Meet Dale from The Spiritualist
Dale Robertson is the GM at The Spiritualist in Glasgow and within a few minutes we can tell he knows hospitality and is a Glasgow veteran when it comes to food and drink across the city.
We are always keen for a photo when introducing our members but he isn't "selfiegenic" (his word, he has patented it already) so instead we have photos of the amazing cocktails available in The Spritualist and we are trying to convince ourselves 10am is not too early to try one.
Where can you find the best coffee in Glasgow?
I’m more of a tea drinker to be honest and sometimes think I am missing out on the great coffee scene Glasgow has at the moment, but it's a strong brew of the leaf variety for me every time.
Where is the best place for brunch in the city?
In the Southside it has to be Church on the Hill.
In the West end, The Wee Oven, takes some beating and I am yet to find somewhere to top it.
In the city centre, Café Gandolfi, a Glasgow institution, has been doing great brunches for years.
Where is the best restaurant to go to for a romantic meal?
I took my better half to Bilson Eleven in Denniston recently for a birthday treat.
I was really impressed with the food and the service, but it was the setting that really made it for me, it was like being in someone's house and that is what made it a romantic evening for us.
Where is the best place to go with a big group of family or friends?
Anywhere really, these occasions tend to be more about who you are with than where you are.
Any hidden gems in the city we should know about?
The thing about finding a hidden gem is they don’t stay hidden for very long.
One of my favourites though has to be the Smokin Fox, it’s great for every occasion and the drinks and food are both freshly made but with that great comforting style that makes you return again and again.
Shhh though, don’t tell other people about it!
Where is the best bar in Glasgow?
With around 500 different spirits, innovative cocktails & a fantastic selection of wines sitting along side the best craft beers, I can't help but say The Spiritualist - it's just a great all round experience.
However, Glasgow is becoming a real leader in the drinks industry and you can find so many great bars from the Southside to the West End.
Who is the best chef in the city?
In The Spiritualist we have a very talented young head chef in Marc Sweeney.
His passion is matched by his technical skills and the new menu he has just launched for us features some modern twists on classic cuisine. If I don’t give him a mention I’m sure he would have a few choice words for me.
However, across Glasgow we have some great talent producing super dishes that showcase the best in Scottish produce. The teams at the Gannet & Cail Bruich continually push boundaries and deliver some of the best culinary experiences I have ever had.
What is the best dish you've ever eaten?
It has to be when I was on holiday in Thailand, we ate at a place called Dining on the Rocks in Koh Samui which is series of platforms built out from a rock face with panoramic views across the sea.
I had a beef dish for my main, I can’t remember exactly what it was, but it felt like I was eating a dish that was made for a king, it was outstanding and cooked to perfection.
You're hosting a dinner and can invite 6 guests, dead or alive, who would you ask?
I think Winston Churchill would be quite entertaining after a few drinks so he better RSVP yes, Obama because, well he’s Obama, Robin Williams would be great fun…..
Is this becoming a bit of a generic answer? Maybe, ok I’d give them all a plus one and let them decide the other 3.
What is, for you, Glasgow's best restaurant?
Again it’s hard to pick as we now have so many great restaurants in Glasgow but for me it would be a toss up between Cail Bruich & the Gannet.
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