The Butterfly & the Pig in Glasgow City centre…the name isn’t even half as quirky as the restaurant itself! You’ll find the bar, cafe and restaurant sprawled across a few floors on Bath Street – I’ve eaten upstairs before but this time I was in the basement to meet up with one of my friends.
Just about everything is mismatched – cutlery, crockery, the chairs – all odd! That’s not so uncommon these days as a means of decorating, but I’m sure that The Butterfly and the Pig were one of the first to do this! Your food is served on mismatched crockery which has a vintage feel to it. I just love it – I take a look at the colours and patterns on my dishes then glance at everyone else’s!
One thing I absolutely LOVE is the way that the dishes are written on the menu – it’s so entertaining!
The food is served to you by causal, laid back staff who are really friendly and attentive. Comforting, homely and delicious – that’s how the food can be described. It’s not grubby pub food, nor is it anything OTT – just simple, filling food.
Leek and Goats Cheese Tart
This. Was. Delicious. It wasn’t just leek and goats cheese, it was more of a mixed vegetable and goats cheese tart, but that’s okay, it worked perfectly! It was full of rich flavours and very filling – if I’d known how filling it was I probably would have picked a lighter main course!
Carrot & Coriander Soup
This is one of those soups that annoy me. Coriander is one of my favourite herbs. I’m not a fan of carrot and coriander soup – it’s just so boring. This one is lovely and thick – the consistency is what usually lets this type of soup down, kudos B&P! The soup was piping hot, well seasoned and my friend lapped it up!
Butterfly & Piglet Burger with Chilli
I absolutely love the chillies on the skewer. Is so simple but I think it looks so effective and jazzes up what is, very simply, just a cheeseburger! I’m not going to lie and say that this is an amazing cheeseburger, etc, so on, so forth. The bar in Glasgow has been set very, VERY high, so it’s a waste of time. It was a good burger from a non specialist (cause let’s face it, burgers are a big deal in Glasgow) and it was tasty!
Salmon Fillet with Smoked Haddock Chowder
I would eat this every day. It was so filling, but just so tasty. The fillet of salmon was beautifully cooked – fresh, flaky and moist meat with dry, crispy skin. The chowder was a gorgeous creamy sauce-like soup filled with cubes of fluffy potato and chunks of smoked haddock. The strong signature taste of the salmon coupled with the mild smoky haddock was beautiful. It was completely indulgent and when I was finished I was fit to burst!
They also offer a wide range of home baking which includes absolutely miraculous cakes for dessert. The first time I came to The Butterfly & the Pig I sampled them and loved them, but after a bowl of chowder I really couldn’t manage another bite! It’s worth mentioning at this point that The Butterfly & the Pig is commonly known for being brilliant for Gluten Free diets. After this meal I returned a week with a GF companion for that exact reason. You could make a day and night of it here – brunch, afternoon tea in the tearoom, dinner in the restaurant, a drink in the bar and then dancing in The Buff Club on the top floor!
The Butterfly & the Pig
153 Bath St
(0141) 221 7711