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Glasgow report: breakfasts, dim sum, French, Malaysian

Kake | Jun 6, 201509:15 AM

Thanks again to everyone who replied to my question about food in Glasgow ( Here is my report.

Martha's, 142A St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5LQ
Casual cafe style but a nice space with plenty of light. Well-designed vegetarian breakfast roll with contrast of flavours and textures, and the tattie scone made it substantial enough to last me until lunch. Lovely roll too.

Cafe Wander, 110 West George St, Glasgow G2 1Q
In a basement with very little natural light and a very noisy fridge. Great porridge, not gluey or stodgy, served with a jug of milk if you want to customise it. Berries just the right amount to brighten up the flavour without overwhelming it. Full breakfast on a later visit was OK without being anything special - would have preferred more baked beans and/or tomato, as it was a bit meat-heavy, and the yolk of the poached egg was almost entirely solid.

Lauder's, 76 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3DE
Cheap pub fry-up available from 8am. Absolutely fine for what it is.

Chinatown Restaurant, 42-46 New City Road, Glasgow, G4 9JT
Competent if unexciting dim sum in a large room with a wall-length fishtank and a spectacularly chandeliered ceiling. We arrived at opening time (11:30) on a rainy Sunday and were one of only three parties at that point. It filled up more over the next hour, but never to the point of queues. Staff were friendly, greeting many of the other customers as regulars. Nothing was particularly outstanding, but I did like the resilient-but-not-too-thick wrappers on the ha gow, and the sweet, winey Chinese sausage in the lotus leaf rice. Turnip cake featured large chunks of daikon, a style I'm less keen on than those with a more subtle daikon presence, and there were only sparse additions of other fillings, but it was well fried.

New City Palace, 84 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3DE
Didn't eat here but noticed they have a Chinese-language menu which looks more interesting than the English one.

Le Bistro Beaumartin, 161 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UQ
Salmon rillettes competent but unexciting - served with good bread though, nice chewy crust with plenty of flavour. Rabbit in mustard cream sauce with sauteed potatoes (a daily special addition to the pre-theatre menu) was a touch too rich for my taste, but the rabbit was well-handled and not overly dry. Service was helpful and welcoming.

Banana Leaf, 67 Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G3 6QX
Plan B after Mr Sun's Hotpot, the Korean place a few doors along, turned out to be closed. Prices a little higher than I'd expected for Glasgow. I perhaps chose badly, but my hotpot seemed a little bland, though the balance of ingredients was well-judged. Rice was fine.

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