Shilla

Shilla
1138 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD
  • Telephone 0141 334 5566
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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Authentic Korean street-style food packed with flavour, in a Finnieston diner packed with people and character.

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With fermenting taking the culinary world by storm, Korean cuisine – with spicy kimchi (fermented vegetables, usually cabbage) at its heart – may well be rocking into popularity. But word is already out among many of the city’s Asian diners, and there are sometimes queues for a table at this tightly packed eatery in the heart of hip Finnieston. Many come for much-loved ddouk bok yi starters, translated as ‘fishcake’ but better described as a seafood gnocchi soup. Sae woo gu yi, or whole king prawns (served in shells), are challenging but a supply of napkins and a couple of bottles of Hite Korean beer make them more manageable. The hotpots are very popular, made with tofu, seafood or meat, but elsewhere on the menu a main dish of ccan pung ki (deep-fried chicken pieces with hot red chillies) is fiery and filling. It is also good to see Scottish fish among the grilled options – go deung ouh gu yi is a half mackerel simply fried in sea salt and served with sliced Korean radish and soy sauce, which goes very well with the side of kimchi. An interesting finish is a sweet, red aduki bean ice-cream.

  • High point: Red bean ice-cream
  • Low point: Service a little random at busy times
  • Notable dish: Red bean ice-cream
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £11.50 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5, £15 spirits, £2 beer corkage

Reviews & features

Naked ambition - Naked takeaway

10 Sep 2009

Too often in Scotland home-delivered food is a substandard equivalent to anything you can cook yourself. A lukewarm pizza, luminous curry or MSG-packed sweet and sour chicken are the traditional, and often only, options. Convenient? From the depths of…

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