Kevin Bridges is back in Glasgow for another round of sold-out shows at the Hydro. The last time the comedian was there for his Brand New tour, he took over Tiffney’s for his friends and crew.
Food is often a part of Birdges’ decor, so it seemed appropriate to visit the steakhouse before attending a show on the weekend of his recent tour, The Overdue Catch Up.
Located on Otago Street, just off the Great Western Road, Tiffney’s is set back from the street and between apartments, which means it has a hidden gem feel.
The owners of Tiffney say their steakhouse is a product of great Anglo-Irish American history and its name comes from the owners’ great-grandparents.
The restaurant has often been hailed as ‘number one in Glasgow’ thanks to TripAdvisor, and has carved out a place in the often-crowded steakhouse offerings as ‘the home of dry-aged beef’.
The beef in question is selected from the North East and Speyside, then aged to ‘tender perfection’ for over 70 days in a humidity-controlled meat locker and available cuts are presented raw on a board – with the Waitress’ explanation of the various steaks – right after we arrived and took our seats.
Inside, Tiffney’s is cozy and traditionally chic, with an exposed brick wall, small moody table lamps, and string lights by the window.
Although it was a sunny early September evening, it was easy to see how inviting the restaurant could be on a cold winter night.
After inquiring about the steaks and the various cuts that range from T-bone to tenderloin to rib-eye, we perused the menu while enjoying appetizers from a Aperol spritz (£8) and a Peter Sherry Almacenista Fino (£6).
As for the food, the menu is compact and very meat-oriented (as you can imagine).
There are scallops, quails and beef tartare, but we chose to share the monkfish langoustines (£12) and heirloom tomato and halloumi salad (£12). The colorful range of tomatoes was tangy and fresh, and packed a punch with tomato consommé and basil oil.
Small pressed and salted cubes of halloumi gave just the right amount of seasoning for this refreshing starter. We recently reviewed the new Crabshakk at Botanics, and it would be hard to beat their monkfish scampi, but Tiffney’s comes close.
The meaty fish, bound in a crispy batter, was served with mint smashed peas and a rich caviar butter sauce. I would have gladly had a large portion of this as a main course.
Speaking of which, we were quickly served our steaks – mine one tenderloin (£19 per 100g) and across the table a T-bone (£44) – both served with a salad of pea shoots, a choice of sauces and potatoes.
I chose the garlic and rosemary chipped roosters and a classic peppercorn sauce while the classic dauphinoise and blue cheese sauce was my dining partner’s choice.
My, quite small, tenderloin steak was as tall as it was wide – my dad will call it a beef dod – and is a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. It may seem small, but it was very filling. He also couldn’t have been more different in stature from the monstrous T-bone.
The tenderloin was melting gently with a charred taste with every bite of its perfectly rare cook. The pepper sauce was deeply spicy and rich, but the steak didn’t really need it.
The fried potatoes were crispy and utterly delicious, with hints of caramelized garlic and the peppery flavor of rosemary. I was going to order fries, but I’m glad I didn’t.
The t-bone was also extremely soft and perfectly cooked with the same great charred taste. The Dauphinoise was a disappointment though – dry with a slightly overpowering taste of nutmeg.
For dessert, we chose the sticky toffee pudding (£8) and coconut panna cotta (£8)
The milky coconut dessert was served with Malibu gel (not enough to bring back memories of club nights past) and sticky sweet caramelized pineapple.
The sticky caramel pudding was good, but didn’t fall like a must.
The prices here aren’t for those looking for a cheap night out, but there’s no denying the quality of the steak and service.
Over the years the site Tiffney’s sits on has changed, but it’s been that embodiment for years and not only was it busy when we visited it consistently receives rave reviews.
It might seem like a hidden gem, but it’s clearly well-loved by connoisseurs.
61 Otago Street, Glasgow, G12 8PQ
0141 328 9557