Food review: Salt and Vinegar, 1044 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow

Salt & Vinegar glasgow

Did we land a big fish in Shawlands?

Salt and Vinegar in Shawlands seemed to take forever to open, teasing us, with the brown paper on the windows, as to what was inside.  Now it is open and we wandered along to see if it was worth the wait.

Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow
(Photo: Salt and Vinegar/Facebook)


Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow

A fair amount of thought and money has went into transferring Mario’s chippy and Mega Amusements next door into a nautical-themed restaurant and takeaway, with porthole windows peeking between the two.

Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow

Seafaring accoutrements adorn the walls and glass fishing floats, doubling as lights, hang from the ceiling.
Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow

Completing the decor makeover, and going for hipster points there’s distressed plaster and brickwork.  This is a quirky, inviting place.


We settled down to look at the menu.  As there’s no licence yet, we chose soft drinks. However St Mungo and NIX (alcohol free) is available.

Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow

It’s not all fish and chips, there’s also pasta and risotto dishes. However, we were there for the fish.

Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow Menu
Menu at Salt and Vinegar

I went for haddock and chips at £7.95 which comes with chips, salad and tartare sauce.  The fish was fluffy and the batter crispy. The chips were tasty and not over or under cooked.  The tartare sauce however, could have done with some more gherkin/caper/onion as the mayonnaise taste was too overpowering.

Haddock burger Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow
Haddock burger

Mr Foodie picked the battered haddock burger (£8.95). Served with chips, salad and tartare sauce. A sweet brioche-style bun, no butter so a bit dry. The haddock was tasty but Mr Foodie didn’t think it was quite as good as the fish finger sandwich from Catch in Giffnock.

Mr Triple D went for battered cod (£8.95) which came with chips, salad and tartare sauce. Triple D was disappointed in the cod being in two bits and the batter didn’t crisp up enough for his liking.

Cod Salt and vinegar Shawlands Glasgow
Cod and chips

We also ordered a black pudding fritter costing £1.75.  Crispy batter and a moist, delicious slice of  black pudding.  It would be good to see black pudding on the menu as a main and not just as a side. We also had a plate of mushy peas (£1.50).

Black pudding salt and vinegar glasgow

Total cost was £36.80 for 3 mains, 3 drinks and 2 sides.

Conclusion: Service quick, prices good, toilets clean but the gents is so cramped that the hand dryer might turn on when you least expect it. On the plus side you get a warm bum.

Salt & vinegar (not the condiments!) is handy for buses along Pollokshaws Road (38, 57 etc.) or Minard Rd (34 etc.), and trains to Crossmyloof too.


+ restaurant looks good!
+ decent prices
+ good black pudding
+ handy for public transport

– no booze (yet)
– some minor issues with the mains


Salt & Vinegar, 1044-1046 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow

Booking telephone Number:

0141 632 7289

Opening hours:

Monday to Sunday 12 to 10pm

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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