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7 of the best places to enjoy Asian food in Glasgow

Chinese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese, we take a look at some of the best places to try Asian food in and around Glasgow.

Published: April 22, 2016
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Glasgow is home to restaurants offering a taste of the world. From Italian, Spanish, Mexican or just traditional Scottish.

There's no shortage of options to try something new.

We take a look at seven of the best places to try Asian food from around the city.

Hanoi Bike Shop

(8 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow G12 9BG,  www.hanoibikeshop.co.uk)

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Located just off Byres Road in Glasgow’s trendy West End, Hanoi Bike Shop holds the title of Glasgow’s only Vietnamese restaurant. The eatery makes up for it’s small size with a large amount of character. Each dish is locally sourced and made from scratch to give Scots a taste of Asia at a reasonable price.

Keeping in tune with the communal nature of Vietnamese food, dishes are perfect for sharing meaning you can try even more of extensive menu.

Ka Ka Lok

(175 St George's Rd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6JD)

Spicy sea bass. Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Spicy sea bass. Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Ok, so it's well known that Glaswegians love a Chinese and, alongside Indian food, it's been one of the city's favourite cuisines for generations and there are hundreds of take-aways and restaurants to reflect the fact.

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One that stands out above the crowd is Ka Ka Lok, which it seems has taken the crown from 'Asia Style' as the place to go for Chinese food. Don't be fooled by the unassuming decor or its seemingly secluded location, the food is delightful and will have you coming back again and again.

The extensive menu runs through a lot of pan-Asian cuisine as well as traditional Chinese menu items but there's plenty of more unusual regional dishes to try and this is where the place really stands out. You'll find something different to enjoy on every trip.

Kimchi Cult

(14 Chancellor St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G11 5RQ, www.kimchicult.com)

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London import Kimchi Cult is Scotland’s first Korean style fast food sit in and take away, situated in the city's cosmopolitan West End.

Famed for their eponymous Kimchi, which they use on pretty much all of their menu items. This delicious spicy, fermented cabbage is made using an time-honoured regional recipe and offers a burst of flavour wherever it is employed.

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We loved the burgers, fried chicken and the Bibimap (Korean short grain purple rice topped with veg, kimchi and topped with your choice of meat or tofu) but the real stars of the show were the Bao - little clouds of heaven bursting with Bulgogi ox cheek, prok belly or tofu. This is one cult we'll happily join.

Sapporo

(2-6 Ingram St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1HA, www.sapporo.co.uk)

Picture: Sapporo

Picture: Sapporo

Offering perhaps one  of the most unique experiences on this list, Sapporo really is worth sampling for the cooking style alone.

With all the usual range of Japanese cuisine on offer - sushi, gyoza, tempura - where Sapporo really shines is the addition of a dedicated Teppanyaki chef, who theatrically cooks the food on a teppan (iron griddle) right in front of you.

Be prepared to enjoy the show before tucking into delicious salmon, steak, scallops or chicken, all cooked to perfection before your very eyes.

Nanakusa

(441-445 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (0141-332 6303, www.nanakusa.co.uk)

Picture: Yelp

Picture: Yelp

Nanakusa offers an extra detailed glance into authentic Japanese food with an endless list of potential sushi and eight different varieties of noodle soup available.

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Its decor is minimalist and reminiscent of a Tokyo eating hotspot, giving the full Japanese experience with added home comforts. For those trying the cuisine for the first time, there’s more than enough choice to ease you in.

Bar Soba

(116-122 Byres Rd/ 11 Mitchell Lane/ 79 Albion St, www.barsoba.co.uk)

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If you’re enjoying a day out in Glasgow, chances are you’re not far from a Bar Soba. The Pan Asian restaurant serves up sizable portions of tasty street food hailing from the likes of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea.

Its relaxed atmosphere makes for a chilled out dining experience, a far cry from the busy city streets. The freshly made cocktails on offer are an added treat for palate.

Chaophraya

(The Townhouse, Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow G1 2LL, chaophraya.co.uk)

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Opened in 2012, Chaophraya is Europe’s largest Thai restaurant and a sight to behold. The restaurant is set in The Townhouse on Buchanan Street with space for 400 covers, over four floors, including dining rooms and a whisky vault.

The menu offers an extensive list of Thai delicacies, some spicier than others, but all definitely worth a try.

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