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 :-)
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...
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.
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.
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..
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)?
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.
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 ...
"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.
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!
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!
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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!
*** 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.
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.
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.
Never eaten in here, in fact all the years I've lived in Hillhead I only went into here for the first time only a few weeks ago. We just went in for a few drinks as we had eaten elsewhere, and I was pleasently surprised what I found.
We went to the bar upstairs, beside the snug, and the service was brilliant. My girlfriend got a taste of the wine before she bought as she was unsure what to go for and they had Duchers on draft, so a no brainer for me. We decided to sit upstairs on the roof garden - I had no idea Glasgow had any roof gardens open to the general public! After we had had a few drinks a server came up with complimentary chips and (some kind of fancy) cheese on toast! Perfect! The best way to accompany a nice pint is homey food.
Will definitely go back here as they place is beautiful inside, and going by what other Yelpers say, the food is devine!
The Ubiquitous Chip is well known in Glasgow for being an established, highly rated restaurant that promises to give you an outstanding culinery experience.
Time and again people return through its doors because it doesn't fail to impress. You are first met with the staff, who are utterly impeccable in their white collars and are all genuinely inviting. You are then led through to the diner area which is stunning. It's very leafy and with its glass domed roof, you feel like you're sitting in a conservatory decorated for a garden party. There was starry tea lights everywhere and an elegant, timeless atmosphere.
The menu is rich in delightful food of the highest class. It's all locally sourced (as is indicated on the menu), and you can expect anything from salmon, duck or even Perth pigeon, should a rarer delicacy tickle your fancy. There are a few vegetarian options and each appetiser or main is accentuated with delicious veg and side orders should you desire them. For a standard dinner date, the Chip costs £35, and you are best to make a reservation as it is always very busy indeed.
You might ask, then, why I haven't awarded the Chip 5 stars. It is undoubtedly worthy of every drop of praise it gets, but for me it's a matter of taste. Yes, it's an absolutely lovely evening where you feel as though you are being pampered by staff (and whoever is fronting the bill!) but it's not a viable option for low earners. The cheapest wine bottles are £20 so although they would be delicious, I can't afford that.
I don't want to sound too grim about the price as the Chip is a real treat....but a treat it is, and so isn't the kind of place I would come off the cuff for a nice meal. I'm quite a down to earth diner, so hip and tasty foods in nice bars usually satisfy my hunger pangs. Some of the menu is too outlandishly frilly for me and although it's what keeps the yummy mummy brigade "yah yah" ing, I save it for special occasions. Speaking of, this place is perfect for big birthday parties, treating your mum to a beautiful night out, or popping off a wee proposal, so bear in mind that it is gorgeous!
Super Ted's fave place to impress. Particularly the informal, chilled out 'Up-stairs at The Chip'. Great wine list, inventive menu particulary for tapas and desserts.
The Unbiquitous Chip has a great atmosphere and the food is good!
Many different kinds of interesting people go here and you're likely to meet the odd thespian! Well not all odd but all of us, particularly myself, can be odd at times! Healthy eccentricity makes the world go round!
Set in Ashton Lane in the West End of Glasgow there's never a dull moment!
A great place to go!
4 1/2 stars. Some of the best Scottish cuisine I've ever had... the food is locally sourced and delicious, while also being imaginative and diverse. I had a 'trilogy" of venison which was outstanding (I'm not even a big fan of this). They have a superb selection of whisky, which is quite appropriate, and every part of my meal there was great. Highly recommended if you've got a big occasion or some extra cash to burn.
The Ubiquitous Chip is legendary. A true gastronomic experience, no less.
There are many sides to Glasgow and finding its more interesting spots, redolent of a character less ubiquitous isn't easy. In Edinburgh, for example, every close offers a glimpse (albeit touristic) of an experience typical only to that fine city, but Glasogow presents more of a challenge. One has to dig beneath the surface a bit more, and erm - Chip - away to find aspects of the city that are unique. But with every visit revealing a little more, I would compare it to Manchester in the way that that city is replete with bars, pubs, restaurants and boutiques of idiosyncracy, yet they would be all too easy to overlook on the main drag without a guide. Such as Qype.
And so after a day spent plundering high street stores and a gallery where the building itself was far more impressive than any of the art contained within, we jumped in a taxi from our Great Western Road hotel and sped down to the intersection where the Byer's Road meets Ashton Lane.
I say intersection, and yet once the taxi had departed I found myself looking round and scanning both sides of the road. The turning into Ashton Lane is discreet to say the least, and a perfect example of how such a vital aspect of experiencing a city could be entirely overlooked. But once you step of the Byer's Road, the taxis, the traffic congestion, the newsagents and the tube station all disappear into a different realm, bracketed away, suspended in time and place until its time to venture out into the concrete world again and hail another cab.
As the hussle and bussle of 21st century studentsville is left behind, the ground beneath you is cobbled and cracked, shimmying ankles and snapping stilletoes. The buildings are irregular, higgledy-piggledy and sprawl upon one another like a family ensconced on the sofa for a night in front of the telly. The Lane itself is a right angle of restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs and cinema, pedestrianised, crammed with people talking, laughing and drinking beneath the fairy lights that hang between the buildings above their heads. This was exactly what I was looking for: the part of Glasgow I wouldn't be able to replicate anywhere else. Ashton Lane contains restaurants and bars one could find in different countries, let alone different cities to a certain degree, but the there is an atmosphere evident that is more than the sum of its parts.
The Ubiquitous Chip company take a large swaithe of the block leading up on the right from the Byer's Road, and their buildings comprise a restaurant, pub, bar and roof terrace (where the people of Glasgow gather to smoke). Once inside the maze of interconnected buildings things become blurred, especially after several pints of the fine continental beers on tap in the upper bar combined with an excellent rose with the meal. The main dining area is set out in what appears to be a covered courtyard, draped with much greenery and coupled with a low-ceilinged dining area off to one side. There is a further tier of mezzanine dining above, which I'm sure would provide a different atmosphere yet again.
For me, a booking at The Chip is a pilgrimage. I read about the place a few years ago as an afficionado of the books of Glaswegian author and artist Alasdair Gray. Legend has it that he ran up an almighty tab at the Chip and was asked to paint a mural to settle it. Gray not only writes his own brand of exceptional modern fiction, but also illustrates his books, designs the dustcovers and embosses the actual hardcovers underneath with inscriptions and graphic motifs too. After first visiting the Chip I was becoming rather disconsolate at not being able to see any evidence of the famous mural. Until a waitress advised me to check out the walls on the way to the toilets. The mural covers the entire stairwell between the restaurant and the pub and is well worth the visit.
So back to the actual restaurant (!). The service was superb - friendly, warm and knowledgable. Restaurant lunch and dinner are available at the usual times, there is also a brasserie menu, an extensive wine list and bar food served upstairs that would give usual pub grub a run for its money. I had the Venison haggis for starters followed by a main of Orkney Organic Salmon, Lime and Vanilla Mash, an intense Red Pepper and Chambery Sauce and Salmon Beignet. The food, of course, was excellent. We shared a dessert. though I forget what it was.
My only gripe with the service was the fact that we were brought the wrong bill three times: firstly because they'd charged us for another entire two course meal, secondly because they charged us for two three course meals and finally we settled the bill that got the meals right yet failed to mention the coffees;-) This may seem strange, but it was due to a mix up because of their pricing sytem - paying for combinations of courses rather than individual dishes. So watch out for that - I didn't spot it but
Good place for a quick drink and a quite bite to eat. Its a little pricey but with that comes a little less trouble on a friday/sat night.
Worth checking out if you have some extra cash.
This is a favourite of mine. My girlfriend and i dine her quite often, its her favourite and a nice place for celebrating an anniversary or something special.
The atmosphere is warm and the food classy, it is quite expensive but def worth shelling out that wee bit more!
I guess it says something when you go to a restaurant and try the majority of dishes on the menu, but can't really remember a single one. Everything at Ubiquitous Chip was good--don't get me wrong--but nothing stood out as being exceptional. Except the haggis: It was my first time trying it, and their version definitely spoiled my taste buds. Delicious!
Oh my, to think I almost left Glasgow without savoring this gem, makes me shudder.
For three years, I've listened to my son, with his budding college palette, sing praises ad nauseam for this West End dining destination. Tucked off the main drag on Ashton Lane, he took his girlfriend there, spent his weekly food allowance, to impress her. It worked but he never went back. Not possible on his student budget.
On each of my parental visits, he mentioned Ubiquitous and I, well, to be perfectly honest, snubbed it. It sounded so pedestrian, so fried, so American, so unappealing.
Then came his graduation from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. I didn't need to ask where he wanted to celebrate before moving to London.
By far, this is one of the best restaurants in Glasgow, a hidden gem behind an odd name, an indoor jungle - think Jumanji - and white washed brick walls.
Here's what our party of six sampled:
- The Chip's venison haggis with champit tatties, carrot crisp and turnip cream. Divine, simply the best we've ever tasted.
- Grilled monkfish with smoked pancetta and haricot beans. Melt in your mouth.
- Pistachio dusted Islay scallops - delicate, yet left a lasting impression.
- West Coast landed langoustines - don't miss.
- Roast rump of Inverurie lamb - tender, savory.
- Scotch Aberdeen Angus fillet steak au poivre - Oh heavens' gate, take us now. Bold flavors, but not too strong to kill our taste buds.
- Poached sole - light and finished to perfection with a caper and brown shrimp beurre blanc.
- Spinach, butterbean and tarragon tortellini - perhaps the only so-so thing I tasted, however my daughter loved it.
- For dessert, the Belgian choclate cushion, a souffle of sorts with peppermint mousse and milk sorbet, the Toasted custard with chocolate parfait, coca crumbs and raspberry puree, their Caledonian oatmeal ice cream fruit compote and their Strawberry shortcake with chilled strawberry and elderflower soup.
Paired with some bottles of Spanish wines, we savored every morsel and floated out onto the cobblestone lane in pure bliss.
From The Chip forward, I vowed to listen to my son when he says, "Mom, It's the best. It's your kind of restaurant."
Thank you Ubiquitous for not faltering on your 40-year history of serving only the best. We will forever be grateful for the memories.
Love the small rooftop opening for a pint and a smoke, although I don't smoke (my friend does).
Llke the interior feeling of countryside in US, all wooden walls.
Beers and whisky are nice there. Kinda quiet on a Friday evening but I know it is very popular on Sat. Waiters serve courteously and fast, the crowd are very polite and gentlemen-ladies like.
I haven't tried any food there but heard they are great.
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