I’m still getting to grips with places beyond Glasgow’s city centre so when I had time to spare and an evening in the city I thought a trip to the West End might be a good plan. I booked dinner at Number 16 on Byres Road and boarded the underground.
I disembarked at Kelvin Bridge and called in at Crossing the Rubicon where I’d recently dined but not had a great opprtunity to peruse their considerable beer selection. Over a succession of tasty halves my appreciation for the place grew further.
After an academic stroll to Byres Road I alighted upon my dining destination. A compact place across two split levels, I was shown to an upstairs table that offered and excellent vantage point over the open kitchen so I could watch dishes being prepped.
It was very dimly lit so photography of most of the dishes proved unworkable.
The welcome was effusively warm with the service the most lingeringly positive memory of the place. But that’s not to say the food offering wasn’t strong because it was.
The menu provided a good range of options and it wasn’t immediately clear how to approach things. Accordingly, I ordered a glass of prosecco to assist my cogitation.
I eventually settled upon the crisp ox tongue to start then followed with halibut. Relevant wine was matched.
The starter arrived looking…well pretty neat and tidy but the lighting was too dim to fully appreciate it. I was reminded of the lighting on my initial visit to the similarly impressive Blonde.
The dish was extremely good. Three disks of suitably crisp ox tongue sat atop a bed of sweet onions. It was simple and extremely satisfying.
The main course was very good, too. An accurately cooked piece of halibut was accompanied by excellent fennel, beetroot, broad beans and outstanding pickled onions. It was another winner of a dish.
Desserts feature a number of signature dishes from Great British Bake Off Creme de la Creme winner and resident pastry chef Helen Vass. I stuck to something simple with a seasonal blood orange, sable, vanilla and blood orange sorbet combo. It was a suitably stylish finish to a very pleasing dinner.
So overall, I really enjoyed my visit to Number 16. It served me three delicious courses with lovely matching drinks in memorably stylish surroundings. I’d recommend it to you and look forward to many future visits.
Blythe scores Number 16
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: ox tongue; halibut; blood orange
I drank: prosecco, red wine, white wine, dessert wine, water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £58.05
Address: 16 Byres Road, Glasgow, G11 5JY