Café Cossachok

Café Cossachok
Café Cossachok
Trongate 103, 10 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QP
  • Telephone 0141 553 0733
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 4–6.30pm
  • Average price £6.95 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £13.95
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Part arts hub, part restaurant, Café Cossachok has a back door to the Trongate Arts Centre while the wide glass frontage faces on to that bit of Glasgow that’s for ever up and coming. It’s a second home to the Russian and Lithuanian communities around this bit of town and its persistence over 17 years is testament to the authenticity of the cooking and sociability of the staff. The room is spacious, with wooden floors, pew-style benches and colourful rustic headscarves everywhere (including the ceiling). A series of menus aimed at different types of munching may include a full-flavoured borscht with cabbage and chunks of tomato served with homemade rye bread. The savoury blinis are also noteworthy, especially when served with a generous portion of superior smoked salmon and sour cream. Mains include vegetable dumpling, which comes in pasta like shapes with a cheesy filling and a smattering of mushrooms and chunks of salty feta, while Siberian pelmeni tastes like a Russian dim sum featuring parcels of minced beef and pork and boosted with sharp hits of mustard and vinegar.

  • High point: Engaged and sociable service
  • Low point: Great rustic food isn't always the best presented
  • Notable dish: Napoleon pudding
  • Average price: £6.95 (set lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 15 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Russian pop/folk
  • Live entertainment: Live music - various live acts. Violin, folk, jazz guitar
  • Capacity: 75
  • Largest group: 75
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £13 per bottle

Comments & ratings

6. Michael T11 Jul 2011, 12:48pm5 stars Café Cossachok Report

I have been to Cafe Cossachok many times and each time I return I am always impresed by the consistent level of service and quality of the food. The atmosphere is unique with updated contemporary Russian objects everywhere and the walls are hung with a gallery of paintings from Rusian artists which adds a very welcome and homely feel to this venue. My favorite time is Sunday evenings where one may attend musical events with Russian traditional music and song at the centre. The hostess is welcoming, warm and genuine and makes you feel you are her guest. I highly recommend this cafe and look forward to many more evenings there!

5. Daniel Mutter10 Jul 2011, 2:02pm5 stars Café Cossachok Report

Great selection of finest cuisine for affordable prices. The food seems fresh and organic, only because it is. I enjoyed everything from starters to dessert, everything was very tasty. The atmosphere is great as well.
Highly recommended.

P.S. the best borsch I've had in a while.

4. Martin Baker6 Feb 2011, 6:23pm1 star Café Cossachok Report

We were very disappointed by our dining experience. The food, although tasty, was nothing special or particularly exotic. The biggest let down was portion sizes. The 'Platters' were small servings of dull salad and a few slices of meat. A single platter would barely amount to a few mouthfuls for a single diner let alone to share. The price of over £7 pounds was in no way justified. The 'fried straw potatoes' that accompanied a meagre portion of beef stroganoff were standard french fries that you would get with any fast food.
Overall this was the least value for money dining experience we have ever had. THe only positive thing I can think of to say is that the decor and appearance of the cafe are very pleasing. We will we not return and we will urge our friends not to waste their money by eating there either.

3. Adam L16 Apr 2010, 11:32am4 stars Café Cossachok Report

Superb choice of satisfying dishes matched by an excellent atmosphere.

2. Erlend6 May 2009, 3:35pm5 stars Café Cossachok Report

Had a great lunch there on my recent trip to Glasgow. Really good filling soup with mushrooms & tatties, then thin rolled up blinis stuffed with mince & rice, really tasty. Excellent Russian beer as well.

1. Mazza26 Feb 2009, 10:01pm Report

What a fine place for lunch...lovely food and wine, in marvellous surroundings with a great atmosphere...can't wait to return...!

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