Unalome to open after Finnieston venue’s total transformation

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The new restaurant headed by award-winning chef Graeme Cheevers opens next week.

And Glasgow West End Today was lucky enough to be one of the first to see inside the new venue.

Diners can expect a total transformation of what was The Sisters restaurant on Kelvingrove Street.

Warm, simple Farrow & Ball walls and beautiful decorative stone panels give a modern but elegant vibe.

New space has been created for safe dining but in intimate surroundings.

Ambient runner ceiling lights provide a wonderful muted tone inside.

We didn’t get the chance to taste the food, but by all accounts the dishes are out of this world.

Customers will get to see for themselves when Unalome opens on Wednesday June 2.

Prices per head will be in the region of £70 to £90 for an eight-course taster menu.

Modern and elegant interior. Photo: Alan Donaldson
Graeme preps his kitchen team. Photo: Alan Donaldson

An la carte menu will also be available.

The first sittings will be without alcohol because of restrictions but everyone is hoping that will soon change.

A sample taster menu features Spiced Canelé, Orkney Scallops and Grilled Fillet of North Sea Turbot.

A vegetarian offering has Spring Pea and Bean Tart, Roasted Roscoff Onion Soup and Wye Valley Green Asparagus.

Graeme is no stranger to the Michelin guide having won stars at both Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and Isle of Eriska Hotel.

The mission now is to secure further honours for Glasgow after chef Lorna McNee at Cail Bruich gained the city’s first Michelin star in 16 years.

Graeme said he can’t wait to get started with his team of nine chefs.

Unalome opens on June 2.
A taster menu will feature hyper-seasonal produce. Photo: Alan Donaldson

The chef patron said: “It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point.

“But I am really happy with the way the kitchen and the restaurant look.”

Of his new team, he said: “I have taken on guys that I think will be good to mould into a shape that I want them to be.

“Most are Glasgow-based, some I have known through other restaurants. 

“They have been working all over Scotland trying to find the best places to work.”

Opening was originally schedule for February.

‘I am really happy with the way the kitchen and the restaurant look … I have taken on guys that I think will be good to mould into a shape that I want them to be’

Graeme Cheevers

But Brexit, Covid and a full-scale renovation put back the project by a few months.

Co-director James Newton said he was delighted with project but was glad to be over some of the challenges.

He said work stopped several times after staff and contractors received track and test alerts.

“We have downed tools for two days – at least four or five times, and that’s been pretty weird.

“But we got there in the end and we are delighted with what everyone has achieved.

Graeme’s hand-picked team. Photo: Alan Donaldson

“Everything inside including the custom-made kitchen is down to Graeme’s specification.

“He has his own team, hand-picked, and his own suppliers, hand-picked.

“I have every confidence that he can gain a Michelin star here – and he has said he wants to do it in his first year.”

  • Unalome is at 35 Kelvingrove Street and www.unalomebygc.com. Three extra tables have been released and are available for bookings.
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