Rainy Glasgow Central Station - photo by Tony Webster under CC BY-SA 2.0
Rainy Glasgow Central Station - photo by Tony Webster under CC BY-SA 2.0

SCOTLAND: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON PARTS UNKNOWN

The great Anthony Bourdain left his mark everywhere he went. When his death was announced to the world in June 2018, media throughout the globe chimed in and listed all the great things he had done for their respective city, town, province, country. Whereas before, tourists would shy away from exotic foods, thanks to him, travellers now go the extra mile to find and try local bites. With this in mind, here are all the restaurants Bourdain visited and the dishes he tasted when he shot Anthony Bourdain Scotland for his show, Parts Unknown Season 5 Episode 4 (originally aired May 10, 2015):

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DRINK – Pale Lager

WHAT IS IT?

As the name suggests, it is a light-colored to gold-colored lager with varying degrees of bitterness.

WHERE IS IT?

Old College Bar
219 High St, Glasgow G1 1PP
Scotland, United Kingdom

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ANTHONY BOURDAIN SCOTLAND NOTES

According to the bartender, the pub opened in 1510, making it the oldest in Scotland. Here, Anthony Bourdain enjoyed his pint of Tennent’s with the light being “just right” and the room “not too crowded”. In Parts Unknown Scotland, he described the Old College Bar as a place where “you can have a drink in a dignified fashion, free of care”.

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DISH – Rogan Josh

WHAT IS IT?

Wet lamb curry simmered in spicy tomato gravy.

WHERE IS IT?

Mother India
28 Westminster Terrace, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 7RU
Scotland, United Kingdom

ANTHONY BOURDAIN SCOTLAND NOTES

Anthony Bourdain observed that “Indian food is huge in Glasgow”. The lamb curry at Mother India was served with naan bread.

DISH – Scottish Oysters and Lobster Thermidor

WHAT IS IT?

A platter of Scottish oysters, served raw. Lobster Thermidor is a classic French dish of cooked lobster meat and egg yolks, drizzled with brandy and stuffed into the shell of a lobster.

WHERE IS IT?

Rogano’s
11 Exchange Pl, Glasgow G1 3AN
Scotland, United Kingdom

ANTHONY BOURDAIN SCOTLAND NOTES

At Rogano’s, only Scottish ingredients are used in their Lobster Thermidor.

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DISH – Fish and Chips, and Haggis

WHAT IS IT?

Fish and Chips refer to deep-fried fish with fries (called chips in the UK). Haggis is a sausage of sheep parts.

WHERE IS IT?

The University Cafe
87 Byres Rd, Glasgow G11 5HN
Scotland, United Kingdom

ANTHONY BOURDAIN SCOTLAND NOTES

The University Café has been in business since 1918 and has been serving deep-fried goodies for the past century. Here, Anthony Bourdain enjoyed their Fish and Chips made of deep-fried battered haddock and fries with curry sauce and cheese. He also had deep-fried haggis with curry sauce.

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