Over the past few years, eating out in Glasgow’s city and Southside has increasingly become part of everyday life with many new and exciting eateries popping up all around. During these tough times surrounding Covid-19 the hospitality sector has suffered greatly, but with relevant guidelines in place, and many of the restaurants and deli’s opening back up on April 26th they have managed to find some stable ground to welcome customers back! I will be taking you through some of my favourite healthy (ish) eateries to dine-in and simply take-away that I can guarantee will have your taste buds going. Who says healthy eating can’t be scrummy?!
Wilson Street Pantry (Merchant City)
Let’s do brunch?
Not only is Wilson Street Pantry perfect for your early morning pick me up, but it also serves some of the best brunch/lunch in Glasgow. The new format offers relevant social distancing measures while still maintaining its chic/instagrammable vibes. The extensive brunch menu offers everything from their classic Eggs Benny, to sweet treats (if you are living dangerously) such as pancakes and French Toast goodness. My personal favourite is the sourdough with avocado, haloumi, and a poached egg.
Set amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, Sprigg is your go to for ultimate fresh eating. Known for their fresh food bowls and great coffee, you can guarantee to be feeling full and content after your lunch time fix. Sprigg offer in-store ready to eat bowls or you can simply turn up and curate your own dish from the many options they have, perfect for veggies, vegans and everyone in between, you’ll be sure to be leaving with a bowl full of colour. Make sure to bring your own container for discounts!
This quaint little independent café is situated in the southside of Glasgow in Giffnock, around 20 minutes from the city. Out of all the places that I am recommending, you must make sure to get here in good time – there is never a seat left. Perfect for brunching and lunching, Bramble offer typical hollandaise dishes to delicious vegan flatbread and even feature a classic nasi goreng. One thing you can be sure is they will make your dish exactly how you like it. You can also expect the most delicious, sweet treats to even your palette and wash it all down with one of their glorious coffees.
Kember and Jones
Perhaps a more sentimental choice as I have been going to Kember and Jones since I was a small girl on lunch dates with my mum. I will always remember the intense deli aroma when you walk through their doors. Calling themselves the ‘Fine Food Emporium’ you can find K&J in Glasgow’s West End sitting amongst the classic bohemian surroundings on Byres Road. Priding themselves on their highest quality of service across all boards, this deli produces some of the best fresh baked breads and coffee in the West End. Surrounding its calm and chilled atmosphere are dishes inspired by time spent in Europe and North Africa by its owners, Phil Kember and Claire Jones. Offering many gluten free, vegan and plant based options, you are sure to find something you will enjoy if not simply the surroundings of this cosy delicatessen.
Set slightly further afield, you can find Gro Coffee in Irvine, North Ayrshire placed right on the sea front. Founded in 2015 it was essential to the owners to create a great place to hang out and enjoy the simple things in life such as good food and drinks. You are welcomed immediately by the large couches and armchairs creating the instant feel of home from home and its comforts. This feeling is continued outside to their courtyard which is always well-lit into the night. This truly is a community hub offering organic, quality eats including an in-house bakery which will make it hard for you not to leave without a biscoff doughnut.
Finally, I must mention this Italian Street food eatery based on Skirving Street in Glasgow’s Southside (sister Espresso Bar “Sotto” in Glasgow City). Glasgow is full of fantastic Italian restaurants so you would be missing out by not trying Piatto which will have your fresh Italian food ready in minutes to take away. You can expect delicious freshly baked pizza slices and pasta dishes as well as quality Italian coffee. Throughout these tough times during the coronavirus pandemic, Piatto played their part in helping our National Health Service (NHS) through their #PayItForward scheme which allowed customers to donate meals for those working in the frontline against the pandemic. Making around 3000 dishes to have delivered and collected by our amazing health care workers, Piatto did justice to show all our immense appreciation to those risking their lives to keep all of us safe.
@dinewithdecto – Key chef at Piatto cooking up all sorts of Italian goodness. You can keep up with Declan’s healthy Italian recipes, perfect for a post-barre meal!