A modern take on the shopping centre food court, with rotating outlets offering street food style dishes
It’s a bit of a balancing act that Taste Buchanan is attempting on the top floor of Buchanan Galleries, above the shops and stores and shiny tiled malls. How many good food boxes can it tick, while still being mainstream enough for a shopping centre’s palate? The stated goal is for the collection of traders to rotate every three months. Logos hang on temporary wooden signs, reminding customers that this is a changeable feast, if not a moveable one. The half-dozen or so operators each have hatches that are part food truck, part dining hall. Key to the offer is that the operators represent wee local businesses that are small and focussed in the food they offer, but still globally inspired. The bao (steamed buns) being served by Chompksy’s are fantastic: bang-on crispy fried chicken or sweet, moist Korean BBQ pork garnished with the brilliant colours and textures of Asian vegetables. Union Waffles do chicken and waffles (though not quite with the gusto of a US diner), then the appeal is broadened by Nomad’s sourdough pizzas, and Surf Dogs’ loaded, belly-filling hotdogs. Then there's BRGR, whose gourmet burger concession is right beside a multinational burger chain rival. The latter’s seating area takes up almost as much as the entirety of Taste Buchanan’s communal zone, and it casts a long shadow – typically still commanding the biggest queue on the floor. But over the course of a meal, you do notice a fair few punters that inspect, swither and then choose street food over fast food. There's something in it.
- High point: Potentially a great thing for good, diverse food in the City Centre
- Low point: Still feels like a bold punt
- Notable dish: Chompsky's bao
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 160
- Open since: 2016
Reviews & features
Courting comment: Taste Buchanan brings street food in from the cold15 Nov 2016
Is the food court of Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries shopping mall the new frontier for the city's better street food?
'Street Food' is a loaded phrase these days. It's buzzy, happening, more exciting, less expensive food that's sometimes even served on the streets, and not just in edgy (and wannabe-edgy) restaurants. It's on the move, in the grove, and a million miles…