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Travel between Stirling and Troon in Scotland

PappyAustin Apr 19, 2014 11:37 AM

Looking for a nice dinner in the range of $40-50 per person for this summer. Don't want to stray too far from the travel route and anything except Asian or Indian will do, I know we will go right past Glasgow but would prefer not to go into the city center. Does not have to be in Glasgow either. Any suggestions?

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    PappyAustin RE: PappyAustin Apr 19, 2014 04:06 PM

    May have found a good answer. Any comments on Braidwoods in Dairy? Appears to be on the way and a very good restaurant

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      curiouseater RE: PappyAustin Apr 20, 2014 11:43 AM

      Depends which route you are going? If you are going via Dalry then Braidwoods is a reasonable option although I don't understand why it has a Michelin star when Martin Wishart and Kitchin both have one. I think of it as the kind of cooking you can get in many a place in Glasgow. My friend went recently iand described it as good, using Scottish produce. If you are going M77 motorway to Troon there is not really anything on the way worthwhile stopping for. There are a few good places in Troon? Scott's in the Harbour looking out to Arran. Maccallums fishmongers oyster bar. Lochgreen and Highrove have been around forever and still have good reps.

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        PappyAustin RE: curiouseater Apr 20, 2014 09:59 PM

        So what would you suggest in Glasgow on my route?

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          Harters RE: PappyAustin Apr 21, 2014 05:20 AM

          The Good Food Guide still rates the Ubiquitous Chip highest amongst its Glasgow listed restaurants. It's been around almost forever. We first went over 20 years ago and it would always be on my list if visiting the city. Good to see the venison haggis is still on the starters menu.

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            PappyAustin RE: Harters Apr 21, 2014 06:29 AM

            Thanks Harters. For one time visitors to Glasgow that like to find the great places the locals frequent, would you suggest Ubiquitous Chip over somewhere like Number 16?

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              Harters RE: PappyAustin Apr 21, 2014 07:16 AM

              Don't know No. 16 so can't comment on comparisions - except for saying that, whilst the Good Food Guide includes it, it does not give it a rating. That may or may not mean anything significant. I've reviewed places for the Guide over the years that have only found their way into the book without a rating - it may just be that there have been insufficient reviews for them to form a view. Reading the write-up, Number 16 seems to be a pretty standard neighbourhood bistro serving "Modern European" food. The Chip concentrates on more specifically Scottish produce, etc.

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                curiouseater RE: Harters Apr 21, 2014 12:39 PM

                Hello, I suppose it depends what you want. If you liked the look of the menu at Braidwoods I would call that modern Scottish and you can get that at Ian Brown in the South side in Giffnock, not that big a detour off the m77 and back on again or any of the Two Fat Ladies or Roastit bubbly Jocks, or the two sisters all in the West End.
                I personally am not that excited by that kind of food, but many love it, of course. Other places in the West end are Cail Bruich the chef there spent a summer at Noma a year ago, again uses Scottish produce but a bit more interesting. La Valle Blanche round the corner, French (obviously). Recent chowhounders visiting Glasgow went to No 16 and loved it even said the meals they had there and at Crabshakk were comparable to meals subsequently had in Paris..Sorry to dis the Chip but my husband was there for dinner recently and when I asked him how it was he said 'bland..unmemorable', couldn't tell me what he had.if you want to go where local go then Stravaigin, Roastits or two fat ladies, or two sisters..

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                  fraggle200 RE: curiouseater Apr 22, 2014 04:42 AM

                  I totally agree with the options above. Another few I would recommend are:

                  I've never been disappointed in any of these before.
                  The left bank and Butchershop are a little more refined but nowhere near as much as Brian Maule, he worked at Le Gavroche for years and has continued to deliver amazing food but has yet to get a Michelin star for his bother.
                  The black sheep bistro and Butterfly and Pig are both very unpretentious but deliver some solid cooking with a home cooked vibe in both and their prices are incredibly reasonable. Beware, the portions in the Black Sheep are huge!

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                    PappyAustin RE: curiouseater Jul 19, 2014 11:05 AM

                    If we are in Glasgow on a Wednesday and want something close to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery for a casual lunch, what would you suggest?

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                      curiouseater RE: PappyAustin Jul 20, 2014 10:32 AM

                      Roast 1299 Argyll St G3 8TL. Small shop run by a very smiley lovely lady called Lynn who does all the cooking. Excellent Brisket, 'Phily cheesesteak' (inverted commas as though extremely tasty some might say not authentic, but as it's in Glasgow it very acceptable to me) Pulled Pork. homemade soups etc. Not many seats to sit in but can get take out and sit outside if sunny.
                      Just up the road very small South Indian Banana Leaf for dosas.
                      Also nearby Mother India Cafe again São e may say not authentic, but still tasty esp the butter chicken, patina lamb, and peshwari naan.
                      A bit further up is Ox and Finch, the most trendy of the four, so you might need to reserve a table. Indeed if you are able to walk a bit further up quite a few places to choose from including Piece which does very good handmade sandwiches from bread baked on site, or the excellent Crabshakk.
                      Lots of choice in that neck of the woods.

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