Glasgow is the culinary capital of Scotland, boasting an array of restaurants serving up cuisine from every corner of the globe. Over on King Street in the city centre you’ll find Cossachok, a cross between an art gallery and restaurant offering diners an authentic taste of Russia through its array of dishes from the Soviet Union. With handmade pew-style benches, red walls and traditional folk decor, as well as live music events taking place, Glasgow’s Cossachok has a vibrant atmosphere, gathering itself a loyal fanbase since it was established all the way back in 1998. Make your way to Merchant City restaurant for a taste of traditional Russian cooking.
Cossachok stands as a portal to the past, taking diners back in time through sharing the flavours of the former Soviet Union at their charming premises in Glasgow city centre. The food selection here features a range of dishes from all over Russia, Georgia, and the Balkans, as well as several options for vegetarian diners. Whether you’re nostalgic for the old days or interested in experiencing the varied cuisine of the former Soviet Union first hand, Glasgow’s Cossachok will not disappoint. They’re open every day of the week for lunch and dinner, so there’s never a bad time to stop into this Merchant City restaurant.
From old favourites like beef stroganoff and borscht to lesser known Russian dishes, the menu is packed with choices – we recommend trying the Moscow blintzes (pancakes stuffed with turkey mince, leek, rice and parsley, covered in a rich spinach sauce). Located in the heart of Merchant City, just off of Trongate on King Street, Cossachok is Glasgow’s premier place to enjoy a taste of Russia. Book a table and head to this Glasgow city centre restaurant and enjoy the flavours from years gone by.
Cozy restaurant with delicious food and very friendly staff. Can really recommend this restaurant so go there. Can recommend the soup borsjtj which was very good.
Great choice of menu, service and atmosphere. The food came in large portions and for the price in town location was fantastic. overall a lovely experience and will be back soon
Excellent, very reasonably food as usual. Tried the fried rye bread strips with dip for the first time and they wil be a staple addition to future visits. Cocktails brilliant too!
Great food and very attentive staff, service was slick and all at a very good price, would definitely go again next time we visit Glasgow
Bought this as a Groupon deal - starter, main with a shot of vodka. Although hubby and I enjoyed the meal, I can't help shake the feeling that it was more about the novelty of the experience of us getting out. The staff were all pleasant and unobtrusive. There was very little waiting time for our food. The food itself wasn't amazing but something a little different. We both enjoyed the borscht soup starter, which came with rye bread and sour cream. It was quite salty (and I like salty), so any larger portion than what we were served might have been too much for my throat. It was delicious. Hubby ordered the fried ravioli, which had little beef / pork pillows inside. It was a good size serving, drenched in a creamy, cheesy sauce. Definitely stodgy comfort food. I ordered the lamb kebabs, which were moist, delicious and beautifully seasoned. the roast potatoes and salad that accompanied it were bland and underwhelming and not what I would expect a restaurant to serve but they were alright. The ambience is warm and peaceful but it felt a bit cheapened and "pub-like" because of the two giant screens playing a Russian comedy film with the sound off. It would have been a nicer use of this tech to have the sound up a little and playing traditional music or footage of the region. The décor is interesting but they could do with a little more of it spread around the room. I loved the matryoshkas in the window, but once you're seated, you can't see them. Perhaps they could be dotted around the place? My main gripe niggled me throughout the meal and ever since. Basically, the small print on the voucher says "menu is seasonal and subject to change". Fair enough, you think, expecting that to refer to available produce. Nope. it's probably the get-out clause for the A4 sized restricted menu for voucher users. We didn't expect that. While the choice of starters was good, the mains were very limited. I suppose we enjoyed the food, but we wouldn't have minded paying a surcharge for a fuller range. We saw people having lovely skewers of meat taken to their table and we wished we had the choice. Also the drinks menu boasts an impressive range of flavoured vodkas, all the same reasonable price. However, us voucher peasants were only allowed a choice of cranberry (or maybe it was nail polish remover) and plain vodka. That was disappointing as I drooled over the idea of salted caramel vodka and pear vodka. Being on a strict budget, we only ordered a couple of soft drinks in addition to our "allowance" to allow us to leave a fair sized tip. All-in-all, we paid £19 and got £19 worth. No way was it a £37 "deal" as we thought from Groupon. We enjoyed it but not sure we subscribe to the hype about the place. I can't help feeling that's simply a novelty value. By all means, go along (without a voucher), especially if they have live music as their websites state they have from time to time. I expect that makes it an even better dining experience.
My friends and I spent an enjoyable afternoon with Cafe Cossachok yesterday. The food was delicious, the service was perfect and the cost was very reasonable. We had been warned before hand that there had been an issue with their liquor license and I appreciated the warning. We were then able to bring our own wine. There are 3 of us, living in different parts of Scotland who meet occasionally and spend lots of time talking. Many times we begin to feel that we have overstayed our welcome in a restaurant, but that was certainly not the case with Cafe Cossack. All of us are looking forward to returning and also bringing our partners and other friends. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
I visited the cafe Cossachok with a friend on Monday 14th August. We had spent a couple of hours searching out the Billy Connolly murals in the Rain! The Cafe Cossachok was a wonderful discovery, and we spent the rest of the evening sampling a range of delicious food, cocktails and wine at the most reasonable of prices! The portions are enormous, and we struggled to plough our way through smoked salmon blinis and spiced rack of lamb which was cooked to pink perfection. The waitress was charming and knowledgeable, and I'll certainly be back - Glasgow is my favourite city anyway.
My colleague and I had lunch at Cafe Cossachok on a Tuesday. The restaurant is colorfully decorated with iconic Russian fabric and artifacts. We were seated promptly and ordered the potato pancakes and the lamb goulash from the lunch menu. Service was fast and pleasant. The food was delicious, the potato pancakes were delicately fried and crispy, served with sour cream. The lamb goulash was tender and flavorful, served with potatoes. All in all, a very pleasant experience with delicious food, good service, and a lovely atmosphere.
Our first visit to Cafe Cossachok and we were not disappointed. Welcoming and friendly staff and reasonably priced. Excellent selection of dishes with plenty of vegetarian options. The borscht was delicious and our choice of main courses and desserts were full of flavour and well presented. We finished off with a shot of flavoured vodka and a Russian coffee. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal & will definitely be back.
As good as ever. Fabulous food, friendliest staff, lovely relaxed atmosphere and last but not least, the best (and cheapest) cocktails ever, and not rushed at any time. I don't drink vodka but the hazelnut was so good I stole my son's! We were a family of 8 including my granddaughter and everyone had a great time. Waitress was lovely and so nice with my granddaughter. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. My husband has taken work associates there for a relaxing night and we have also gone there with friends, everyone has had a great time, without exception. Can't recommend this place highly enough. I have given full marks for noise as there is no deafening music although it can get noisy purely due to chatter (especially if you have a family of 8 drinking cocktails!)