When Cail Bruich secured Glasgow’s first Michelin star in almost two decades earlier this year, it must have thrown a spanner in the works for the city’s newest fine dining establishment Unalome. The modern Scottish restaurant announced its upcoming arrival full of bravado, firm in their ambitions to be the restaurant that would finally bring that culinary accolade back to Scotland’s largest city.
This Finnieston restaurant, which opened its doors to the public in June 2021, is the latest culinary undertaking for celebrated Scottish chef Graeme Cheevers. At the age of just 32, his career has been an impressive one. Running the kitchens at both Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and the luxury Isle of Eriska Hotel, he secured Michelin stars for both venues before the age of 30. Stints working in New York and Singapore, as well as travelling widely have informed his cooking style, which he describes as: “modern European, often inspired by Japanese culture and cooking.”
Traditionally a Buddhist symbol which represents the path to enlightenment the name Unalome was chosen as Cheevers intends to carve out a new and different path for the Glasgow food scene. He envisages it becoming more than simply an occasion restaurant. Rather, he hopes to secure a loyal clientele who will revisit to experience the changing seasonal menu.
The menu makes good use of Scottish produce, thanks to relationships with some of the country’s best suppliers – particularly where seafood is concerned. Pricing is straightforward: Lunch is £30, A La Carte £60, and an 8 course tasting menu comes in at £70 (£15 supplement for a Scottish cheese course). At the time of writing, jewels from the A La Carte selection include lamb saddle, served with violet artichokes and wild asparagus, as well as monkfish and bone marrow, on a bed of caramelised onion and Oscietra caviar.
Unalome has had a busy first month of trading, despite still working around unusual COVID times and restrictions. The intention for the long-term, however, is to be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner service, and to ultimately bring 50 hospitality jobs to the city. With the restaurant refit and set-up costing over £250,000, Unalome is determined to find a permanent place not only in the illustrious Michelin guide, but in the hearts of Glaswegian foodies as well.
36 Kelvingrove St, Finnieston. Glasgow G3 7RZ.
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