant in the Finnieston area of Glasgow's West End on November 16, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. Shot for a Herald Magazine feature by Kevin McKenna on how Finnieston has changed in rec

  • Address: 920 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G3 7TF
  • Phone: 0141 339 8627

Go for modern small plate dining that covers a lot of culinary ground. Chef Jonathan MacDonald runs a lively neighbourhood restaurant that celebrates the best of Scottish produce. Sure to be a popular choice for a festive night out.

3. Julie's Kopitiam (n/e)

Glasgow Times: Julie's Kopitiam, 1109 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow. Photograph by Colin Mearns

  • Address: 1109 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 3YG
  • Phone: 0141 237 9560

From Masterchef contestant to street food pioneer to established Pollokshaws Road favourite, Julie Lin MacLeod’s star is very much in the ascendancy. Winner of Malaysian Restaurant of the Year at the recent Scottish Asian Food Awards.

4. Sugo Pasta (n/e)

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The new pasta place from the successful team behind Paesano opened on Monday. A large, modern, stylish dining room, Sugo is a sprawling space where you can watch chefs produce fresh pasta in a buzzy, informal setting. You’ll find good quality ingredients and simple presentation.

5. Hutchesons (n/e)

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One of the most impressive dining rooms in the city with a menu showcasing great seafood and steaks. They’ve just introduced some winter cocktails for December nights out.

6. Six by Nico (n/e)

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  • Address: 1132 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8TD
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  • Phone: 0141 334 5661

Finishing the year with an Alice and Wonderland themed feast, secure a table at their Argyle Street or Southside locations.

7. Bibimbap (n/e)

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  • Address: 3 W Nile St, Glasgow G1 2PR
  • Phone: 0141 221 6111

Korean barbecue and spicy comfort food comes to Partick with this new opening. The original Bibimbap, located on West Nile Street in the city centre, opened in March 2018 and has been a hit with its quirky style and modern Korean cuisine.

8. The Gannet (n/e)

Glasgow Times: The Gannet in Glasgow

  • Address: 1155 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8TB
  • Phone: 0141 204 2081

A highly-regarded leader of the Glasgow restaurants new wave, The Gannet has attracted international attention for fine dining in a casual setting. In their element at this time of year with plenty of Scottish game dishes on the menu with winter vegetables.

9. La Lanterna (n/e)

Glasgow Times: La Lanterna West End

  • Address: 35 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6AE
  • Phone: 0141 221 9160

Kevin Bridges, Peter Mullan and Johnny Logan have been recent visitors. Charismatic chef Luca Conreno brings big flavours imported straight from Italy to his Hope Street and Great Western Road restaurants.

10. blkbx coffee (n/e)

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  • Address: 16 Hope Street, G2 6AA

A new idea from Laurie MacMillan and Andrea Bartolini, the team behind Cafe Strange Brew on the Southside and Mesa in Dennistoun. They opened last week, serving Obidiah Coffee, roasted in Edinburgh. Slinging pizza, cheese toasties and some healthy snacks from a compact space beside Central Station.   


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