When we think of Glasgow’s ‘top’ restaurants, we might throw one of our two Michelin Star winners into the mix as a possible answer.
Or it might be that iconic Indian restaurant everyone raves about, a city centre spot serving great Scottish steak or seafood, or perhaps a fancy west end eatery, always booked out for weeks in advance.
But you’d be surprised if someone mentioned a unit within a shopping centre as the site of one of Glasgow’s best restaurants.
According to TripAdvisor, an ‘all American restaurant and bar’ within Braehead is the city’s second most popular, second-only to the highly revered Finnieston food haven, The Gannet.
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From 1,068 reviews, 868 diners have given Filling Station the full five stars, bumping it up to its lofty position on the travel review website.
Run by The Restaurant Group, which is behind such brands as Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Coast to Coast, Filling Station operates out of locations in Edinburgh and Inverness, as well as within Braehead Shopping Centre.
Serving the likes of stacked burgers, steaks, sandwiches and sourdough pizzas, it’s clear Filling Station is a huge hit – and one of the main reasons might be kids keep demanding their parents bring them back.
One customer said on TripAdvisor: “We decided to have an impromptu visit to Braehead for some Christmas shopping with our five kids.
“The filling station not only accommodated our large group last minute but also gave us amazing service.
“Waheed our server was amazing with our kids and generally had amazing customer service, he was super friendly and overall brightened our day!
“We’ve eaten numerous places over the years with our family and I can hand on heart say this was one of the best customer service experiences we’ve had. Food was lovely too.”
And many people have pointed out one waiter in particular for putting smiles on kids’ faces.
One comment reads: “Good wee family afternoon with huge portions. Our waiter Waheed was brilliant with the kids.
“Sunday a good day to go as not too busy.”
Another person said: “Had good Sunday breakfast with kids, good food, good value and fast service. Been many times before and always good.
“This time was particularly pleasant as we had Waheed as our waiter.
“What a change to have a happy, professional, friendly, helpful waiter. He put a smile on my face. Congratulations Waheed you put other waiters in Glasgow to shame.”
And a further review has praised the service of the staff, while also commenting on the ‘amazing’ food.
It reads: “Honestly great food and a great atmosphere for the kids, Lola was just great with us and made the kids feel really comfortable.
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“I had the ribs and chicken, the kids had pizza and the wife had an amazing chicken with bbq sauce. Worth a trip!”.
And it seems the staff going out of their way to put smiles on the faces of the youngsters is the main reason parents give this place such positive feedback, even bringing joy to ‘grumpy toddlers’.
One review summed up the thoughts of many by saying: “We were served by Waheed and he was great! Super friendly and attentive!
“Lunching with toddlers can sometimes be messy but Waheed was attentive to our daughter and friendly with her!
“This makes going out for lunch much more relaxing, definitely will be back.”
Have you taken your kids along to Filling Station at Braehead and what do they think? Let us know in the comments!