My Top 3 Glasgow Restaurant Picks For 2011

Glasgow, as most visitors will testify, is a fantastic city with a vibrant and exciting nightlife. What many fail to appreciate, though, is that the Glasgow restaurant circuit is just as exciting, varied and high class as its nightlife. From gastro-pubs to 5 star a 'la carte restaurants, this city has it in abundance. But with so much to choose from, where do you begin. Well, I dont expect this small critique will be master guide to the city's eateries, but here, in no particular order are my personal favorites.

1. Michael Caines. This oh-so chic restaurant is located right in the heart of Glasgow on the beautiful Bath street, home to some very exclusive residences and smart offices. The trendy location echos the up-market and contemporary feel of this recently opened restaurant. The whole experience at at MC's is in stark contrast to the Victorian facade in which it resides for its the last word in contemporary dining. Its also worth pointing out that Michael Caines is actually names after the chef who own it and not the famous actor, although there are references to the latter in the building. Mr Caine in this case is a top award winning chef with an amazing pedigree, including an MBE. This dedication to quality and service is reflected throughout the whole establishment. Foodies will love the menu and everyone will love the relaxed, informal yet very sophisticated ambiance of the place - highly recommended.

2. Sloans Bar And Restaurant. Sloans is legendary in Glasgow. The city's oldest pub and restaurant is actually a tourist attraction in its own right and people come from far and wide to view the Grand Ballroom, as well as the staircase and, of course sample the fine ales and food available. The décor is stunning, featuring the recently refurbished restaurant complete with its stunning Georgian wood panelling and intricately carved cornices. The food is excellent, and theres plent of it, but I partucularly like the eat dine night which is held every Tuesday, that enables you to take in a movie while eating your meal - just like being at home as a little kid in front of the telly - fantastic!

3. Dragon I. This new venue is getting a lot of publicity - and no wonder why. If you love Chinese food - and lets face it, who doesn't then you really need to visit Dragon I. In keeping with the food, the surroundings are lavish and convey a feeling of warmth and seclusion. The food, as I have hinted, is second to none - and the Black Bean sauce is simply the best that I have ever tasted. Please dont miss it.

I hope you enjoyed my quick little tour of the Glasgow restaurant scene but, of course, this is only the very beginning. In a city that prides itself as being the party capital of Scotland, you are sure to find every kind of restaurant to satisfy your needs. From Mongolian, to Japanese, American to Spanish, Glasgow has it all. Eat, enjoy and come back soon.