Fire in Babylon

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Fire in Babylon
213 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UW
  • Telephone 07981 753192
  • Opening times Tue–Thu noon–8pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Average price £5 (lunch: soup & sandwich/salad); £12 (evening meal)
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Fire in Babylon
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On the crest of the current Caribbean awakening in Glasgow is cultural collective Fire in Babylon, who’ve been popping up at various street-style happenings in recent years. With a mission to bring people together through music, food and culture (a perfect fit for this town), this is their first bricks and mortar from which to dish out that West Indian ethos. Head FiBer Keith Gibbs brings his Trinidadian heritage and smiley demeanor to the Roots Kitchen in this semi-basement set-up, serving up some Caribbean flavours to enjoy in the basic but warmly woody and orange-hued dining space or to take away from the dedicated bar-stool area doing speciality sandwiches and rotis. Starters of lightly battered sweet potato rounds, thick as hockey pucks, are decent yet dwarfed by stupendous saltfish fritters – mighty messy morsels of soft, moreish seafood and deliciously spiced crisp coating, dunked in chilli (not as hot as warned) or tamarind dips. Goat is a special rather than a fixture but consolation is had in a tasty jerk chicken, deeply marinated and served bone-in, or an enjoyable chicken curry, both graced by a pleasing rendition of rice ’n’ peas. It's BYOB only, and with late-night opening on Friday and Saturday, things could get rocking of an evening. Prices are good, staff are smiling, and things can be endearingly laid-back – patrons get up to stop the sticky CD of reggae on the stereo, food can be delayed (though various staff are quick to apologise) – but, then again, if you go to a roots kitchen in a hurry, you’ve only yourself to blame.

  • High point: One love - especially to those saltfish fritters
  • Low point: No licence (BYOB); closes when the night is young on weekdays
  • Average price: £5 (lunch: soup & sandwich/salad); £12 (dinner)
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  • Music on stereo: upbeat reggae / Caribbean
  • Capacity: 30