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 weekly chart 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.  

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1. Gamba (New Entry)

Gamba has held a 2 AA Rosette rating since the first oyster was shucked back in 1998. They reopened yesterday, bringing the finest catch of the day back to West George Street. Reacquaint yourself with their fish soup - a finely balanced blend of Portland crabmeat, stem ginger, coriander and prawn dumplings. One of our favourite starters in the city. Monkfish and scallops for the main course, cooked with fish sauce and lemon.

2. Le Petit Cochon (New Entry)

Sitting on the edge of Kelvingrove Park, this independent neighbourhood wine bar and bistro transforms local produce and imported treats into strong, seasonal dishes. A local favourite, they have reopened Wednesday to Sunday with a new head chef. Try crêpes with jambon, gruyére and fried egg for a continental start to the day.

3. SWG3 (New Entry)

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Ronnie's Bar and Bike Shop in SWG3's Galvanizer's Yard can now cater indoor and outdoor, giving plenty of reasons to visit the art space over what's left of the summer. Book your own picnic bench space and then order food and cocktails through an app.

They'll be delivered direct to your table. Choose from Julie's Kopitiam, Gaga Chicken, Firebird Pizza and Shawarmarama.

4. Ka Pao (Up from 8)

Glasgow Times: Glasgow set for taste of London with Scotland’s first ‘restaurant residency’ at SWG3

Inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine, Ka Pao’s chefs design dishes that pack a flavourful punch. A smash hit on Vinicombe Street, they were just getting into their stride before being forced to close. Retaining attention with their dine at home kits, you can now find a table in their spacious dining room and order a steady supply of spicy combinations.

5. Thundercat (Down from 3)

A new arrival on Miller Street, where SoHo pizza once was, Thundercat Pub and Diner is the reason you now see so many Chicago style deep dish pizzas lathered in tomato sauce on your Instagram feed. Their fried chicken and waffles have also captured the imagination. From the team behind Buck’s Bar with Yvonne Noon, formerly of The Sisters restaurant, in the kitchen.

6. Ubiquitous Chip (Up from 7)

Glasgow Times: Owner of Ubiquitous Chip Colin Clydesdale pictured.

They celebrate 50 years of local hospitality next year. Having kept the West End supplied with lobsters and wine from their shop over lockdown, you can now return for a proper celebration, enjoying food in a place that’s become a byword for Glasgow hospitality. You can also book the rooftop terrace with pals.

7. The Anchor Line (New Entry)

A business-friendly dining room and cocktail bar, immaculate and plush, housed in a striking looking building on St Vincent Place. Pictures and fixtures depict the world of transatlantic travel associated with the Anchor Line company who operated routes from Glasgow to New York by steamship. Visit for oysters Rockefeller or West of Scotland shell-on king prawns grilled with garlic butter.

8. Eusebi (New Entry) 

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Expect freshly made Italian dishes along with imported pastas, wine, cheese and meats to take home with you. Giovanna Eusebi proudly carries on the culinary traditions started by her grandfather. Order the cacio pepe royale for brunch. Soft scrambled eggs, Roman style with smoked salmon, pecorino and black pepper, served on toasted sourdough. 

9. Bibi’s Cantina (Down from 6)

Undaunted by the challenges of reopening their small Partick hangout, Bibi’s have moved outside to their backcourt, bringing in picnic tables, deckchairs and a frozen Margarita drinks truck. We like their style. Burritos are back on the menu, weather permitting.

10. Sugo (Down from 9)

A pasta place, from the team behind Paesano, they’ve bounced back after lockdown, reopening the restaurant and designing a fresh pasta delivery service that starts next week. Try squid ink spaghetti with baby squid ragu and lemon pangrattato inspired by Sicily or Pappardelle with slow cooked beef ragu from Tuscany.