New restaurant Duchess of Argyle is the perfect destination for all foodies that are looking for something different, serving authentic Mexican street food and bringing heat and vibrant flavours of Mexico to Glasgow’s Finnieston. Located in what was previously Rockus, the venue joins Kaine Holdings portfolio of Finnieston/Yorkhill popular spots like Porter & Rye, The Finnieston, Lebowski’s and The Drugstore Social.
Glasgow’s Finnieston has become very popular with new restaurants and bars and The Times called it ‘Hippest Place in Britain’. Just a stone’ s throw away from the Hydro and the Glasgow’s key hotspots, The Duchess is the perfect destination regardless if you are stopping for a quick bite or after work cocktails with friends. They offer £5 lunches and on Tuesday you can eat tacos for only £2.
The team of chefs headed by executive development chef Scott Leask have created menu of authentic Mexican recipes. Prior to joining the group, Scott had sailored he world on luxury yachts where he sampled the best of Mexican dishes, that he incorporated in to flavoursome menu. Among the tantalising options Duchess of Argyle offers tacos and antojitos alongside the extensive agave spirit selection and tequila-infused concoctions. Fans of Mexico’s famous cocktails will be in for a treat as the venue lay claim to Tapatio tequila’s only margarita machine in the world.
You will not find any crunchy tacos or old school TexMex dishes; The Duchess of Argyle has far bigger aspirations! Expect Mexican street food done the right way: innovative dishes packed with fresh flavour, texture and spices served on wooden boards. Simplicity is the key, forget then greasy, packed with cheese burritos and wraps that spring to mind when you think of a ‘Mexican cuisine’ and prepare yourself for a revolution: the finest quality meats and fish, fresh vegetables cooked on super-hot griddles and explosion of flavours.
We popped in on Monday afternoon hoping we will get empty restaurant, so we can snap photos without interrupting anyone. To our amusement, the place was fully packed with people drinking cocktails and enjoying the food. We were shown small table next to the window and we immediately started browsing the menu.
The menu at Duchess of Argyle is a mixture of tacos and small street food dishes, which is great if you want to try different flavours.
To start we ordered a couple of cocktails that were recommended to us by the staff.
El Loco Slushie – Illegal Mezcal,Koko Kanu, Strawberry Puree, Lime, Crème de Fraise, Ginger Beer, Dehydrated Lime as garnish
Dirty Duchess – Ketel One Oranje, Plum Bitters, Lemon, Egg, Sugar, Blackberry Dust
Cocktails were absolutely fantastic!
I loved the combination of the tang of lime and sweetens of strawberry puree. Beautifully presented cocktail was not only aesthetically pleasing to eyes, but also very delicious. Even if you are not a fan of Mexican food, you should try their cocktails.
In the distance you could see the chef preparing our food.
We were recommended a selection of street food dishes that were served on wooden boards.
Starters: Chicharron, Corn Shards, Cheese shards
— TACOS —
Charred Pumpkin, Spiced Puffed Corn, Chocolate Mole, Crema
I was not sure if I like the combination of pumpkin and chocolate on a taco. But I changed my mind after the first bite. I though it will be quite sweet, but the taco tasted rather earthy.
Spit Roast Apache Chicken, White Onion, Verdita Salsa, Crema
Chicken tacos are always one of my favouite! Spit roast Apache chicken tacos are a prime example of vibrant and healthful Mexican cooking. Filling and satisfying.
Baja Cod, Curdito, Pomegranate Salsa, Chipotle Crema
Baja cod was by far my favourite! The crunch and slight sweetness of the pomegranate added a nice contrast to the dish.
— ANTOJITOS —
Tijuana Street Fries, Roasted Cumin Spice Mix, Homemade Guac, Crema, Salsa Fresca,
Tijuana street fries with roasted cumin, spice mix and homemade guacamole were very tasty and the portion was big enough for us to share. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, coated in spices that were complimented by crema and salsa fresca.
Elote Street Corn, Crema, Smoked Pepper, Coriander, Fresh Lime
Authentic traditional Mexican food hasn’t really been done in Glasgow and guys at The Duchess do it right. The latest taco heaven by Kaine Holdings has already proved that there was a gap and need for true Mexican dishes in the city. The food speaks for itself and combination of quality of dishes and tequila-infused concoctions really helps The Duchess of Argyle stand out in the crowd.
About Kained Holdings
As well as 5 venues in Finnieston, Kained Holdings also operates Lebowski’s (Edinburgh and Glasgow’s southside), The Kelbourne Saint on Queen Margaret Drive and The Crafty Pig on Great Western Road. Kained Holdings has been awarded Independent Multiple Operator of The Year for 2016 at the SLTN Awards.
1038 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8LX,