GaGa Glasgow, restaurant evaluate – Scotsman Meals and Drink

GaGa Glasgow restaurant review Scotsman Food and Drink

It’s that point of the 12 months once more after we replicate and begin anew with new resolutions, whether or not it’s beginning a brand new interest, making an attempt veganuary or just taking extra time for your self.

This state of change and flux may also apply to Glasgow’s Dumbarton Street, positioned within the west finish of town.

Conventional pubs, {hardware} retailers, tailors and barbers sit alongside espresso retailers, brunch spots and well being meals cafes.

The final nearly two years have been a problem, and there are a couple of companies which have sadly bitten the mud, whereas others have thrived and grown. One in all these is GaGa, which opened on Dumbarton Street in late 2021.

GaGa is a collaboration between Julie’s Kopitiam proprietor Julie Lin, and Marc Ferrier and Ken Hamilton of close by establishment The Thornwood plus Ken’s son Fraser Hamilton who ran cocktail bar Candy Liberty on Miami Seashore, which was named one of many world’s high 50 bars in 2018.

GaGa began life as GaGa hen, a pop up avenue meals providing at Ronnie’s Bar and Bike Store which opened in Galvanisers Yard at SWG3 in the summertime of 2020 as a response to the covid restrictions on the time.

Julie was additionally operating a pop-up of the Kopitiam on the Acid Bar on the venue, so a everlasting transfer west can have come as a welcome announcement to those who love the unique restaurant within the southside.

Situated on what was the location of Six Levels North, which shut in Might, GaGa guarantees modern cocktails created by Fraser and an thrilling South East Asian impressed menu created by Julie, which attracts on her in-depth data of Asian cooking from her Malaysian mom.

We ebook for a chilly and moist Friday in mid December and, regardless of the continued discuss of additional covid restrictions, discover the place busy sufficient to really feel nearly regular (however with respectable social distancing for these involved).

Image: John Devlin

A a lot greater and spacious venue than the cosy Kopitiam, GaGa has a bar and seating space on one aspect and sales space seating on the opposite, with flooring to ceiling doorways and home windows on the entrance that I think will get totally opened in the summertime months.

The menu contains small and bigger sharing plates, in addition to sides and desserts together with an intensive number of cocktails which might be organized into flavours comparable to juicy, fizzy, straight up swally and low.

To toast the night we selected a banana sesame bitter and ole original – a twist on the traditional that options Cuban rum and Spanish brandy as a substitute of whisky. It was easy with sufficient spice and sweetness to replicate the season.

The banana sesame bitter is one other replace on a traditional with, as you’d think about, banana and sesame oil that offers an intriguing style of summer time within the useless of winter.

On to the meals, which arrives because it’s prepared. We began with prawn toast with Kewpie mayo (£9) – a mini fried sandwich crammed with Japanese mayonnaise and prawn, topped with chilli oil.

Regardless of wanting saturated with oil, the bread is crispy and balances properly with the creamy filling. The chilli oil is dotted with peanuts that give texture and chunk comes from a scattering of spring onions.

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Prawn toast

Subsequent up was a bigger dish of pork stomach with basil and peppercorns (£12).

Often I’m a bit cautious of pork stomach as I have a tendency to seek out it a bit fatty however I discovered this dish to have extra meat than fats.

The colourful turmeric hued curry sauce was wealthy with candy coconut with a freshness from the basil. The trace of spice is paying homage to a Sri Lankan massaman curry moderately than that of a Saturday night time deal with from the chippy. A aspect of steamed Jasmine rice (£2) helped absorb the moreish sauce.

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Pork stomach and chaat and chilli chips

For people who miss GaGa hen, then the crispy chicken sandwich, which is served with sambal and cucumbers (£10) is not going to disappoint.

The hen is encased in a really crispy batter that sits inside a gentle brioche bun. There’s an actual chilli kick from the sambal however the slices of cucumber add crunch and coolness.

We take pleasure in this alongside a aspect of chaat and chilli crinkle minimize fries (£2.50). These look a bit like those you used to have the ability to cook dinner within the microwave however are crisp, fluffy and flecked with spices.

The ultimate most important was chop suey aubergine (£11.50). Giant chunks of aubergine, pepper, slivers of cucumber and tufts of kale float in a sauce of salty soy which is speckled with chilli.

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chop suey aubergine

This appears like a meal that’d thrust back all ills and, as my dinner companion exclaimed, should you may bottle it, it’d be helpful for the following hangover.

Now appears pretty much as good a time as any to confess to being one thing of an addict on the subject of mango sticky rice, a candy dish I found years in the past whereas on vacation in Thailand.

I’ve by no means been capable of finding it in Glasgow, till now. As quickly as I noticed GaGa’s menu I clocked the dessert of sticky rice, mango and sesame (£7) and knew I needed to attempt it.It didn’t let me down.

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hen sandwich

A mound of rice pudding sort rice topped with candy mango chunks and sauce is certain along with creamy coconut milk whereas the sesame brings texture and nutty depth.

It’s nice to see a brand new restaurant rise like a phoenix from what has been a tough time of restrictions and closures, and GaGa gives tasty comforting meals with a superb vary of drinks, making it an excellent spot to drop in for an off-the-cuff dinner or lunch.

Whereas it stays to be seen in the event that they’ll need to undertake GaGa to go go, I’m positive it will stay a part of the material of one among Glasgow’s most various areas.

Value for 2: £92 together with drinks

566 Dumbarton Rd, Partick, Glasgow G11 6RH

0141 334 9407

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