The vic café bar at the glasgow school of art is like the best mess hall ever – a combination of student union, spacious bar, and artsy café, where the food more than holds its own. much of the custom comes from the students, of course, but nothing like as much as in most unions – such is the historical and tourist interest in this particular art school. lunchtimes are buzzing, with no end of burgers and sandwiches made with gusto, like halloumi with pineapple chutney, or brisket, with a sweet marinade and sweeter piquillo peppers. dietary requirements are well tended to as well – salads (perhaps tofu noodle, or stuffed aubergine) have the same detail and ebullience that typifies much of the menu. a myriad of specials and menus signal the beginning of evening, when the energy picks up as the lights come down.