Kelvingrove Museum has to be one of the best family days out in Scotland. And after a couple of hours spent looking at its weird and wonderful exhibits, there’s no better way to relax than with a quality meal at a friendly restaurant.
Handily, there’s the perfect place just a stone’s throw away from the museum entrance.
Firebird is situated at the end of Argyle Street in Glasgow’s west end, just across the road from the popular tourist attraction.
At a time when many restaurants struggle to reach their first birthday, this eatery has remained popular amongst locals and visitors for more than 14 years. That’s an impressive feat in itself, but it seems almost incredible when you consider that it is not short of competition. There’s more than a few places to dine out in this part of the city.
It’s not hard to find the secret of Firebird’s success. The restaurant is one of those large, ground floor rooms with the high ceilings that are only found in Glasgow or Edinburgh tenements. It’s big and bright, with a bar area by the door and a separate restaurant area to the rear.
It prides itself on being a welcoming family venue - and that includes - if they happen to be with you - your dog, who is free to stay in the bar area.
But of course all that would count for little unless the food was something exceptional.
I already had a firm idea of what I would choose from the menu even before we were shown to our table.
This was our first visit, but I knew that Firebird enjoyed a reputation for making some of the best pizzas in town.
The only question was - which one to have? With nine tempting variations to choose from, I eventually went for lamb kofta, halloumi and harissa oil. I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t quite sure what the last ingredient was - but I had a hunch it would be spicy. I was proved right, it’s a hot chilli sauce from Tunisia, and it proved to be the perfect accompaniment to the lamb topping.
If pizza isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other tempting dishes to choose from. Gillian went for king prawn tagliatelli with chilli, sundried tomato, olive and green beans.
She hailed it as “the perfect warming dish - just the right side of spicy.” Warming was just what was needed, considering the weather outside.
Every time I have written a restaurant review for The Falkirk Herald, there has been monsoon-like conditions outdoors. This has curtailed any chance of alfresco dining - but has made me appreciate being in a welcoming restaurant all the more!
For dessert, we shared a slice of a tremendous chocolate cheesecake and a mango lassi, which is an Indian yoghurt-based desert.
With food this good, it’s little surprise that Firebird has remained so popular.
Firebird,1321 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TL. To book a table, call 0141 334 0594