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Review: Mesa, Glasgow East End

Review: Mesa, Glasgow East End

Mesa is the newest addition to Glasgow’s burgeoning brunch scene and it’s an absolute delight. Mesa is the sister cafe to Cafe Strange Brew in Shawlands so you just know this place is going to be good from the outset.

I paid a visit on a Saturday for brunch with my lovely pal Erin who lives nearby. We had a short wait for a table – I think maybe 15 minutes but the staff were professional and efficient, and managed it well! Understandably the place was really busy for a Saturday morning.

Mesa Glasgow: figs on toast with ricotta, honey and pine nuts.

Mesa Glasgow: figs on toast with ricotta, honey and pine nuts.



What’s it like inside?

It’s not huge – I’d say there’s seating for about 20 people. But it’s not cramped either, so you’re not sitting right on top of your neighbours. A neighbouring table had a dog with them and prams would also fit in easily. Most of the tables are set up as pairs.

What’s on the menu?

I think this is my favourite thing about Mesa - the menu is a little bit different from what’s on offer at other brunch spots in Glasgow. The food has mediterranean flavours (the head chef is from Sardinia) mixed in with Middle Eastern. The menu when I visited featured baked eggs, sandwiches and pancakes. I ordered the figs on toast with ricotta which was lush – sweet, light and a nice crunch with the pine nuts. The lamb dishes also caught my eye but I don’t like eating meat when I’m dining with a veggie!

Erin ordered the halloumi sandwich with fried egg & avocado (and she let me take a photo of it!)

Erin ordered the halloumi sandwich with fried egg & avocado (and she let me take a photo of it!)

Where can I find Mesa?

Mesa is in the East End of Glasgow on Duke Street, down the end near Dennistoun BBQ. It’s easy to find and there’s loads of parking on Duke Street. There’s also a great shop over the road worth a visit after brunch called Pear which sells cacti. I won’t lie, I visited to see the dog but was also taken in with the plants.

Want to know more?

Check them out on Instagram at mesa_glasgow. Mesa is open from 9am-5pm every day and you can pay them a visit at 567 Duke Street, Glasgow G31 1PY.

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