Exclusive Talisker whisky dinner coming to iconic Glasgow restaurant next month

A one-off Talisker whisky dinner is coming to award-winning seafood restaurant, Gamba, next month.

Published 22nd Aug 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The exclusive Made By The Sea four course Talisker whisky dinner will be held at Gamba on 22 September from 7pm as part of the second Glasgow Cocktail Weekend.

Gamba's head chef, Derek Marshall has created a four course menu to match expressions and drinks picked by Diageo Single Malt Whisky Ambassador TJ Littlejohn, who is also hosting the night.

Diners can look forward to canapés and a Talisker apple highball on arrival, before settling down to savour Scottish seafood - from peat-smoked fish pâté, to mouth-watering Isle of Gigha halibut, served with fondant potato and coral creamed leeks, and matched with a Seaweed Sour cocktail.

Talisker whisky dinner
Picture: Smoked fish pate, Gamba

Other anticipated drinks include a Bee Pollen, Honey and Basil cocktail and a dram of the Talisker 18 year old.

Derek Marshall said: “Talisker is one of Scotland’s greatest distilleries and we can’t wait to welcome them to Gamba.

"It’s a natural fit with their maritime heritage and a perfect partner for our menu which features the best of Scotland’s’ seas.”

Bookings are being taken now with the four courses, three cocktails, two drams, coffee and whisky tablet priced at £50 per person.

The full menu

Served with: Talisker Apple Highball

Peat Smoked Fish Spread - Ginger crème fraiche, smoked caviar
Served with: Bee Pollen, Honey & Basil Smash

Isle of Ghigha Halibut - Fondant potato, coral creamed leeks, seared scallop, turnip & beetroot mash
Served with: Seaweed Sour

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Iced Whisky Parfait - Roast apple, earl grey syrup
Served with: 18 Year Old Talisker Whisky

Cheese Plate - Clava Brie, Howgate Blue, Mull cheddar, Quince, Grapes, Perthshire Oatcakes
Served with: Distillers Edition

If you're keen to visit Gamba again, they are one of the many venues taking part in the Cocktail Weekend, which sees over 40 bars serve up £5 cocktails across Glasgow from 26-29 September.

Other venues taking part in the weekend include: the exotic basement oasis of Tiki on Bath St, dive bar The Dam in Merchant City and Finnieston favourite Rioja in the West End

New for 2019 is the Cocktail Kingdom located in the Argyle Street Arches. Ticket holders will be able to a two and a half hour session in the Cocktail Kingdom, which will include tastings, cocktail samples from pop up bars and masterclasses.

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As well as this there will be street food available plus live music and a cocktail lounge to relax in.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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