Congratulations guys and gals – you’ve finally done it – four plus years of hard work have come to end! From late night study sessions, seminar presentations and that dreaded dissertation, you’ve soared through university between cans of Red Bull and wild nights at the union and emerged victorious, free to explore your passions as a (gulp) full time adult. And if there’s any excuse for a mighty celebratory munch it’s multiple years of living off super noodles and Papa John’s Two for Tuesday. So grab your caps and gowns and take a gander to Glasgow’s top nine eateries for graduation celebration. Bon appetite!
Arguably one of the hottest spots for a west end chow, Ubiquitous Chip’s usually pricey offerings have been grated down to a tasty £29.95 for three courses in the Brasserie and £31.95 and £39.95 for a three course lunch and dinner in the restaurant exclusively for graduation celebration. With an eclectic array of cuisines included in the price such as confit rabbit leg and foie gras rillette, lochlibo vegetable, fregola and parmesan pistou and beetroot and chocolate cake, this haunt is definitely worth a visit, not only for the yummy menu, but also for the bustling atmosphere on Glasgow’s iconic Ashton Lane.
If you’re keen on French classics and fine wines, Hotel Du Vin offers a graduation menu at a humble £29.95 per person for three courses in their grand bistro. With experimental dishes with international influence such as green tea cake and chickpea and almond tagine, their menu boasts delectable options for veggies and meat eaters alike.
With a delicious three-course offering for £25 that includes a glass of vegan prosecco (chin chin) Red Onion welcomes graduates from near and far for a slice of their culinary creations. Dishes include grilled sea bass, crispy goats cheese and a selection of fine Scottish cheeses. Personalised menus can also be provided for those with allergies or dietary restrictions.
If you’re looking to discover the gastronomic nooks and crannies of Vietnam, The Hanoi Bike Shop takes its foodies on a mouth-watering journey through tofu landscapes and pho-nomenal (get it) classics. They also offer a gluten free menu and kids menu (for those pesky siblings) in a cozy canteen for more of a casual dining experience. Perfect for those who prefer delicious shared plates to set menus.
Another contender for fans of sharing plates, Ox and Finch delivers exciting dishes that please the taste buds while managing to avoid unnecessary spills from the bank balance. Its comfy crescent shaped leather bound booths are ideal for celebration with family and friends. Fresh plates featuring dry-aged beef carpaccio, pan-fried chicken livers with a number of tasty veggie treats such as wye valley asparagus and beer battered cauliflower make for a taste sensation like no other.
For the stylish casino lovers seeking bold Victorian vibes, The Corinthian Club is the perfect choice for some sophisticated nosh with the fam. Their graduation menu boasts a myriad of classics including smoked salmon, duck breast and baked vanilla cheesecake. All for a sumptuous £27 per person.
Contrary to its name, Number 16 ranks at an impressive #2 on Trip Advisor out of the 1,914 eateries in the city. Amidst the busy bodies of Byers Road, its intimate restaurant is aromatic and candle lit, best enjoyed in a small group for a number of hours of gulping exquisite wines and magnificent morsels of innovative Scottish cooking, from crispy ox tongue to herb gnocchi.
Claimed by many Glaswegians as one of the best Indian restaurants in the city, Mother India pays homage to both traditional Punjabi and southern Indian dishes, while elevating their delectables with unusual flavours and combinations such as their chana daal with scallops. Their lunch menu is valued at mere £6.50 per person while they also offer dining deals for two from £9.50.
Compromising of three courses with a glass of prosecco for a dollar friendly graduation menu at £20 per person, The Art Lover’s Café marries the stunning setting of the Mackintosh inspired house with flavour-packed plates and locally sourced ingredients. Savour the confit sea trout ballotine and warm plum frangipane al fresco on their beautiful terrace. A top-notch spot for celebration in the sun.