SWG3 announce Scotland's 'first restaurant residency' featuring Tantrum doughnuts and Gnom collaboration

A leading Glasgow arts and events space has announced that southeast Asian cuisine specialists Ka Pao, a collaboration featuring Tantrum doughnuts and Gnom, will take up residency at the Acid Bar, the venue’s brand new bar and restaurant. 

Published 1st Jun 2018
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

SWG3, which is based in the Finnieston area of the city, say the pop-up oufit will host for an initial 4-week period in The Acid Bar, which was unveiled last month, and will offer food lovers the opportunity to enjoy South East Asian-inspired cuisine.

Inspired by Ka Pao Head Chef Sandy Browning's travels around Southeast Asia, many of the dishes on offer will reflect some very traditional cookery techniques from the region, while others will fuse more modern methods and influences.

The specially created sharing menu will include dishes such as ‘Coley cakes and Thai basil’, ‘White crab and kalamansi lettuce wrapper’ and ‘Lamb neck, green peppercorn and lemongrass’.

Ka Pao was formed in collaboration with Sandy, Chompsky founder Felicity Day and Iain Baillie from Tantrum Doughnuts, with the trio first meeting while working in the kitchen at top Glasgow restaurant Ox and Finch.

Ka Pao have previously held pop-up events at Café Strange Brew, Yardworks Festival and SWG3’s outdoor gigs in the Galvanizers Yard.

Head Chef Sandy, who recently returned from working at the Michelin-starred Nahm in Bangkok, said: “SWG3 is a real incubator for creativity in Glasgow, so we are very excited to be joining the community down here and to call the venue home for the next few weeks.”

The first evening residency will take place on Thursday 14th June and will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 7th July.

Tickets will cost £30 and include a set menu dinner, served sharing style, and an arrival cocktail.

Bookings are being taken now via swg3.tv/acid-bar/ka-pao-acid-bar.

Ka Pao
The Acid Bar. Picture: SWG3


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Mutley, SWG3 founder & director, said: “Residencies are a popular concept in London, but haven’t really been developed here in Glasgow.

"People are always looking for new dining experiences and Scotland's street food scene has never been stronger, so hopefully this is something new and exciting for foodies to get their teeth into.”

Similar to SWG3’s rotating exhibition programme, the Acid Bar will welcome different guest restaurants and street food vendors throughout the year. The programme, which will run indefinitely, is designed to showcase the very best of Scotland’s food scene.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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