There’s a little stretch in Finnieston that has grown to become a murderers’ row of good restaurants. Having previously dined at the Kelvingrove Cafe and the excellent Gannet, I was keen to give Alchemilla a try as I’d heard various positive reports. I had the chance to do so on a recent lunchtime trip to the west.
The place is compact and modish in its interior. There are several fixed stools for dining at the bar so I plonked myself on one of them having been warmly welcomed by the front of house staff.
The menu is a patchwork of different dishes. The advice was to start with two then add more if that didn’t look enough.
I sought advice as to which dishes I should order and was swiftly pointed towards the grilled ox heart and the wild garlic and parmesan risotto.
Sitting in front of the open kitchen in which chef Rosie Healey prepared dishes to order put me in mind of trips to The Table. It certainly offered a similar insight into the calmness and efficiency of a well-run kitchen.
First up was the risotto. It was outstanding. The seasonal wild garlic brought freshness and light buttery notes while the parmesan ensured the seasoning was on point. It was right up there with the best risotto I’ve been served on quests.
The ox heart was another dish of verve and character. Bathed in pomegranate molasses, fragrance came from za’atar and fresh herbs.
With both dishes, considerable mopping up was required which gave me an excuse to sample their excellent sourdough which performed its role expertly.
So overall, Alchemilla provided a memorably good lunch experience. Both dishes I tried were hugely impressive. It’s a place that I know many friends will enjoy so I look forward to introducing people to it over the coming weeks and months.
Blythe scores Alchemilla
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: wild garlic risotto, grilled ox heart, bread
I drank: water
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £15
Address: 1126 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TD