A contemporary West End venue, Crabshakk isn't big but it sometimes looks as if it has managed to fit in more customers than the laws of physics should allow. With bare stone, exposed fittings and some snackers sitting at the bar, it looks very much like the casual, quality diner it aimed to be at launch in 2009. People come for the crab, langoustine, lobster, mussels or oysters; there will also be a simple pasta dish involving clams, basic fish and chips, bisque, chowder and more; rump steak for the red meat fans, an appropriate risotto for vegetarians. When serving up the more impressive shellfish dishes, like fruits de mer or whole crab, Crabshakk creates a definite wow factor.
You may have noticed that Glasgow sits astride a fairly big river – one of Scotland's longest. It also has a maritime history, facing out to the wide Atlantic Ocean. Go back as far as the Dark Ages and Glasgow's patron saint and founder, Mungo, even performed a miracle involving a salmon fished from the Clyde thereby saving the life of Queen Languoreth of Strathclyde; it's a complicated tale of jealousy and intrigue but you can find various versions online.
The upshot of Mungo's intervention is that Glasgow's official crest features that miraculous fish to this very day. So although Glasgow might not be a fishing port, a centre for fish processing or even on the coast, its founding mythos bred seafood into its genetic code and it currently boasts a complement of fish restaurants that are collectively quite fantastic, each individually interesting in its own way. So head to the Glasgow restaurants below and raise a glass) to some seriously good seafood. And if you're not partial to fishy things? How about Indian? Or somewhere cheap?