“ Address: 23/25 St Vincent Place / Glasgow / G1 2DT / Scotland / Tel: +44 (0)141 248 5636 „
Urban Bar and Brasserie is a fabulous restaurant and bar right in the heart of Glasgow city centre, located in St Vincent Street right round the corner from Buchanan Street one of Glasgow's premier shopping destinations it is the perfect place for a pit stop from shopping, a night out, a romantic dinner or a few cocktails.
It is located in one of the impressive old buildings which was formerly the Bank of England's Scottish Headquarters. The building has been refurbished sympathetically and makes for an impressive bar and restaurant. As you climb the small set of stairs and enter through the arched entrance way you enter into a warm and welcoming venue full of buzz and atmosphere. The bar is the first place that you find and is a cosy clubby style feel with a main bar area and a small wood paneled room off to the side (a kind of cosy drawing room). I can thoroughly recommend the cocktails in here particularly the Bruised Apple or some of the spectacular champagne cocktails - all very moreish and not too badly priced for city centre Glasgow at about £7 ish a pop.
As you turn to your right you pass a piano in the corner of the bar which at the weekends they often have someone playing jazz or something else in the background, it is not too intrusive. You then come to the large open plan style restaurant and a warm welcome from the waiting staff who are always very friendly and helpful. Seating is in a variety of formats dependant on your group size, my favourite is one of the semi circle booths which give loads of room and people watching opportunities.
The menu is pretty fabulous and focuses on seasonal and local produce. There are regular offers of pre theatre menus, Sunday lunches, shoppers delight etc which can be great value and often takes some of the best dishes off the a la carte. The a la carte menu is very comprehensive and has a great choice. The menu changes frequently with the season.
Starters include my all time favourite the fabulously delicious Fish soup with stem ginger, prawn dumplings and coriander - yum yum yum I could just go a plate just now (but watch it can be quite filling but spectacular). Other starters include smoked salmon with beetroot, apple and horseradish coleslaw or crab and shrimp cocktail with chilli or the seasonal warm salad sometimes with black pudding or chorizo dependent on the season.
Main dishes include Lemon sole simply grilled with chips, Cod steamed in paper with king prawns, roast peppers and garlic, or peppered sirloin of Buccleuch Beef or wild boar and grain mustard sausages with black pudding mash to name a few. The main courses always have a nice selection of fish dishes and a variety of meat with some vegetarian options as well.
Desserts are excellent as well but quite often I am too full to try them out they include things like bitter chocolate and pear tart, homemade cherry rice pudding or stewed apple crème brulee. An extensive wine list is available with a wide variety of choices and prices as well as an excellent cocktail list made up at the bar for you.
To pick off the a la carte menu can be quite expensive but is always an excellent meal for a bottle of wine and 3 courses for 2 people can be about £85 ish dependent obviously on what you choose. As I said previously said there are quite often offers pre theatre menu can come in around £16.95 for 2 courses or £19.95 for 3 courses.
Recently Urban has also started doing Afternoon Tea which gets a great recommendation and is served daily between 2pm and 4.30pm, you get a selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries all freshly made and tea of coffee for £12.95 per person or if you wish to add a glass of Prosecco Brut it will cost £17.95. The Roast Buccleuch beef and creamed horseradish sandwiches are particularly fab as are the homemade scones and fresh cream meringues.
Urban also has a loyalty card scheme which adds points to your account that can be redeemed for money off your meal or bottle of champagne, there are many benefits to joining the loyalty scheme and it also allows you to be kept up to date with special one of nights and offers available.
All in all Urban is a fabulous restaurant and well worth a visit.
For further information check out their website at www.urbanbrasserie.co.uk