A Saturday night and being able to enjoy a gluten free meal in a restaurant as good as Southside Scran without going into town, is a great treat!
Southside Scran opened late 2018 and after one blip (in which the restaurant suddenly shut the day before my birthday booking!), it’s now getting good reviews and is worth seeking out even if you are on a different side of town. A sister to the always-good-for-gluten-free Scran and Scallie, Southside Scran is a bit more bistro than gastro pub and the experience is good too!
The menu is clearly set out and offers lots of flexibility: you are encouraged to discuss your wants with the servers and the kitchen will adapt for you. This is, of course, good news for the coeliac diner.
We started with some fresh-looking homemade vegetable crisps (sadly not in a GF frier, but I am told they were delicious) and then a plate of fantastic cornbread with little pats of butter, bowls of the most devine chicken liver parfait and some tiny cornichons. With some careful knife-work with the gluten eaters, this sharing went well.
I went for the specials, but I must say most of the menu is adaptable and like Scran and Scallie, there are even GF fish and chips on offer. It is all about quality and flexibility, the choice is wide for the gluten free easter.
Two succulent scallops, so good I forgot to photograph them, were followed by the most delicious roe deer loin with celeriac and a confit of hump. This was gorgeous dining and was made even better with some GF chips and a lovely green bean and hazlenut salad. Southside Scran takes its side dishes seriously: whatever you choose, you are encouraged to look at accompaniments, as they add flavour and drama to your meal. Red cabbage sounded tempting and as the portion sizes are manageable, it might have been good. But there’s a good reason to go back!
I didn’t opt for a pudding, but pretty much all but one were GF and they were very beautiful. Options included a creme caramel, rostisserie pineapple and rice pudding with salted caramel – yum! My gluten eating friend’s rhubarb was like a work of art. Gorgeous.
All in, Southside Scran is not a cheap option, but the quality and flavour sings out of every meal, so it’s good value if you want high end bistro food, brilliant, friendly service and a good atmosphere.
I should also tell you that the bar has a good selection of Scottish gins, some really good wines (I had a zesty Chilean SB and some indulgent Monbazillac instead of pudding) and plenty of GF beers too, including the excellent Bellfield Brewery.
In the age of Instagram, it’s a canny restaurant that produces gorgeous food on branded plates – and they definitely know what they’re doing to get the name out!
I loved it thouggh and I will definitely be back for those fish and chips and some red cabbage!