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The Gannet

1155 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G3 8TB
Critics Review 4/5
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Opening Information

Monday
Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday
Closed Lunch : 17:00 - 21:30
Thursday - Saturday
12:00 - 14:00 : 17:00 - 21:30
Sunday
13:00 - 19:30

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining

About The Gannet

The Gannet is an award winning Scottish independent bar and restaurant in the vibrant destination of Finnieston in Glasgow. Our menus celebrate the best of Scottish produce, dictated by the rhythms of the British seasons in a stripped back and relaxed setting. Opened in October 2013, we have won Best Restaurant Newcomer in the Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards 2014, Best Newcomer at The List Eating and Drinking Awards 2014, Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Three AA Rosette's and have received reviews in The Guardian, The Sunday Herald and The Scotsman. Winner of the title 'Scottish Restaurant of the Year' at the AA Awards 2015.

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Emma Mykytyn of Food and Drink Glasgow:
4/5
Formerly one of the west end’s least-inviting neighbourhoods, Finnieston appears to be where Glasgow’s foodie renaissance is taking place. Akin to Shoreditch in London and the transformation that has taken place there, many of cities best restaurants can now be found within a few blocks of each other and slap bang in the middle of this go-to area, The Gannet leads the way with a Michelin Bib Gourmand, CIS award and AA award to its name – all this despite being only two years old! Does it live up to the hype? We think it does. With small plates or full a la carte, the menus offer a high-quality selection of seasonal Scottish ingredients with a focus on game and a few eye-catching items such as pig's head croquette! Each dish shines out against the moody decor and exposed brick, be it a seafood, meat or vegetable course. The plates are beautifully presented with vegetables framing the main ingredient and it’s all high-quality fare without any gimmicks or molecular gastronomy – just fresh ingredients, sensible combinations all cooked well without overpowering sauces or garnishes to ruin the real taste of what you’re eating. We arrived early so took a pew at the bar – there’s plenty of wine and a good selection of cocktails. We opted for the cheapest bottle of red, a Syrah/Carignan from Languedoc for £19 which was a no-frills basic red but low on tannins. The a la carte menu is a sensible size – 5 starters, 5 mains and 5 desserts. It just about caters to vegetarians but certainly isn’t vegan-friendly. Meat is prominent, Scottish meat in fact: partridge, lamb, beef, duck and venison. Provenance is important, so don’t forget the fish landed at Peterhead either! Confit was also prominent and after an amuse-bouche to whet our appetite we had this in three dishes: the partridge, duck and salmon - which is only the second time we’ve eaten that! The partridge starter was a bit dry but was the only course that disappointed. We had beef too and one minor criticism was that we weren’t asked how we’d like it cooked but thankfully it came out pink and tender, and the dripping potatoes that came with it were marvellous - fluffy interiors with a crisp coating. The duck which was also pink and tender came with, appropriately, duck fat potatoes which were almost as good. Onto the last course and the desserts are outstanding! We overheard the chocolate feuilletine being described as "if Michelin restaurants did Mars bars", it certainly tasted like it and seemingly the salted caramel fondant is worthy of a special visit, so we shall have to return! Portions aren’t the biggest so if you still have room after 3 courses we recommend sharing the cheese, which is supplied by nearby George Mews. We were provided with a cheddar, brie-style, blue and a goats’ cheese, so a mixed selection – all served at room temperature with toast and chutneys and all tasting great! Messrs Stein and McKenna, the chef proprietors, know their food and it shows. Our meal, including tip, was around £100 for three courses each and a bottle of wine. Service was slick, seating was comfortable, ambiance perfect and toilets were clean. Ease of booking: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Quality of food: 4/5 Quality of drinks: 4/5 Atmosphere: 5/5
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Visited On Sunday, 20 May 2018

Excellent food and cocktails. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing and the food was Michelin star quality at a very reasonable price.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 May 2018

Great food although quite a small menu. A wee petit-four of tablet or chocolate would have been nice with coffee, as would some dressed salad with my scotch egg starter. Service was great - professional and courteous as well as friendly and welcoming without being intrusive.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Excellent meal and equally excellent service. I was particularly excited about the surprise creme brulee dessert (that wasn't on the menu). It was delicious, and I don't often enjoy desserts!!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Gannet still on top form! Caramel chocolate fondant still one of the best desserts you'll find anywhere.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

The food and atmosphere were fantastic. However, the service was slow - our table was booked for 20:30 and we didn't manage to leave until just after 23:00.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Lovely food, relaxed but efficient and responsive service, very happy with table.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Lovely lunch. Very relaxing and service not hurried. Staff friendly

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Food and service in unpretensious setting - perfect. Will return to this special restaurant next time we visit Glasgow.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Super evening, the tasting menu was really varied and well balanced, with some great combinations of taste, and beautifully presented. The premium wine flight was tremendous, great wines, very well paired. All the team were warm and welcoming. Great choice for a Michelin quality, indulgent and enjoyable dining experience in Glasgow

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

The tasting menu was a perfect balance of flavor and texture. I found the wine pairings delightful with each course.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Food was outstanding! Absolutely wonderful. Great staff who accommodated our need to delay our main course by 20 mins...still delivering it absolutely perfectly when we were ready. The only thing that would have made it better for me would be for G&Ts to be perfect served & in larger glasses, I hate the tall thin ones. Will definitely be back again (& again, & again...)!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Lovely meal with great service.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

I have eaten at The Gannet a few times in the past and on previous occasions really enjoyed my experience (on these occasions I had opted to eat from the a la carte). Using foraged ingredients and seasonal produce is something I want to support (as I have a keen interest in this myself). This time our party chose to have the tasting menu, five of us the one with meat and fish and one of us the vegetarian menu. The food was on the whole tasty and in keeping with the restaurant’s brief and mission statement; the wine was good and not over priced; the crockery was interesting; the bread was well made; and the service was pleasant. However we all left feeling hungry and ordered food at a bar after. For £60 a head I feel that a customer should leave satisfied that they have been feed. There were long pauses between courses, none of which were substantial and the course order felt muddled. The second course in particular was small, insipid, and pretentious, the jelly tasted of little, it was an almost comedic portion of food. It followed a small smarter of two asparagus spears. I can see the validity of small, light, palette cleansing dishes in a tasting menu but not after a small course of vegetables, these should follow substantial courses. Again, the portion of cod for course three was also unwarrantedly small, although delicious. If we have such good produce in Scotland then let’s celebrate it by putting realistic portions on the plate, cod is relatively inexpensive. As a positive the Alexander’s were great but again I would like more. Course five was similar to course two, it felt like filler, was uninteresting and not note worthy, the cut berries were scarce. Course six (the dessert) was very good and well made, well done to the pastry chef this was of a high standard. Service was pleasant and in formal but lacked finesse, wine was spilled on a few occasions whilst pouring. Plates were set down at different angles in front of us and there was no regimentation to plate orientation (if a chef plates up a dish, they usually intended it to be set before a customer in a specific way), cloths used to carry plates on occasion came into contact with food. The hot dishes were introduced and served with very little enthusiasm. Also, when clearing courses words were put into our mouths “that was all delicious, thank you very much?” This feels strange, I am the one deciding whether a dish is delicious or not, it came across as assumptions and odd. We also felt uneasy about the presence of the member of staff in the blue shirt who I presumed to be the maitre-d. Although our table was in close proximity to his work station he made no attempt to welcome, interact, or even smile at us. I am left questioning where The Gannet really sees itself. It doesn’t feel like a celebration of Scottish produce and interesting foraged ingredients. As a group we agreed that the experience felt mean. There is good cooking present but due mainly to portion size it does not feel like you are experiencing these great ingredients to their fullest. We felt as a group that the portions should be bigger or the number of courses extended or one be noticeably bigger and feel like the focus of the meal. After this visit we would not be inspired to recommend The Gannet to anyone.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Excellent wine. Nice and delicate food. Good info from the somalier. But it is way to little food for two hungry men. After the meal(six courses) we headed over the street to eat croquettas on a spanish place.. I would make larger portions. And what is it with the foam instead of good sauce?

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

As usual, lovely food and good service. A little slower than in the past because the restaurant was full but it was a pleasure to see it busy.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Spring menu and wine were a delight and service was good and friendly.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 May 2018

To Peter & all his hardworking team in the kitchen and to all the front of house staff, many thanks for the wonderful food and service my partner Stephen and I received when we visited The Gannet on Tuesday May 8th. It truly was a wonderful evening. We were visiting from Ireland and we were glad to have had the chance to taste and savour fantastic food in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Many, many thanks from both of us, Jo Foley & Stephen Breslin.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

We had the tasting menu with prestige matched wines. Fabulous start to finish. Great dishes, really well thought out and beautifully presented. Just the right size to allow enjoyment of all 6 courses. The match wines were extraordinary (my particular favourite was the white Beaujolais which hadn’t tried before). Have already recommended to friends.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

Beautiful food, great service but expensive

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

The quality and taste of the food was fantastic. My girlfriend and I had the 6 course Spring menu, the mutton dish and the salted caramel fondant with tonka bean ice cream were stand out amazing. The portions are small but come together perfectly on the plate and the skills going into each one are apparent. I would reccomend this option if you are dining here as it lets you taste a variety of produce and dishes. We chose not to go with the accompanying wine package but it did look like good value, choosing to try some of the cocktails and beer selection instead. All round we are definitely planning on returning in the future to sample other dishes.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

Lovely food in a relaxed setting

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

I love this restaurant. It is expensive and very much a treat but I am never disappointed when I go. Staff are very friendly and for the most part can answer questions about the food.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 April 2018

Unique flavours friendly knowledgeable staff! A true dining experience

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

We had such a wonderful dinner last night - the duck was exceptional. Fine dining in a lovely wee part of town.

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