After relocating from St Vincent Street a few years ago, Arisaig has become a staple of the Merchant City restaurant scene. From one of the tables positioned within Merchant Square’s cobbled internal courtyard, it’s possible to savour some of the most authentically Scottish cuisine imaginable.
With every dish created using natural and locally sourced ingredients, Arisaig is quintessentially Caledonian. Even the beers and spirits come from local breweries and distilleries, such as the Bitter & Twisted ale from Clackmannanshire. This provides an impressive accompaniment to the extensive menu of starters and mains, including Tweed Valley steak and Shetland salmon. Cullen skink is a creamy delight that belies its humble ingredients to become something magical, particularly when combined with freshly baked sourdough bread. Buttery clapshot also transcends its turnip-and-potatoes ancestry, drizzled with tangy whisky gravy and served alongside traditional or vegetarian haggis. The selection of desserts is equally impressive, ranging from chocolate truffles to a cheeseboard, on which each cheese has been paired with a particular whisky. The cranachan cheesecake represents an ingenious blend of two iconic dishes, while the melting chocolate fondant and pouring cream is simple yet brilliantly executed. If that isn’t enough, there’s also a huge display of whiskies and Scottish spirits just waiting to be sampled.
Underpinned by attentive and chatty service, a meal at Arisaig is a relaxed affair to be savoured.
If you'd like to book a table online, please visit their website.