Voulez-vous Manger Avec Chez Glasgow Mal – New Basement Restaurant
If you’re anything like us, you mostly plan your entire week/life around food. This often makes keeping up with Glasgow’s latest restaurant openings a little difficult to juggle. But if you only have the chance to visit one new establishment this month, we absolutely urge you to make sure it’s Chez Mal Brasserie; set to open its doors on Monday 1st May within the city’s renowned boutique hotel, Malmaison.
The eatery, now the ninth Chez Mal in the UK, will offer guests a mix of contemporary-styled dishes, so foodies can most certainly look forward to menus bursting with bold flavours, fine ingredients and complemented, of course, with a line-up of chilled craft beers, crisp wines, crafty cocktails and bubbly champagnes. With its glittering domed ceilings and relaxed brasserie-style service, Chez Mal is truly a step up from the usual restaurant fare.
Graham Chalmers, General Manager at Malmaison Glasgow, said: “Glasgow’s buzzing nightlife and ever-evolving food and drink scene makes Chez Mal a great addition to the city and I’m really excited to introduce the brand to our customers. Chez Mal’s vibe is a great fit for Glasgow.”
The fresh restaurant offering also heralds a new Head Chef to boot. John Burns will sit at the helm, bringing with him 12 years of service with Malmaison, starting out as a Commis Chef at Glasgow, and working across every single Scottish Malmaison (and every position in the kitchen!) throughout his career. Winning Malmaison Chef the Year award in 2013 and now Group Support Chef for the estate, Burns will undoubtedly ensure extra fire will be put into every dish.
So, shall we take a stroll through Chez Mal’s menu range so you earn that appetite?
Breakfast and brunch buffs assemble: the brasserie’s crumbly croissants or enviable full English brekkies will fulfil your morning fuel obsession, while lunch will dish up a melange of light bites and hearty affairs, whether you’re sitting down for a working power lunch or settling for a long and lazy day with that pal who’ll talk for an hour before you get round to ordering.
The ‘A La Kazam’ A La Carte menu mixes classic British ingredients together with balance and panache – from perfectly seared steaks (the slow roast Highland venison steak with pan-fried maple glazed bacon SO has our name on it) to classics like smoked haddock fish cake. Particularly special are the dining options big enough for two; take the whole-roasted Normandy corn-fed chicken for example, or the 1kg grilled seabass and shellfish platter, or even the giant 500g USDA Black Angus ‘Picanha’ rump steak with Béarnaise and chunky chips – a line-up ideal for sharing (or not, whatever, we’re not here to judge).
Room for dessert? Tart out with a slice of sweetness (and an extra cocktail, obviously).
And who can resist a traditional afternoon tea? No? Good job this is no ordinary affair then. As dainty tiered teas still proliferate in the city, many venues merely offer carbon copies of stale sarnies and lukewarm teas. Chez Mal’s latest twist however includes hot smoked salmon & crème fraiche wraps, chipotle chicken & avocado, mini burgers, strawberry & vanilla pavlova, salted chocolate brownie, lemon & polenta cake, peach & Amaretto cream, frozen summer berry smoothie alongside your classic fruit scone and specialty teas. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. Want to sack the tea? Draft in champagne, cocktails or wine instead (only £25) and we guarantee you’ll get that warm and fuzzy feeling.
And Sundays? That’s’ when things get really serious. An almighty three course meal awaits, with an hors d’oeuvres table you can return to as many times as you can muster. Dangerous. Expect to find us first in line, holding two plates, pretty much every Sunday from now on.
In a final whammy, the restaurant’s Spring Fixed Price menu brings its bold flavours to you on a budget. Enjoy two courses for only £19.95 and three for £24.95. Phew – told you it’d be a hike to get through these menus.
Feeling hank marvin? Book your table here and be one of the first to pull up a chair at Chez Mal. And if you’re looking for even more special dining experiences, check out the venue’s events calendar for the rest of 2017…
- 13th May 2017 – Gin Lunch with Hi Spirits / £39.50
- 17th June 2017 – Chez Mal Undressed / Price TBC
- 9th July 2017 – Belles in Basement / £10
- 26th August 2017 – Banfi Wine Launch / £49.50
- 2nd September 2017 – Gin Lunch with Hi-Spirits /£39.50
- 7th October 2017 – Oktoberfest Meets Scotland / Price TBS
- 30th November 2017 – St Andrew’s Day Whisky Dinner / £35