Indian, Japanese, Thai, Mexican and more…
Travelling the world is something of a bucket-list staple. Sadly, pulling a Phileas Fogg isn’t quite as easy as one would hope – from family commitments and health risks to finances and the sheer amount of organisation required, there can be numerous obstacles between you and your globe-trotting adventures. Luckily for those in Glasgow, the eating-out scene is vibrant, and more-over, worldly, meaning Glaswegians (and visitors to this fabulous city) can experience the edible wonders of the world, all from one convenient spot.
Indian – Rupee Room
Step inside Rupee Room and be greeted by a contemporary, sleek restaurant. Don’t let the modern interior fool you though, fare here is strictly Indian in nature, with menus comprising traditional Indian and Punjabi dishes which have stood the test of time. Want to sample the scrumptious food without leaving the comfort of your own home? Well, fear not as Rupee Room also have a takeaway menu.
Japanese – Ichiban Sushi & Noodle Café
Ensconced in the centre of Glasgow, Ichiban offers a true taste of Japan. The menus are comprehensive, offering up ramen and rice dishes alongside Bento boxes and sushi platters. Daytime dining is also available, with a set lunch menu available on weekdays and at great value. Why not try beef yakisoba or chicken katsu curry, or perhaps a lighter bite such as tako nigiri or oshinki maki – yum.
Thai – Chaophraya
The setting alone is reason enough to visit Chaophraya. Found inside The Townhouse on Buchanan Street, the restaurant’s exterior is imposing and the interior opulent, making each visit to Chaophraya seem a grand occasion. The food is equally impressive, with menus lovingly crafted by Thai chef Kim Kaewkraikhot to showcase her homeland’s scrumptious cuisine. Stir fry and curry feature heavily on the menu, including the four seasons duck curry with a medley of fruits, and stir fried king prawns with ginger. Afternoon tea is also available, with an intriguing Thai twist.
Chinese – Chinatown Restaurant
If you’re looking for deliciously authentic Chinese food, look no further than this restaurant. Menus showcase the east’s tastiest treats; think beef with ginger and spring onions, grilled chicken in a honey and lemon sauce, sizzling dishes, clay pot dishes and chow mein too. Dim sum is something of a specialty at Chinatown Restaurant, and there are over 20 different fillings to choose from, including snails, quail’s egg and chicken’s feet.
Mexican – Pinto
Serving up Mexican street food from quirky cafés, Pinto offers informal, affordable cuisine. Despite being pretty new to the scene, there are now five Pinto stores, found all across Edinburgh and Glasgow. Opt for a large, pulled pork-filled burrito if you’re feeling ravenous, and pair with hot sauce if you’re feeling brave. Alternatively, order a trio of tacos, each with a different filling, and prepare to widen your Mexican food horizons.
Italian – La Parmigiana
Toted as one of the best restaurants in Glasgow, La Parmigiana is a must-visit for anyone who’s a fan of Italian cuisine. The food is exceptional, and the drinks menu perfectly paired to suit. Start with tagliatelle, made in-house and stuffed with venison ragu. If you’re a fan of seafood, move onto a main featuring fresh market fish of the day, or alternatively, plump for creamy, lobster ravioli. To finish, indulge in chocolate fondant – what more could you want?
Scottish – Wee Lochan
Whilst foreign fare is incredibly delicious, not mentioning some of Scotland’s very own fab foods would be sacrilegious. Centrally located, Wee Lochan can often be found bustling with patrons, all enjoying the native fare. Popular choices include the twice-baked parsnip soufflé to begin, followed by roast chump of Scottish lamb on a bed of couscous and partnered with a port sauce. Complete your meal with a cheeseboard, comprising oatcakes, apple and walnut chutney and, of course, Scottish cheeses.