The cavernous Merchant Square is always a popular destination for that cafe culture feeling without having to actually be outdoors, especially when the Scottish weather starts to get a bit rough, but Arisaig Bar & Restaurant is well worth visiting in its own right. Sit on the cobbled terrace and enjoy some people watching or dine in the warm, smartly presented brasserie for a more chilled out atmosphere.
The owner named the restaurant after the highland village he visited as a child and that personal touch sets the tone for the whole experience. Serving Scottish food with a European twist the secret ingredient is always pride. The chef delights in sourcing top quality produce and serving it with flair. The menu features everyone’s Scottish favourites including haggis and black pudding, but the details lift it above the standard chicken Balmoral etc. No menu in a good Scottish restaurant would be complete without some beautiful seafood and Arisaig excels here serving the best fish and shellfish our seas have to offer. Get the Sea & Land Board you’re struggling to decide.
If you’re a pudding person (who isn’t?), you’ll love the weekly changing dessert menu. Each choice is carefully considered and made on the premises, again, demonstrating the love that the staff feel for what they do.
If you want a night out with a difference check out their frequent special events. Regular wine dinners, whisky tastings and special menus are fun AND educational, and always with the same emphasis on quality ingredients and preparation. Their upstairs balcony overlooking the courtyard is available to book for private parties and the staff will be happy to talk through your event with you to make it something really special.
For wonderful Scottish food served with thought and love definitely try Arisaig.
Arisaig, 1 Merchant Square, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE