While the west end still boasts Glasgow’s greatest concentration of fashion boutiques, trendy pubs and fusion restaurants, in recent years the south side has been stealing some of its clothes. The Bungo is the most recent example, a bar and kitchen from the proprietors of the almighty Left Bank in Kelvinbridge.
They’ve wisely decided not to mess with a winning formula, so expect modern décor and eclectic cuisine, with plenty of locally sourced ingredients and offerings from a number of culinary traditions. More than just the “safe” menu option, the burgers here are remarkable even in a city where dedicated gourmet burger restaurants are springing up on every corner. If you’re not too fussed about your waistline, try the lamb curry: the meat is slow-cooked and simply dissolves in your mouth; the sauce is rich, complex and delicious.
There’s a solid selection of house wines and a good array of cocktails. The bottled beer selection is a little disappointing (Scottish favourites St. Mungo and Innes & Gunn make an appearance, would love to see a Williams Bros./Fyne Ales/Drygate option or two) but Belgian lager Heverlee is an inspired draught choice which more than makes up for it.
Service can be slow on busy weekends, but the staff are friendly and fairly attentive. The Bungo lies just off a major bus route, has good wheelchair access and is also famously dog and child friendly. Check it out, take a walk on the south side.