In Glasgow’s most ethnically diverse area, Nanika offers exciting and original South-east Asian dishes at affordable prices.
‘Flavour is the only goal’ is the mission statement of the team behind this tiny space on Victoria Road – and, boy, are they excelling in their pursuits. The food here is remarkable – expertly created, fresh little plates which are packed full of flavour. The restaurant only holds 14 at a time, so expect to make new friends as diners are politely requested to scooch over to make space – this eclectic informality makes this experience all the more enjoyable. Fluffy, cloud-like buns, which are stuffed with daily specials including breaded chicken or sharp tangy prawns, are a must order. The salmon and sweet potato bowl is vibrant and hearty, with a pleasing bite from citrus ponzu dressing. Spicy prawn fries – heavily flavoured with floss and sriracha come laden with scallions and are devilishly delicious, but can be eaten without guilt when enjoyed beside delicate kimchi noodles that are full of umami – or the green papaya salad, an expert balance of sweet and savoury with herbs, peanuts and fish sauce dressing. Nanika should be marked ‘urgent’ on the to-do list for all Asian food fans – whether living in Glasgow or not.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indie-rock
- Live entertainment: no
- Capacity: 14 indoors, additional 5 outdoors in summer
- Largest group: No bookings
- Open since: 2018
- BYOB: £2.50 per person corkage
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