With its baronial Brigadoon vibe, swathes of mahogany, stained glass and tartan carpets, The Buttery is a Glasgow institution that has been feeding the city for decades.
Seafood queens The Two Fat Ladies pitched up here in 2007 and have made the place their own since then, overlaying the venue’s luxurious demeanour with their trademark fish cookery. Expect an eclectic menu that roams around the globe, and makes a bad choice nearly impossible with the likes of pan-fried fillet of Shetland halibut with Cajun spice, sweetcorn and coriander salsa, avocado mousse and tempura king prawn, flash-fried West Coast scallops, crispy gnocchi, wild mushrooms and kale, with light Barwheys cheddar cream, or grilled whole lemon sole with smoked cheddar, herb panko crumb and saffron and tomato tartar sauce. Meat eaters might fancy pan-fried fillets of Scottish beef layered with horseradish and thyme potato crush, roasted onions and glazed bearnaise sauce or Roasted supreme of Gressingham duck, fondant potato, smoked maple syrup pears and a rose harissa jus. Elsewhere puds run from Buttery creme brûlée with apricot, prosecco and a almond granola pot to a dark chocolate and spiced dark rum gateau with baked white chocolate ice cream.
Meals here aren’t cheap, but the exceptional cooking and high-end ingredients make it feel like good value. Mains clock in somewhere around £25 but set lunches and theatre deals offer excellent value where two courses cost £18, and tree courses are offered for £21.
As with many popular restaurants in the are you will be expected to surrender your table back to the team after two hours, but we’ve found that staff are often accommodating if you overrun and they don’t have a pressing need for it.
We’d recommend booking ahead where possible, as the dining room isn’t the largest space and gets busy quickly on choice evenings.