City centre Malaysian diner with mammoth portions and an excellent vegetarian menu.
An honestly simple, no-frills interior can do more for a good-mood atmosphere than the touch of the most creative decorator, as Rumours Kopitiam shows. As the name ‘kopitiam’ designates, it purports to be nothing more than a café – but one that boasts one of the most copious offerings of Malaysian food in Glasgow. With a formidable 100-plus item list menu to comb through, newcomers may freeze at the thought of actually placing an order – but the rewards are great for those who persevere. The roti chanai coupled with a spicy sauce to pep it up coaxes the appetite, as well as the slightly sweet satay chicken on skewers. The mains cover a copious range of soups, stir-fried dishes, omelettes, and curries. A standout dish, the stir-fried king prawn doused in piquant shrimp paste, has an addictive savouriness. For more subdued flavours, there’s the dry stir-fried seafood, also known as the famed char kway teow. The portions are universally gargantuan, and adding to that an altogether separate vegetarian menu, Rumours is a godsend for ravenous non-meat-eaters and omnivores alike.
- Delivery: Deliveroo
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Mix of Chinese, Malaysian and UK pop music.
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3 (red, white, prosecco)
- House wine: £17 per bottle
- BYOB: £10 corkage