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111 by Modou announces opening date and new menu

111 by Modou has a date for reopening, and is offering diners the popular, seasonal 'Trust' menu.

Published: August 4, 2020
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Formerly 111 by Nico, the restaurant was gifted by the celebrated chef to Modou Diagne back in March - and it's now set to reopen under his ownership.

111 by Modou will open on Friday 21 August, after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chef Modou Diagne will open his debut restaurant, 111 by Modou, which is located at 111 Cleveden Road in Glasgow's West End with a five course tasting menu that will continue showcase his culinary skills.

The twenty-six year old chef will offer guests a seasonal Trust tasting menu priced at £30 per person with a matching wine flight at £25 per person and available every Tuesday - Saturday.

The menu is described as "an immersive experience" where guests create their own food journey with a choice of ingredients for each of the five courses.

The menu

Highlighting local ingredients, guests will choose from either black truffle or smoked mackerel for the first course; smoked ham hough, Loch Etive sea trout or tortellini for the second course and XO duck, grey sole or pink fir apple potato for the third course.

The fourth is a choice of confit lamb belly, Shetland cod or violet artichoke and the five course tasting menu ends on a sweet note with a  dessert of golden peach, Perthshire strawberry or lemon.

There is also an optional cheese course, priced at an additional £5.

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This popular Trust tasting menu concept has been available at the restaurant since 2018 and was pioneered by Modou and his team.

The Total Trust menu is also still available every Sunday, priced at £23 per person and offers diners a five course menu designed entirely by the chef's choice of ingredients on the day.

The 46-cover restaurant will open with a reduced capacity of 28 and new features will include an open kitchen and stylish, contemporary artwork.

Earlier this year chef Nico Simeone announced that the popular Glasgow restaurant 111 by Nico was to witness its biggest change to date with his close colleague and friend, Modou Diagne, taking over the reins.

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As the coronavirus pandemic unfolded in the UK, Modou helped provide emergency food and support to some of the most vulnerable people in his community locked in poverty, by cooking weekly meals for St Gregory's Church in Maryhill, Glasgow.

He also helped Nico and his team successfully pivoted their business by launching, ‘Home by Nico’ which served over 100,000 people and kept the Six by Nico spirit alive during this challenging period.

Modou’s story

Modou, originally from Senegal, spent much of his younger life in Spain, before travelling to Glasgow by himself when he was 18 and with only £200 in his pocket to look for opportunities.

He slept rough for ten days until he found refuge in a Shelter charity church that helps the homeless before eventually finding permanent shelter.

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After a year continuously applying for jobs with no success due to very poor English, he came across a recruitment advert Nico had posted online in 2014 for a kitchen porter at 111 by Nico.

Nico met and hired Modou and within two months he noticed Modou had an unbelievable work ethic, a healthy respect and a positive attitude towards work.

Nico began to teach him the fundamentals of kitchen hygiene, to understand basic food ingredients, how to hold a knife, develop more complex skills and eventually the basics of cooking. Modou was able to save enough money working at 111 to move into a hostel and get off the streets.

Modou and Nico

Working with Nico over the years, Modou has played an intrinsic role in the 111 by Nico story and its success. He helped with the launch of previous menus such as the Trust and Total Trust concepts, and the popular 10 course tasting menu.

Modou has climbed the ranks from kitchen porter to head chef, to now restaurant owner.

Modou Diagne said: "Having moved here in 2013, I would never have dreamed that I would be in this position 7 years later. I am more than ready for this next chapter at 111 and I look forward to showing everyone in the industry what I can do here at 111 by Modou.

"Throughout lockdown I was busy helping my mate Nico cook and prepare the 'Home by Nico' kits and had the chance to give something back to the community who helped and supported me from the moment I arrived in Glasgow.

"This city and the people who live here have welcomed me with open arms and I am forever grateful. It's an exciting time in my life and I can't wait to have the doors to 111 by Modou open".

Booking info

111 by Modou will open from Friday 21 August at 111 Cleveden Rd, Kelvinside, Glasgow G12 0JU.

The restaurant will be open every Tuesday - Friday from 5pm - late and Saturday's and Sunday's from 12pm.

Bookings are now open and can be accessed via the 111 by Modou website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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