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Brasserie and Bar at Malmaison - Glasgow

278 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4LL

The Malmaison group of hotels has established throughout Britain a collection of centres of excellence where nothing but the best will do. As a concept alone this is exciting, but the reality is brilliant, so that at last there is a hotel group where uniformity of standards is of the same high calibre. Malmaison and glamour go hand in hand in this stunning converted 19th century Episcopal Church, which forms their presence in Glasgow. According to local history, for much of the 19th century this church was one of Glasgow's most fashionable places to worship; you could say it still is if you worship style, passion and flair! The bedrooms are all that one would expect from a hotel that has genuine regard for its guests and is concerned with every aspect of their wellbeing.

The Malmaison group of hotels has established throughout Britain a collection of centres of excellence where nothing but the best will do. As a concept alone this is exciting, but the reality is brilliant, so that at last there is a hotel group where uniformity of standards is of the same high calibre.

Malmaison and glamour go hand in hand in this stunning converted 19th century Episcopal Church, which forms their presence in Glasgow. According to local history, for much of the 19th century this church was one of Glasgow's most fashionable places to worship; you could say it still is if you worship style, passion and flair!

The bedrooms are all that one would expect from a hotel that has genuine regard for its guests and is concerned with every aspect of their wellbeing. The Big Yin suite is a tribute to one of Glasgow's illustrious citizens, actor and comedian, Billy Connolly. With a tartan roll top bath in your living room in front of the telly, it's a perfect place to catch up with the soaps! All you need is a few deep-fried Mars Bars for the odd snack.

Ornate wrought iron work on the staircase and the spherical chandelier create a dramatic and unforgettable entrance. In the heart of the city, it has become the place to stay, always alive with guests and locals enjoying the new Champagne Bar and Brasserie in the vaulted basement.

Amidst elegant surroundings, with spotless gleaming glassware and shining cutlery, an essentially brasserie menu is offered, where lovers of seafood will be delighted to note at once that their particular needs are well heeded, starting with a delightful mussel and saffron chowder or a smoked haddock fishcake.

Head Chef Graham Digweed and his team offers a range of brasserie dishes such as chicken consommé and tarragon dumplings that have always been popular choices, and can be taken here as a starter or a main course. Monkfish with chorizo and butter beans rarely fails to please, and a game terrine is served with homemade pickles and sour dough.

An inspired choice is the beef cheeks bourguignon for those seeking by this time a slightly more carnivorous approach. Which leads us neatly to the - wait for it - Mal burger, a 250 gram burger made from ground beef tucked into a floured bap to join bacon and gruyere, served with homemade relish and some fries.

Over the years the number of outriders surrounding a good honest steak on the plate has grown to unacceptable dimensions. At Malmaison the thought and care is centred on the 35 day aged rump steak frites and that's it - except for the chips. If you want all the rest go for the side dishes, but steak and chips on its own takes some beating. Vegetarians are well looked after - the pumpkin and gorgonzola filled gnocchi sounded appealing.

Heading the desserts is the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce, a triumph of timing and co-ordination, supported by other choices amongst which expect to find a chocolate pithivier with clotted cream. Their trio of chocolate and crème brûlée is truly dreamy.

The well travelled wine list is a symphony of its kind, clearly compiled by an enthusiast who knows his wines well enough not to disappear into a world of hyperbole when describing them. This being Scotland there is a meaningful display of single malts.

Their Website is a wealth of information that will, I predict, only serve to increase your resolve to make Malmaison your next stop in Glasgow. It is worth noting that you can also make reservations Online on their Website.

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Brasserie, British, Grill

: 07:00 - 22:00 12:00 - 14:30 17:30 - 21:30
: 08:00 - 11:00 12:00 - 14:30 17:30 - 21:30

General: 0845 365 4247

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278 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4LL [Map]

£20.00    £34.00

£12.95 (2 courses with glass of wine) to £14.95 (3 courses with glass of wine)

(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)

REVIEWS OF Brasserie and Bar at Malmaison - Glasgow

S Milne (10 February 2008)

As we first walked into Malmaison, my partner and I were made to feel as if we walked into the wrong place as we were the only people under twenty five. The food was very over priced for what you get and it comes across a little pretentious. And after waiting half an hour between starter and main and not even having our wine topped up, and then see that all we got was a steak, an onion ring and half a tomato it seems a little long, Then to find out that my steak was very over cooked was quite a disappointment. This was the first time in my life that I have felt the need to complain.

Doug Bold (5 June 2006)

Where can I start.....we didn't plan to eat here we just walked in......what a result! The last time we ate here was around eighteen months ago and I remember being blown away last time with the quality of service and food here.

The menu may have been different but the quality was the same - excellent!! My opinion of a really good restaurant is one that I feel confident I could take an important client to and I wouldn't have to worry about the food - this Malmaison is one such restaurant.

I stress that it is this Malmaison as chains can vary but the team here really have got their act together. From the pre dinner drinks to the after dinner coffee the quality was excellent. Staff were attentive without being overbearing or 'gushy' and the food was first class.

Pricing is about right as the surroundings here are very comfortable so this restaurant is going to get more regular visits. I think this would be a great place to start a night out if you want some great food before some dancing and drinking and it's very well placed for some of the livelier bars in the area. In short - loved it!

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