The Herald Magazine - - etc RON MACKENNA EATING OUT -

Hard to ar­gue with the light, zingy flavours from the starter half of the menu, or the shak­ing beef; a bit less as­sured deep into the mains. 7/10

THE BOTANY 795 Mary­hill Road, Glas­gow (0141 946 3131)

Food: Stan­dard mid­dle-mar­ket fare – pasta, sal­mon, roast chicken High point: The wait­ing staff Low point: Food lacks imag­i­na­tion Score: 20/30

DUNURE INN 9 Har­bour View, Dunure, Ayr (01292 500549)

Food: Scot­tish pub grub and fresh seafood High point: The Lan­goustines and scal­lops were a stand­out Low point: No view from the in­side Score: 21/30

AB­SURD BIRD 3 Nel­son Man­dela Square, Glas­gow (0141 378 5001) Food: Fried chicken High point: Chicken was per­fectly cooked Low point: Some pretty poor dishes Score: 18/30

THE LAIRD’S TA­BLE Crau­furd­land Cas­tle, Kil­marnock (01560 600003) Food: Light cafe menu High point: Lovely lochside views Low point: Not the most ad­ven­tur­ous menu for day­time Score: 2O/30

THE FISHMARKET 24 Pier Place, Ed­in­burgh (0131 5552 8262) Food: Seafood High point: Very fresh fish, rea­son­able prices Low point: Lack of choice Score: 21/30

MHARSANTA Bell Street, Glas­gow (0141 552 9900) Food: Strange mix of twee Scot­tish sta­ples High point: Sim­ple dishes but with great flavour Low point: Dull menu and lit­tle at­mos­phere Score: 20/30

NONYA 10 Clare­mont Street, Glas­gow (0141 221 6200) Food: Asian High point: Big flavours, so­phis­ti­cated pre­sen­ta­tion and a great price Low point: Con­fu­sion with some of the or­der Score: 25/30

SHAWARMA KING 99-113 King Street, Glas­gow (0141 258 1870) Food: Ke­babs, but proper shawar­mas High point: Great food with a great low price Low point: It’s a ke­bab shop un­der a rail­way arch Score: 26/30

RIOJA 1116 Ar­gyle Street, Glas­gow (0141 334 0761) Food: Span­ish tapas High point: Good at­mos­phere Low point: Too many dishes and quite pricey Score: 18/30

THE MER­CHANT CHIPPY 155 High Street, Glas­gow (0141 552 5789) Food: Good old-fash­ioned fish and chips High point: Great low prices Low point: Scampi and white pud­ding not so good Score: 22/30

DOCK­YARD SO­CIAL 95 Haugh Road, Glas­gow (dock­yard­so­ Food: Malaysian street food High point: Bustling at­mos­phere with a great vibe Low point: Price was in­con­sis­tent and over­priced over­all Score: 20/30

BASTA PIZZA BAR 561 Dum­bar­ton Road, Glas­gow (0141 339 8698) Food: Pizza High point: Great tast­ing piz­zas. Low point: Feels and looks low spend and low tech Score: 24/30

BUTCH­ERS STEAK AND GRILL 133 Main Road, Elder­slie (01505 336710) Food: Steak­house High point: Out­stand­ing steaks, ex­cep­tional value.

Low point: The side dishes are not the best. Score: 26/30

MEZZIDAKIA St Vin­cent Street, Glas­gow (0141 221 0202) Food: Eastern Mediter­ranean High point: Bright, re­laxed ser­vice Low point: Con­cept is good but food for­get­table Score: 19/30

AVO AVO Ar­gyle Street, Glas­gow (0141 248 1741)

Food: Healthy grub with avo­cado in ev­ery­thing High point: Ter­rific staff Low point: Avo­cado is bland. End of Score: 20/30

TACO BELL Sauchiehall Street, Glas­gow

Food: Mex­i­can fast food High point: Punch-in-the-face flavours Low point: Glum staff Score: 16/30

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