Unalome by Graeme Cheevers Restaurant Glasgow, Finnieston Dining Review, Eating Out Recommendation
Unalome by Graeme Cheevers Glasgow Restaurant
3 June 2021
Unalome Restaurant in Finnieston
Address: 36 Kelvingrove St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 7RZ
Phone: 0141 501 0553
Unalome by Graeme Cheevers Dining Experience Review
Isabelle and I were lucky to get a table on the opening day of this new restaurant in Finnieston. As this is an architecture website our brief review only gives a quick summary of the dining aspect.
The restaurant is located at the top of a straight flight of stairs, under a branded entablature. The feel inside – synergising decor and waiters – is one of calmness and subtle warmth.
The overall palette could be summarised as dark green with woody undertomes and gold highlights. In contrast the unalome logo is discreetly placed in a colour close to terracotta.
The unalome is a Buddhist symbol that represents each individual’s transcendence. It embodies our existence on this earthly plane, and also cultivates our awareness of the role we play in this life. The unalome is about analyzing your actions and learning from them, and can help you reach the true meaning of benevolence. It represents each person’s path in life. It is a strong concept, and one assumes it espouses the culinary drive of chef Graeme Cheevers.
Decoration is restrained with a few elegant wooden frames on the walls with artwork picking up the gold palette. We sat opposite a large plant with cascading ochre fronds, which added focus to the space. There is a lovely table in the circular bay window at the pivot of the L-shaped space, possibly the best in the house, especially if you are extroverts.
We noticed the plates varied in style which for us was a minus. The globular candle on the table and cool black bottle of hand sanitiser were nice touches. The cutlery was simple, and of good weight but didn’t rest on the plates like some do.
To really test the lunch menu Isabelle and I had different dishes for each course. But to kick things off first we had three canapés each, presented in creative and fun ways.
These were interesting, with the green bean one being our preferred. These were followed by slices of sourdough bread with a tasty soft butter. We felt there could have been more options, a pick of say seeded organic wholemeal and cuts of lightly-toasted ciabatta.
Isabelle had Chicken Liver Mousse with bitter leaves & toasted brioche for her starter. I had Roasted North Sea Squid with roasted cauliflower & seaweed butter sauce. Both were lovely and memorable, the only small negative for me were the slim cuts of raw cauliflower, I felt they should have been flash fried to soften them just a touch, however they added a good bite contrast to the softer elements.
For mains Isabelle had Spiced Goosnargh Duck with beetroot, raspberry & red endive. This was her favourite dish at our lunch, with a lovely long slice down the breast of the duck, and rich oriental flavours. I had Fillet of North Sea Hake with peas, samphire & Jersey Royal potatoes. The samphire was rich and tasty, however the potatoes were just a little underdone for my taste, and I like potatoes to not be overcooked.
For pudding Isabelle opted for the rich Michel Cluizel ”Kayambe” 72% Warm Chocolate Mousse with ras el hanout & tulameen raspberry. I selected the Citrus Fruit Cream & Knochraich Farm Yoghurt with sable biscuit, lime, coriander & galangal. This was my favourite of the three dishes, really exquisite – delicate and tasty.
Review by architect Adrian Welch, Finnieston, founder of global architecture website e-architect
Location: 36 Kelvingrove St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 7RZ – in the heart of the West End
Telephone: 0141 501 0553
Website – menus: unalomebygc.com
Unalome Finnieston Restaurant
Architects: Davidson Baxter Partnership
Multi-award winning chef Graeme Cheevers is on course for Michelin success with the launch of his first solo adventure; UNALOME by Graeme Cheevers, on June 2nd.
Choosing his home town of Glasgow, he aims to achieve Michelin status within a year, something he’s no stranger to having previously won the industry’s top accolade, a Michelin star, at both Martin Wishart Cameron House, Loch Lomond and The Isle of Eriska Hotel.
“Unalome will be a culinary experience like no other you’ll find in the city. My intense passion for my craft and the industry has given me the fire in my belly required to elevate my career to a level that will continuously delight and entice the senses, whilst continuously striving for ascension for our valued guests.”
Chef Cheevers added, “I don’t want it to be an occasion restaurant. I want people to return time and time again to experience the ever-changing seasonal menu, putting Glasgow back on the map for outstanding food and drink. I’m confident we’ve got all of the elements required for success to the highest level.”
Reservations can be made online at www.unalomebygc.com or by calling 0141 501 0553.
The architects were the Davidson Baxter Partnership.
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