Review: Number 16

After a long hard day studying a much needed treat was required, the restaurant we choose was number 16. Long before we started blogging or came across Yelp, number 16 was consistently picking up rave reviews on our favoured review site TripAdvisor. Although our love of TripAdvisor has diminished our desire to try number 16 certainly hadn't so our visit was much anticipated.

Situated at the bottom of Byres road number 16 is small neighbourhood restaurant with a strong reputation for serving top quality food since 2009. It was awarded an AA rosette in 2011 and has won several other awards for their continual efforts.


After a nice leisurely stroll down Byres road and we arrived at the restaurant. We were instantly surprised at how small it was, regardless of this they have made excellent use of the space and created a nice cosy atmosphere. We were taken to our seats on the higher mezzanine level and shown the set menu for the day, two courses at £14.95 and three courses at £.17.95

View into the kitchen.

A good ten minutes had passed and no one had came to take our order, we finally managed to flag down the waiter who explained we couldn't order as the kitchen "wasn't ready" and we would have to wait, we found  this a little bit strange and we waited another ten minutes before our order was finally taken. We both decided to go for three courses, we had a look at the wine list, it looked reasonably priced but we stuck with water as we both had to drive or study later that evening.

Brown roll, butter and oil.
While perusing the menu's we were given a beautiful white and brown roll, we enjoyed dipping our roll into the oil, a combination we hadn't been served for a while but enjoyed.

Pan fried fillet of rainbow trout.
The presentation of this dish was very pleasant as was the combinations of flavours. The fish was cooked and seasoned well and the beetroot flavour was intense and very enjoyable on the palate.

Deep fried ham hock.

We weren't sure of the presentation of the dish but found it to be a very nice combination. The ham hock was cooked well and the meat not too tough, the risotto was slightly firm but overall a good dish.

Roast breast of chicken.
Minimalist presentation but some very skilled cooking on show. The chicken was pretty much perfect, and we found the pomme puree to be silky smooth and incredibly moreish.

Pork belly, soy and shaosing broth.

After having pork belly at two star Marcus, this one had a lot to live up to, apart from being slightly overcooked it was very enjoyable. The Asian flavours coming from the dish were fantastic, the beansprouts and peanuts were a great addition to the dish.

Dark chocolate and espresso cake, latte ice cream.
This dessert was probably the weaker of the two, we could taste the chocolate flavour but no strong coffee tastes were coming through and the portion was not on the generous side.

Lemon and coconut tart, passion fruit sorbet

We really enjoyed this dessert and could easily of had another, it was that fantastic. The strong fruity flavours were divine and worked perfectly with the lemon and coconut tart. A really nice finish to a good meal.

Our first experience of number 16 was mainly a positive one. The standard of cooking was high and each dish had clearly been thought out well in terms of taste, texture and presentation. The thing that let the restaurant down was the service. We waited nearly twenty minutes for our order to be taken; plates took a while to be cleared; and then we had another wait for someone to ask for the bill. The restaurant was busy so we hope this was just an off night as the food was good and we did have an enjoyable evening and would still recommend anyone to try the restaurant for themselves.

Overall for £18 per head for 3 courses we had an enjoyable evening. The restaurant is well deserving of its AA rosette and it’s bound to be in contention for a 2nd rosette in the coming years.


Food 7/10
Service 6/10
Decor 6/10
Toilets 6/10
Value for money 7/10

Overall 32/50- Well worth a visit if you are visiting the west end of Glasgow.

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