There is something very comforting about dinner at the Chip, an air of quiet confidence and professionalism that you don't get everywhere. The entire place is so well drilled, well executed and well judged that it's only when you take the time to think about it you realise that your meal has been handled flawlessly.
And that's just the front of house staff, who are friendly, courteous and deliver excellent service.
As for the food, it's hard to fault. I've eaten here a couple of times and each time I've had a vague sense that the portions could've been bigger... but then I realised that I'm glad they weren't. Sated but not stuffed.
I started with the venison haggis. A signature dish that I've had before but, no matter how hard I try I just can't see beyond it. Served with champit tatties, carrot crisp and turnip cream, it's perfectly balanced with each flavour allowed time on the palate and not swamped by any of the others.
One of our party had the vegetarian haggis to start and was equally as impressed.
For my main a fillet steak, medium rare, with truffled peas, dauphinoise potatoes and a side of Bearnaise sauce. Oddly this was the low point of the meal for me. It was good but I've had better steaks as mine seemed a little dry/overcooked to my preference, and I'm not really sure what the truffled peas were trying to achieve but they seem ill-conceived as part of the dish.
On to the dessert, and my sweet tooth instantly picked out the Créme caramel,
served with green apple sorbet, madeleine, and muscat jelly. Ohhhh heavenly wonders. A silky smooth dessert complimented by the most amazingly subtle sorbet that really surprised me. I think I almost ended up preferring the sorbet to the Créme caramel.... almost.
Overall, the entire experience is without fault. From entrance to exit, this is a restaurant that knows what it is doing and does it well, without fanfare, leaving you feel like you've just spent a few hours with an old friend, comfortable and already looking forward to the next time you meet.
I've been here so many times, and it's never slipped from being one of Glasgow's greatest restaurants in my mind.
There's the downstairs restaurant which is perfect for a special occasion (read: the pricier part of the building). There's numerous bars which I can't pick between - they're all worth exploring and finding one to suit your mood. And there's the brasserie on the mezzanine level which is a lovely area to dine in, with a somewhat cheaper menu at lunch and dinner.
This is where I've eaten most recently - very frequently for a few months - and I fell in love with the minute steak. Served with perfect chips and super fresh watercress, with garlic butter sauce it was an absolute steal at the £15 mark. I've also had the roast chicken with leeks and gnocchi a couple of times, each time it was delicious and tasty and never boring (always the risk with chicken). Other dishes I'd recommend are the charcuterie platter which is incredibly generous and a great starter between 3 or 4, and the venison salad is one of the brightest, most alluring dishes I can remember eating this year.
The staff have service down pat - warm, friendly and with great banter and exceptional knowledge of the menu. This is a must visit restaurant/bar in Glasgow - whether you're a tourist or a local, and my feet always seem to want to head here when I'm in the west end (or perhaps my belly?!)
I've been here dozens of times now and not once has it let us down. It's a place we often take family and friends who are visiting us for the weekend as we know it's impressive and reliably good. The food is fantastic and more importantly, the service never lets you down.
If it's on the menu, order the Parmesan Custard with Anchovy Toast. When your dining companions sneer in disgust, order another for everyone to share as once they taste yours, you're basically going to end up giving the whole thing away.
It's a big place! Lots of different seating areas with bags of atmosphere. Service is a little slow but the food was good
The Chip's an awesome West End institution, a multi-level warren of restaurants, bars and rooftop terrace sitting on the corner of Ashton Lane just round from Hillhead (Byres Road) Subway station.
I visit the Chip several times a month. Whether for people-watching out to the lane from The Wee Chip snug bar, a warm drink by the fire in the main upstairs bar in winter, late-nite drinks on the roof terrace or enjoying a meal with visiting family in one of the restaurants.
Great food, locally sourced Scottish produce. I love the haggis neeps and tatties as a starter, and chose the leg of lamb as a main last time which was tender and delicious. Next time I'll switch from turf to surf, as The Chip also specialise in awesome seafood.
Price-wise, The Chip is very reasonable, both for food and drinks. It's certainly not cheap, but excellent value for money. The service is top notch too.
If I could only use one word to describe the Chip it would be special.
Located on the already quite magical twinkely Ashton Lane the Chip is surely the jewel in its crown. When you step inside it is like walking into a magic garden, we were located in the court-yard area downstairs which is so beautiful. With its cobbled stone floor, beautiful art work on the walls and twinkely lights....it's perfect. I also love that the tables are all really far apart so you can't hear other people's conversations.
The staff were great I wouldn't call them over friendly but they weren't rude either...professionally polite would be my description. My glass was never empty before our waitress was back at our table to top up our drinks. I couldn't fault any of the staff in any way.
I have decided to give myself a bit of a break from booze and caffeine for a while,as this was to be my last evening of alcohol there was only one thing filling my glass and that was Champagne, lots and lots of champagne. We went for a bottle of Perrier Jouet which came with the most gorgeous PJ branded flutes which I loved, unfortunately I didn't have my big bag so they couldn't accompany me home sadly.
To kick us off we were presented with a few canapes, the lovely waitress did tell us what they were but I don't remember now what they were (lets blame the champagne for that!) I think the little cube was something mushroom and the little biscuit was a cheese and red onion lovely concoction.
The menu was fantastic and I could have happily eaten literally everything on it. To begin with tho I eventually settled on the Seared Islay scallops, crispy pork, fennel and cider veloute. When it arrived it was beautifully presented and tasted even better. The big fat scallops were cooked perfectly and the veloute was so delicious.
Next came the monkfish and slow braised ox cheek, haricot beans, shallots and red wine sauce....it's was sensational. Both the ox cheek and monkfish were soft and crumbly which just fell apart. It was a perfect dish and I don't think there is much more than that I can say about this dish.
For dessert our waitress recommended the milk chocolate and peanut butter bread pudding, cinnamon marshmallow, peanut brittle and banana ice cream and I am so glad that she did. Wow! The bread pudding was gooey and nutty and the ice cream was lush and creamy. The marshmallow & peanut brittle were so lovely together and a really interesting sensation in my mouth when they were eaten together. If you go to the Chip this is absolutely the dessert to choose.
With our lattes we were served some petit fours, the waitress never told us what they were and I couldn't begin to guess but they were lovely, and served on a really beautiful dish...again the Chip should be happy I didn't have my big bag with me
I'll be honest this is not a cheap restaurant but it is one of the best meals I have ever had, definitely the best meal I've had in Glasgow and is sure to become a regular haunt for me now.
The food and surroundings were stunning.
This restaurant provided an experience, which I did not expect even though I was familiar with it's high reputation. The atmosphere is wonderful, the service was caring and the food was delicious. I came for the haggis, and I will come back hungry for more.
They make a mean Mojito & have a great roof terrace, oh yeah the food is super also, and the staff super helpful.
I've been quite a few times now. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, great staff, the chef himself is a lovely chap. There are always good wines and on the last visit we had very reasonably priced prosecco and white wine. The desserts have always been very good and I love the deconstructed nature of the dishes.
After reading all the good reviews on Yelp, my husband and I decided to try here for a late lunch/early dinner. We weren't as impressed as the reviews make it out to be.
The restaurant was nice and clean, but the food was only meh. My husband ordered the scallops as a starter and couldn't stop raving about them, unfortunately that was the only item worth raving about.
I ordered the minute steak, and he ordered the Charcuterie plate. Both were decent, but not exceptional.
Their Chip 71 beer and the Prosecco wine was tasty.
Feel kinda bad reviewing this joint, given I've never had any of their grub BUT yeah.. it's good. Hella good.
First time properly in here recently and I was into it. Gorgeous decor and amazing staff who manage to keep things moving along even when it's super busy, as it was on Friday night there.
Not as expensive at the bar as you may expect, this is a prime spot for a guaranteed good night out in the West End.
A gander at the menu, and the 12 million reviews on Yelp, suggests a return visit for food is sorely in order.
Ashton Lane is one of our favourite spots in the west end of Glasgow. It's a small cobbled backstreet just off busy Byres Road. It may be a small street, but it is packed full of quality pubs and restaurants and the vibrant atmosphere has people coming from all over. Having spent many drunken night's in Ashton lane, we had never tried any of the many restaurants dotted along the street. The place we had wanted to try for a while was Ashton's Lane much celebrated Ubiquitous Chip. Everyone we spoke to raved about the place, with no bad reports. For one reason or another we never got round to going, but after hearing so many good reports, we finally booked in for a long awaited Sunday lunch.
Before I start with our lunch details here is a little bit of history, "The Chip" has been serving the good people of Glasgow since 1971, previously it was situated in Ruthven Lane but in 1976 it moved to a larger premises in Ashton Lane and have called it home since then. The restaurant has 2 AA rosettes and is on the Michelin guide, but has a reputation of not chasing Michelin stars but serving up good quality Scottish food and has long been known as one of Glasgow's best spots.
After a nice stroll around Ashton Lane we arrived at "The Chip". We were greeted by a young female waitress and shown to our seats. The restaurant was quite big with tables well-spaced out, we weren't sure if we liked the botanic garden decor but this was just our own personal view. We were shown the menus for the day, the a la carte and the set lunch, we opted for the set lunch of 3 courses for £19.95 which seemed good value. Each course had 3 choices so we had plenty to choose from.
Now onto the good part the food, 1st we were served canapes of Mushroom foam and a small pastry with goats cheese, both were lovely. We were then served honey and oat bread which was unusual but very nice. For starters it was Duck Rillette and cure salmon both were amazing. For mains it was pork belly and hake. The pork belly was cooked nicely with a nice crisp skin as was the fish which melted in the mouth. Deserts were cheese board and a lovely chocolate cake, the cheese board was a bit limited as it was only one cheese but was nice and the chocolate cake was very rich and yummy.
The reputation "The Chip" has earned is well deserved. The food was of a really good quality and we really enjoyed each course, the cheese course was a bit of a let-down as it consisted of two portions of the same cheese, although the cheddar was nice. The dish of the day was definitely the hake main course, everything was cooked perfectly and a joy to eat. The service was smooth and the staff were able to answer questions about the food with ease which is always good to see. The restaurant was quiet when we first arrived but within half an hour the place was full and created an enjoyable atmosphere to dine in. The lunch lasted around an hour and a half and it was an experience we would come back for again.
Overall we enjoyed our first experience at "The Chip". It is certainly not a fine dining experience but if you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere and good quality food, then Ubiquitous Chip is a winner. The Lunch deal at £19.95 is a good deal and one we would recommend. "The Chip" is serving food on a higher level than most places in Glasgow and for us it easily goes into our top three restaurants in Glasgow; well deserving of its reputation as one of the cities best restaurants.
This place was recommended by my colleagues friend so we booked our table about a month ago.
The taxi dropped us off and we walked down the cobbled streets towards the restaurant which felt all christmassy with the lights and decor. Walking in was magical, we didnt realise Ubiquitous Chip was 40 years old, the building was a mix of the old and the new with unique art work, narrow stairs, a glass roof, 3 bars etc.
We had a table on the bistro level, 3 of us chose the Rump Steak with chunky chips, roast tomatoes and garlic butter and the other had mussels.
No complaints all round, it was gorgeous - the waitress helped us select a bottle of wine of which I cannot remember the name but 3 bottles later we were just about able to remember our names :-).
Desert - Spiced Apple Crumble with Rum Custard - christmassy smell and flavours that was just delicious, freshly made and not stodgey at all.
Our waitress was delightful, she was from Manchester studying Textiles at Uni in Glasgow. So helpful she walked us out of the restaurant, through the bar, down to the road and around the corner to the taxi rank to get us back to our hotel safely #AboveAndBeyondTheCallOfDuty.
We had a wonderful evening, defo worth a visit again. I could see myself just sat by the fire chatting and drinking wine all night with friends :-)
First visit to the Chip in over ten years and a great experience was had by all.
We had a table of nine and every person was bowled over by the quality of the food and wine. We made a serious dent on their wine list so I can't quite recall what we had for last course but it was all good and the open nature of the courtyard where we were seated meant we didn't feel uncomfortable making a little bit of good humoured noise.
Great restaurant, great quality food.
This review is for the restaurant
Ubiquitous Chip was on our list of places to try while in Glasgow & we made sure to make our rezzie way in advance to ensure we'd get in.... my advice to you? DO IT - totally worth it!
Let me start out w/ the fact they serve the best beer I've ever had in my life - ever! It's their own brew called Chip 71 & I SO wanted to bring a bunch back to the US w/ me. It was dark, nutty, & creamy, w/ an ultra-smooth aftertaste. I'm still dreaming of it weeks later!
Do you export??? Or anyone willing to smuggle some over for me?
Appies consisted of:
Beetroot w/ olive tampenade & ricotta fritter. Stringy pulls from the crispy outside fritter. Mom & Dad claimed they didn't want an appie but about ate all of mine, it was so good
Veggie Haggis - lentils & all the haggis spices sitting on a slice of potato. Creamed turnips / potatoes on the side & crisper carrot (like a carrot potato chip) sitting on top. Mom thought it was very spicy, I thought it was spiced just right - it was absolutely delish!
Dad had the Steak w/ Au Gratin Potatoes. Said his steak was cooked to perfection & the potatoes were so creamy & cheesy, he ate the whole plate which is rare b/c he's not in the clean plate club
I opted for their signature Oatmeal ice Cream w/ fruit compote. Crunchy bits of oatmeal that made it taste like an ice-cream sandwich - it was outstanding
Chocolate pudding - tender cake w/ chocolate chips & laden w/ ganache. Mom said this was the best chocolate cake she's ever had
Strawberry & Marscapone w/ strawberry & balsamic ice cream. Dad wolfed down in 4 bites it was so tasty...and it was not small
Staff as nice as could be. Saw a Scotch sommelier educating the table beside us on the different variations of Scotch they had & when we come back - b/c there WILL be a when, will have to try the Scotch
But back to that yummy Chip 71...... you know, xmas is right around the corner ...
5 of 5. We decided to go for the mezzannine part where they seem to have a different menu than downstairs. For the starter I had a lovely mediteranean mix with olives, sundried tomatoes and bruscheta, and for the main I had the slow cooked pork with butternut squash and some pther stuff i don't really remember, sorry but it was so good i was concentrated on eating more then reading. The service was great, there was this gorgeous girl with a really pozotive and polite attitude. Really enthusiastic and happy all the time. The wine was of a good choice and properly chilled. The place is great or smashing as they tent to call it in these lands. A combination of wild jungle and an old market place. Really nice to try the place. They don't have music so this is the only thing some people may miss but besides that is really a good place to be. Something different. We also had some desert, I don't tend to have it most of the times. But this one was actually really nice. Spiced Orange pannacotta. Mmmmm...
"I will have a dirty martini please."
The martini returns in a very posh looking goldfish bowl. Glasgow does not do martini glasses apparently, I assume it's because that would mean pansy size portions. Real men drink martinis from posh goldfish bowls. Which conveniently leads me to the fact that the server referred to me twice as, "Sir".
I was kinda taken aback by that and quickly felt my upper lip, which was sans a tashe. Hmm, maybe Glaswegian men dress in silk shirts and wear bras.
So on to the food - woah! When in Scotland one must eat haggis and that I did. I had the venison haggis, so good. Like black pudding but more moist - very heavy to start with so I went for fish for the main.
I had the monk-fish which melted like butter in my manly mouth. Risotto on the side - perfecto.
Snowball for dessert which I am finding heard to describe but I do remember it was far too heavy on the liqueur. Espresso was slow to come but when I reminded the very gay waiter he got very touchy feel-ly with me and flirted his way back with the espresso and helped me with my coat as I left...
Seriously Glasgow - WTF?! I know I have a firm handshake but that is just taking the piss... He was cute though.
Yum. Yum. Thrice yum. This place lives and breathes Scotland tradition in a very delicious and posh way. This is nouveau cuisine but not in a pretentious way. It still manages to be hearty, filling and lush. How can such a thing be?
Let's start off with the space, and boy what a space. Ceilings all the way up into the ether, vines intertwining over random trellises and mezzanines, a design like something from an Escher painting and long, elegant tables. The visuals were certainly stunning. The service was impeccable too, with water arriving at the table swiftly and rustic bread and butter to nibble from the off. Rarely did our wine or water glasses go without a frequent refill. The menu is fairly small but perfectly formed... meanwhile the wine and cocktail lists are veritable booze Bibles, and don't get us started on those whiskies. My, do you Scots take your whisky seriously... and am I glad that I've got into the stuff now!
The food is epic. There are no two ways about it. My scallops were beyond delicious without even a hint of rubberiness about them, and the veggie option of a pastry pudding filled with mushroom and walnuts served with a tangy ratatouille was splendid. But the star of the show was the pudding - Chocolate Presidente, with a warning of a 20 minute wait. Baked chocolate mousse that was like a cross between a brownie and a steamed fudge pudding, peppermint foam and milk sorbet. The trio made such sexy bedfellows. It was a veritable pudding menage a trois.
This has officially made it into one of my all-time top ten restaurants. I'm not even joking. Ubiquitous Chip, if you really are everywhere, please come to Manchester too!
This former dairy still has cobbles on the floor; but there the restaurant's association with the building's bucolic roots comes to an end.
"The Chip" offers fine dining in rustic surrounds. They play on the history of the location, but make no concession in the prices they charge. Sadly for them, there are other fine dining restaurants in the second city that do not have to make a feature of being in a building with a history and where elegant surroundings, polite and attentive staff and excellent fare coming from the kitchen do not cost the hapless diner a month's mortgage repayments.
That said, the chip is now 40 years old, so it is obviously still popular with the people of the second city's west end who were 'wowed' by the brash newcomer when Ted Heath was Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher his education secretary.
Be careful. I got mugged by a lobster here. It's accomplice looked a lot like a medium cooked steak.
I'm drooling over the food here. Thinking about the salmon, hand cooked desserts, wonderful wine selection and fabulous surroundings. I even got a teeny tiny cup of soup. Teeny tiny I tell you.
The meal was perfect. I only have one complaint, I asked for my cucumber muddled with the Hendricks and it was just chopped. Ladies and gents, chopped is not muddled.
What a perfect night out in the city. While you can spend a lot of money here, their set menus are an excellent value, especially the pre-theatre 3 course menu for £20. However, I was feeling more indulgent and ordered the classic 3 course £40 menu.
I started out with the venison haggis. I've had a lot of haggis in my life, but it has NEVER been this moist and creamy. For all those who bash haggis-I DARE you to try this and still feel the same way. It had a lovely texture and just melted in my mouth.
Next I had the seared sole. This was impeccably prepared. The fish was moist and just fell apart with my fork. However, it was lacking a bit of flavour. I think I'm used to food in Vancouver that is often more dynamic/adventuresome with spices, seasoning, and flavours. It took me about halfway through the meal to realize this wasn't a flaw of the dish-it's just the fact that Scottish food is more focused on simplicity and the taste of the local produce.
Finished off with the oatmeal ice cream-my only complain was that it was too cold. It had a wonderful texture and was a great way to finish off the meal without being too rich or heavy. However, it was a bit hard to break apart because it didn't soften up at all.
Now that I experienced some of their "classic" dishes-I think I would stick to the £20 menu just because it is such a fantastic deal if you are looking for an earlier dinner out.
Another thing to point out: I have an almond allergy, and when I called to make a reservation they automatically asked if any diners had allergies. When I got to the restaurant and was offered a menu, they immediately asked which of us had the allergy and pointed out the items I couldn't eat. Was VERY impressed with this because normally I have to ask if it's in a garnish/sauce and they need to run to the kitchen to ask.
My first trip to this city included some hearty, satisfying meals, but my experience at Ubiquitous Chip, while the most pricey, was by far the best. I'm not an expert on Scottish cuisine but from the sophistication and execution of the dishes on the menu, I would guess that the UC's goal is to up the ante on the country's standard classics.
Since we were in a large group I had a chance to taste a variety of dishes, my favorites being the wonderfully peppery haggis, the scallops in citrus sauce, the bacon-wrapped pigeon and the steak. The only dessert really worth its caloric intake was the molten chocolate cake, however, so if you're not totally craving sweet I'd skip the dessert option and save yourself a few pounds (hehehe).
Uh oh I'm bucking the 5* trend here, but whilst I did fully enjoy the meal as a whole, the dishes I ordered in particular just were a little 'off' and it wouldn't be fair for me to award the full five stars out of principle.
As a lot of my fellow yelpers have said below, this place gets a lot of things right. The interior is stunning, you wouldn't know you were in the heart of Glasgow on a wet winter's evening with the lush plants, running water, and dark cobbles.
The waiting staff were all super helpful, eager to please, polite, and the manager (or one of them) was quite a character taking me through every dessert on the menu.
Starting with the best part first, the dessert - oh my. The chocolate peppermint creation. It took 25 minutes to cook (we were pre-warned) but it was exquisite. It was also, delightfully, not too big. One small round baked chocolate mousse, one small scoop of milk sorbet, and one small scoop of peppermint foam. Any more and I would have felt gluttinous but the flavours were divine.
Now for the slightly less amazing. I had the duck terrine to start and it was very...bland. I'd almost go so far as to say it tasted fatty. Yes terrine and pate is fatty, and foie gras (one of my top 5 foods of all time) is like pure cholestorole. But it's ok because it tastes so amazing. This was just a bit...meh. And when I tried my dining compadres venison haggis the stark contrast in WOW FLAVOUR with 'meh' was disappointing.
I had poached salmon for main and I have to say the salmon was very, very, VERY salty. Too salty. So over-seasoning was the downfall here. The rest was nice, but again it wasn't spectacular.
However, the dining experience was really pleasant The little teeny tinny cup of soup (no not a cuppa soup, it was in fact a truffle veloute) was delightful. And I think I just happened to get the two slightly 'off' things on the menu. Everyone else thoroughly enjoyed theirs, and it did all look wonderful.
I've never been called 'sir' so much in my life... neither has my female associate from Dublin... oh how i chuckled.
Nothing new to add to my review for this place, in terms of the quality, prestige and 'wow' factor of this joint. However I would have to really congratulate these guys on handling a group of around 20 folks, without much of a hitch.
Grub was served promptly and with a friendly manner. Dishes were all carefully presented, with nothing 'sloppy' making it's way out in a panic.
Should I be five starring this joint? Should I... Yes, yes I should and yes I will *changes from four to five star*.
On this occasion I went Bambi crazy with a started and main consisting of venison haggis and haunch of Roe Deer... yurm. Follow that up with a wee oatmeal ice cream and a glass f whisky and you have yourself a nice wee happy yelper.
Truly great grub.
A fantastic restaurant in the heart of Glasgow's west end. I really liked the over ambiance of the place. Although you are indoors, you feel like you are dining in the country. The plethora of plants, rocks, and water features had me for a brief moment believe I was dinging under the stars. Thankfully, I was not, as it was a freezing February night in Glasgow.
The food was the best I had during a few days in Glasgow, best described as Modern Scottish. The seared scallop appetizer were amazing. I wish I had more than 3 on the plate. I had an amazing dessert which was a made to order chocolate fondant cake with milk sorbet. For my main I had the special salmon, which while tasty, looked no where near as elaborately prepared as the venison. If I go back it will be the Galloway venison for sure.
Fantastic selection of whiskies. Even my Scottish friends were amazed by the extensiveness of the after drink menu!
The Ubiquitous Chip is a great place (even with the strange name) and should be on anyone's short list for a high-end night out in Glasgow.
I love this place. It's always one of the first stops in Glasgow. The 3 bars are all great -- and the restaurant is really very good. A great neighborhood place with a nice dose of local flavor and one of the best things about Ashton Lane. A great place for a pint, but they also have a very good wine list as well.
Hope to return!
It's one of those names that's synonymous with Ashton Lane and Glasgow's West End.
The name that you weren't quite sure how to pronounce in the first instance and find yourself tongue-tripping over when you're trying to tell others about your dining experience there.
'The Ubiquouotus....Ubiquittitious....that pure fancy dear restaurant up Ashton Lane'. That will give them the general idea anyway.
So off I went to meet my other half's extended family, at a rather special dinner for ten in the 'Chip. We'll call it that for now to avoid any slebbering.
After battling my way up the cobbles in heels (the designer of that lane has a lot of bruised knees to answer for) we made it to the door, and the waiter opened it up to reveal quite a big surprise behind.
A Utopia of greenery heaven, a wee indoor pond, glass ceilings and windows with light streaming through, cobbled floors (damn you cobble man) and a table laid for ten lay in wait of us. The place is really beautiful; from the darker ambience of the dining room complete with lots of interesting art work to the light and airy trellis filled Courtyard where we were seated.
It took a while for our assemblage to assemble, and the waiters buzzed around us bringing water and bread. When everyone was there, we ordered a bottle of champagne, which a wee jaunty man brought to our collective amusement. He was the sort of man who's name you took turns to guess and imagined him in gold lame hot pants dancing to Copacabana in a Spanish gay bar. (Disclaimer: he may not be gay)
It took a while for my wine glass to be filled, which was an accumulation of our tardiness to order and the wee hotpant wine man's particular wish to bring one bottle to the table at a time. When we did finally get our swill it was lovely, although no doubt very expensive.
Dinner. This was the main part, the part we'd all been waiting for. The 'Chip offers an evening menu at a pricey sum of £39.95 for three courses, but for special occasions I wouldn't say this was extortionate. A little dinky cappuccino cup was presented to each of us with an appetizer of celeriac and horseradish soup (i'm sure there is a fancy name for it but whatever) which was bloomin' marvellous.
I then had the venison haggis, which came beautifully presented as everything does, and essentially tasted like haggis without all the bits. Nice. But it really was.
I moved onto the pan-fried halibut, which was d-licious. Served with a gorgeous cauliflower risotto, and tablets of guinea fowl boudin (I have no idea what that is but it was ok, and yes, I had to look up the online menu to remind myself) It was a small portion, but plenty, and superb. Sides were ordered for the table but to be honest, not really needed, although the baby potatoes and the chips were fab.
As if I didn't have enough finery in my belly, the desserts were too delectable to dismiss, and I chose the 'famous' Caledonian oatmeal ice cream, which was served in slices, very unique and brilliant. Porridge ice cream. Yum.
If you'd popped me with a sharp pointy bit I would have burst into a million Steph particles, and almost 4 hours after we descended upon this pretty little greenhouse, we left, hobbling along the cobbles helped somewhat by the wine.
And the best part? I didn't have to foot the bill!
Right, so after some searching online and on Yelp, I decided that this would be an ideal place to have dinner while we were in Glasgow. I'm glad that I made that decision, because it was the right one! It's located in the heart of the bit of Glasgow that seemed a bit more fun and funky than the rest (but I could have missed some of those other areas).
It was a bit strange at first (which I suppose might be apropos given the name of the place), we were seated in the dining area right next to a bunch of plants. We had to move the table around a bit because the the plants were poking the other half in the head, and he wasn't amused. Then it involved figuring out how to balance the table. But the waitstaff did an ideal job with it all. It's a gorgeous area to be honest, with all the plants surrounding the dining area.
We both ordered the venison haggis (because when in Scotland, you should eat haggis, right?) and the lamb. They were both quite tasty, but the star was the haggis. Very soft and succulent. Quite delicious. Someone (one of the owners perhaps? I'm not sure) asked us what we thought, and I responded, "Best haggis I've had to date!" She responded, "We'll have to do better then." She thought I said today. It was kind of funny and I told her what I actually said the next time she came around.
The lamb was well cooked, and any time someone wants to put sweetbreads with it, I'm quite happy. We opted for the cheese, and they supplied us with some delicious local cheeses. Then we had desserts. Mine was the warm hazelnut stuffed chocolate cake (which was really just a chocolate fondant with nutella inside), and he had the oatmeal ice cream (which seemed more like a semifreddo than an ice cream). Mine was the far superior one, and for once the other half was jealous. They had some recommendations to go with, so I had mine (a delicious sweet sherry. Who knew sherry could be so good?) and he has the whiskey pairing for his. It was alright, but we prefer our whiskey more on the smokey side.
All in all, it was a tasty meal, and quite a good time chatting with the woman who may have been the owner about our trip, movies, and who knows what else (I was fairly drunk by the end of the meal)?
*** This review is for the bar only...
I cannot believe there are no reviews yet. I haven't been there for years, but if it hasn't change much it is a great bar. An institution. What a bar should be... conducive to good conversation and fun with a pretty diverse group of people...or at least diverse for Scotland...
While traveling on business, we sought out the Ubiquitous Chip as it has origin in early Locavore history. Way before Locavore was cool.
To initiate our journey, we enjoyed a cocktail in the Wee Pub. And wee it was! The champagne offerings are diverse - as are the liquors!
The restaurant has the feel of a rambling building filled with nooks, crannies but feels really light as the ceilings are high.
We compliment the kitchen on the venison haggis. The other dishes we tried (scallops, mushrooms) were solid, but not necessarily memorable.
The ice cream cake dessert was ROCKTAR amazing. Check out the recipe here:
Restaurant experience was a highlight while traveling and experimenting with food culture in Scotland.
Ah, the Chip, a veritable institution.I think my favourite part of the Chip is right at the top outside sitting at trestle tables though I did find the service a tad slow. There was a wedding party on when I was last there - funny watching the ladies balancing on their high heels on slippery cobbles ( yes it was raining again).
Well worth a visit even if it is to check out the fish ( and I don't mean on the menu)!
We visited, drank the Spanish bin ends dry and had a wonderful evening!
Our small but perfectly formed party of 4 arrived after going to the movies next door. We partook of a quick pint of local real ale in the pub part of the 'Chip' which was refreshing. We had cracked a bottle vino over the course of the movie and were in a jolly mood, and unlike some other patrons we had some dress sense. However one might think I personally had no hair sense as I had spots in my hair...died to look like a cheetah! You may wonder why....well it makes folks smile and my motto is to make the most of my greying locks whilst I have them!
Onto the staff....unlike others I found them to be efficient, pleasant and professional.
Now the good part...the food! I started with the meat haggis and 10/10 it was too. Rather than have a main course I decided to have two starters, the langoustine pan fried and a portion of the scallops in a soup....which again hit the spot. I passed on the deserts but my fellow diners all jumped in and enjoyed ice cream and cakey things all well made and served with a strong espresso.
The 2nd bottle of wine drained we toddled off 285 quid poorer but having had a jolly evening, and created a memory in the wonderful restaurant setting. Being July the night was light, the rain shower had passed and we wished we had the gold card that would allow us to fly over to see our Glasgow friends more often.
Being exiled in the US we last ate in the bistro part of the place over 15 years ago, we were impressed that the food standard was as good as we remembered.
The BA flyer miles earned on the dinner will help us to get back more quickly we hope!
Yeah che chip is a great place to go for just a drink some pub nosh or a posh meal. you have got to love the sun terrace upstairs. such a gem.
owned by the same people as stravaigin and up until recently the luquid ship. it is on the whole pretty well managed.
Having shelled out over £100 for a meal in here, I left a little disappointed.
Sure, it was nice. I just didn't feel like taking to facebook, hailing every bite.
The surroundings are superb - we dined next to an artificial waterfall - but, unless you're paying, I won't be rushing back.
In terms of drink, the upstairs bar is heaving at the weekends, and plays host to a friendly crowd. I like it in there. I'm sure you will too.
THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE WEE PUB ONLY
Pubs don't get much wee-er than the Wee Pub. Well unless you try one or two of the dives down in Dunoon.
This naturally makes it quite an atmospheric place on a Saturday night though, when its full to the rafters, even though it feels like you're sharing a bus shelter with King Kong.
However I did find the place to be rather expensive and predominantly occupied by males. I suppose you kind of have to go here just to see how wee this place really is and just so you can say you've been to a place called "The Wee Pub". But during the weekends you probably won't be able to stand it for too long.
Nice place but well over hyped. I was not a great fan to be fair.. I think its a bit over priced and some what pretentious..
I would love to go to Ubiquitous Chip for a meal but unfortunately don't have the funds, perhaps someone could take me though, hint hint. I have, however, been to the "the wee pub" section and one of my Uni lecturers bought quite a few bottles of wine for my class at the end of term, so after our last class test we all nipped down to Ubiquitous. This was before said Uni professor made a Facebook account and posted his letter of resignation for the whole world to see. Hilarious.
While I'm not a wine connoisour, the wine we had here was delicious, I usually don't like red wine but this stuff was good. It was also a charming place to sit and chat with a relatively large group of people. I always imagined that it would be rather small as it looks deceiving small from the outside, but inside it's far from that. There are various seating areas and as it was a nice day we went between the bar area and the outside seating section.
It's not as pretentious as I'd imagined, we were all dressed very casual and didn't look or feel out of place. I guess it you have a few extra pennies then the pub area is a great place to sit, I just hope one day I can eat in the restaurant section.
Yum yum yum.
The Ubiquitous Chip (restaurant) is AWESOME!
Stunning and beautiful inside, with leafy plants and lots of light coming in, it is full of class.
The food was excellent; I had a very succulent steak (when don't I?!), and it was perfectly done.
The wine list was amazing, and the waiter helped us pick a bottle suited to our tastes and to our meal. I was well impressed.
Even though I was feeling very full after my main, I had a dessert as well. I couldn't help myself. My first two courses had been so superb, the dessert has to be fab as well.
And it was.
We were there for a while; and they didn't seem to be concerned with turnover, so we were at our leisure. It didn't feel like a long time, but a fantastic meal should be savoured. Quite right.
Make a reservation, though. I'm not sure if they do drop-in service for dinner, but you wouldn't want to be disappointed now, would you?
Not in the mood for a full production dinner, we ate at the "Wee Pub" attached to the Ubiquitous Chip last night. In addition to the full menu from upstairs, you can also choose selections from the Bar Menu which features some seriously tasty options at much more reasonable prices.
We had the Cockaleekie (chicken and barley) soup, the Vegetarian Haggis, Neeps 'n' Tatties (turnips and potatoes for us Yanks) and Beef Stovies. The soup was the standout, the stovies were good but there is definitely something lost in the vegetarian translation of haggis.
The Wee Pub is really a small place, with very limited seating, but it has a very warm atmosphere. Nothing remarkable as far as beer or scotch selections, but enough choices to satisfy most anyone.
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