the left bank was opened on the 3rd july 2006 by catherine hardy and jacqueline fennessy. they met working for big beat (a glasgow company that had about 25 bars/restaurants and nightclubs, mainly in glasgow but also in dundee and aberdeen) in the 90s.
the left bank was a clydesdale bank that had been left, it is also on the bank of the river kelvin (the right one!) and in the university area of the west end, quite bohemian and arty and full of students, just like its namesake in paris.
like the left bank's sister venues we use natural finishes; reclaimed oak floors from a guy in cumbria, "painters' planks" for the tables, timorous beasties wallpapers (paul lives upstairs), shotblasted walls, bespoke wall hangings by a local graphic designer, op art lampshades and a curvaceous concrete bar from a local sculptor.
the menu was key to our initial success and set the path which we have followed ever since, using local suppliers and changing our menus with the seasons to reflect what is plentiful and with few food miles. we also designed the menu so that our main a la carte meals come with a side of the customer's choice this enabled everyone to balance their own carb/protein intake without a fuss
our recipes are driven by the desire to offer authentic interpretations of food from around the world, our goan fish curry with tamarind, fried curry leaves and a slick of mahogany coconut oil. tom yam noodles fragrant with fresh lemongrass, lime leaves and red chillies. we stay pure to the sense of a dish, avoiding fusions from different countries and cultures. choosing our small dishes you can get a table of food from around the world, full of fresh herbs and spices
where possible we avoid veg like green beans and mange tout which are air freighted into the uk, we don't use soft fruits until we can get the british ones, ideally from blairgowrie.
we keep prices affordable, we recycle paper, glass and food waste and try to operate as efficiently as possible
we would love to welcome you at the left bank, to make a reservation call 0141 339 5969
access: the left bank is accessible from street level without stairs and has bathroom facilities for disabled users.