Jacqueline & Pauline O’Donnell started feeding hungry Glasgwegians with the catchphrase ‘big sis cooks, wee sis serves’. 15 years later their operation has expanded to 2 popular restaurants as well as special events and cookery demonstrations but that rough set up remains the same. Jaqueline is in the kitchen putting together superb Scottish food and Pauline runs a friendly and enthusiastic front of house.
Housed in an old tenement and decorated with clean white walls and table linen, dark soft furnishings and polished wood floor The Sisters Kelvingrove is infinitely classy. It’s a smallish venue, stretched across two rooms, feeling quite intimate and chilled out. A large hatch at one end gives you a glimpse into the kitchen, which is always pleasantly reassuring.
The Sisters’ food is traditional Scottish home cooking. Simple enough to be recognisable as the sort of thing many Scots grew up on, but handled with flair and jazzed up enough to always feel special. Haggis features of course, along with their famous glazed ham and equally famous puff candy meringue and ice cream. Scottish produce is the star of the show and provenance plays a big part on the menu. The origins of the top billed ingredient of almost every dish is mentioned.
The enthusiasm for the produce and food of the sisters themselves is mirrored in that of the staff, who are happy to talk to you about their suppliers and give you background on the dishes.
Comforting home cooking with an upmarket edge, The Sisters Kelvingrove is not to be missed.
The Sisters Kelvingrove, 36 Kelvingrove Street, West End, Glasgow, G3 7RZ