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Food review: Ka Pao, Acid Bar, SWG3, Glasgow

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

Ka Pao extends stay at Acid Bar, SWG3

Ka Pao is back for its second residency at Acid Bar, SWG3’s newly unveiled bar and restaurant space and we visited for lunch at the weekend.

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

Head Chef Sandy Browning has put together a menu influenced by the flavours of Southeast Asia with dishes such as messy prawns with tamarind and palm sugar, and salt n pepper oyster mushrooms with pickled mooli.

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

Food Menu

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

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Drinks Menu

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

 

Drinks

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

We ordered the two recommended cocktails:

Karma before the storm (£8). Not quite a dark n stormy, this was a sweet spiced rum, topped with pickled ginger shavings! Don’t know which rum was used but it was very refreshing.

White aromatic negroni (£8). Gin, kaffir lime, lemongrass & vermouth. Not as full on a regular negroni and lightly citric so more…cleansing. Use your imagination and this cocktail might even be good for you!

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

 

Food

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston Yorkhill

First, a little appetiser – crispy chicken skins, sriracha (£2.50) just like pork crackling sitting in a spicy sriracha dip. Crunchy and very moreish!

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill
Messy prawns, tamarind, palm sugar
(£8.50 )
Absolutely massive, plump prawns with sweet sticky tamarind. Fragrant taste, not overly spicy but rather warming and very tasty!

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill
Monkfish, coconut, cashew, green chilli & water chestnuts (N) (£8.50). Plate looked great – earthy and Autumnal. This was the creamiest dish with delicious fish, herby dill, and some crunch provided by the water chestnuts and cashews.

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

5p salad (N) (£8.00)
Not a reflection on how much it costs to assemble, how much it’s worth or how many pieces you get per bowl! The 5p instead relates to the 5 main ingredients, each beginning with the letter p, and these are: Pork, prawn, papaya, pomelo and peanut.
It had quite an acidic taste, from the pomelo and something else, reminiscent of ceviche, it also had flavours of fresh lemongrass and coriander.

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

Fried chicken, green chilli dip (£5.50)

Expertly fried crunchy chicken with a mild green chilli dip and thin mooli strips, which has quite a light neutral taste, like a cross between a cucumber and a radish.

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

Sea trout, coconut, finger root (£8.50) the other main ingredient was aubergine, while not being something I would normally associate with fish dishes it went together nicely. There was also lots of fresh dill and you may notice a few slices of chilli too – it sneaks up on you!

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

Mango and shaved ice (V) (£4). Another slight tweak here as the menu listed chilli and lime ice but it tasted of coriander. You know the way that strawberry and basil works? Well, that fruit-herb combo was in action here. Tropical and refreshing!

SWG3 Glasgow acid bar Ka Pao pop up Finnieston YorkHill

Verdict

👍

We were highly impressed, in fact this was the best meal we’ve had in the last few months (and we eat out a lot!), surpassing a recent visit to a Michelin-starred restaurant! We love Thai and Malay cuisine and here the food not only looked great but importantly it tasted great too, the ingredients were fresh and the flavours aromatic and authentic. Service was great with dishes coming out when ready (with the exception of dessert of course).

Toilets – plenty of individual cubicles with sinks but the hand dryer for most of the them is outside. There’s free WiFi and the music was music to our ears: Zero 7, Nile Rogers, Fleetwood Mac and the like. Total cost of this meal  = £64.

TL:DR
+ Excellent food
+ Best meal we’ve had in months!
+ Cool location
+ Good tunes!

– Hand dryer for most of the toilets is outside the actual cubicle
– Only open Friday to Sunday

 

Where

SWG3 Studio Warehouse

When

Friday: 6-9pm
Saturday: 12-3pm, 6-9pm
Sunday: 12-7pm

Book

To book please visit kapaogla.com

 

Disclaimer: we received a complimentary meal for review but Fred says we didn’t receive preferential treatment because staff tried to charge us to the end!

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  • Glasgow Foodie

    Mrs Foodie aka Emma loves to snuggle with Fred and Cleo, sleep and read. Can be found with gin or a pint in hand.

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