HO­TEL of the week


Irish Sunday Mirror - - TRAVEL -

The Malmaison is on the site of a for­mer Greek Ortho­dox church in the heart of Glasgow. A beau­ti­ful build­ing from the 1800s which was ren­o­vated in 1994, there’s noth­ing ortho­dox about its mod­ern makeover. Its 72 rooms are big and com­fort­able and the great food and wine at the Chez Mal Bar and Brasserie guar­an­tee a so­phis­ti­cated bou­tique ex­pe­ri­ence.

ON THE MENU: The Chez Mal of­fers a sur­pris­ingly pri­vate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with many of the ta­bles set in half-moon booths. The friendly staff know their stuff, and it’s al­ways good to see an open kitchen. The Seared Cor­nish sea scal­lops with chorizo, spinach purée, sam­phire and vierge dress­ing (€15) and the tem­pura of cala­mari and tiger prawns with chilli jam & crème fraîche (€10) are sump­tu­ous starters, but there are plenty more to choose from. My 300g Rib­eye steak (€30) was per­fectly cooked and the Ker­alan Monk­fish curry with tiger prawn, clam and mus­sels, grilled co­rian­der flat bread, fra­grant rice & red chilli (€20) was a de­light. With a por­tion of truf­fle and parmesan

pommes frites (€6) we were done but there’s a nice se­lec­tion of puds too. A som­me­lier is al­ways on hand to give you ad­vice on the wines.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE The O2 Arena is two min­utes’ walk from the ho­tel so keep an eye out for the lat­est gigs. It’s also well worth walk­ing west­wards to the up and com­ing Fin­nieston area where you will find an eclec­tic mix­ture of bars, shops and restau­rants. The Glasgow Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre and the world fa­mous Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery & Mu­seum are also nearby.

WAKE-UP CALL A stan­dard dou­ble suite with break­fast and din­ner is from €112 on cer­tain dates. malmaison.com or call 0044 0330 016 0380 CHRISTO­PHER MOONEY

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