- Telephone 0141 353 0678
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £15 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
A city centre diner offering authentic tastes of Malaysian fusion cooking at reasonable prices.
Rumours Kopitiam is a well-appointed Malaysian restaurant bang in the city centre. Sitting above a busy street corner, the unassuming glass fronted restaurant is popular with an even mix of locals and expat Malaysians. For much of the day the aesthetic is more low-key café than restaurant but as the evening approaches candles and table dressings indicate a change of tone and make the picture a little clearer. Dishes on offer reflect the wide parameters of Malaysian cuisine along with a few nods to neighbouring countries (a rich pad Thai is one of their most popular dishes). A quick chat with staff reveals the rewards on offer for adventurous diners. Their agile chefs welcome off-piste choices, for example a steamed sea bass cooked with a judicious marinade of Malay flavours – soy sauce, ginger and spring onion – makes for a great introduction to the country’s palate. Curries and other slow-cooked hotpot dishes are an area of particular achievement, deep savoury notes lift the fragrant sauces to create comfort dishes that feel authentically Malaysian.
- High point: Slow-cooked Malaysian dishes
- Low point: Canteen-like aesthetic
- Notable dish: Chicken curry
- Delivery: Delivery free for orders over £15
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: radio
- Live entertainment: none
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £14.90 per bottle