Quirky little eatery serving excellent authentic home-style Chinese food with flair.
Part hipster takeaway, part bijou neighbourhood dining spot, Little Canteen is a welcome addition to the Chinese eating scene in Glasgow. Of course, the standard takeaway menu is available but there are far better options to be found on the traditional Chinese menu. Stir-fries, braised dishes, street food and grilled options are all on offer and a bilingual chalk board details daily specials, such as steamed scallop with clear noodle, or hot and spicy chilli pot. The emphasis is on home-style cooking as found across China, and the restaurant’s popularity with Glasgow’s Chinese community and visiting students hungry for a taste of home is testament to its authenticity. Silky aubergine is bathed in yuhong sauce, a myriad of sweet, salty and spicy notes with pops of pungency from preserved beans. Fine beans are fried with tender squid or pork mince and served over rice, and chilli heat can be turned up or down according to diners’ preference. As the name suggests, there are only a few tables, so you may have to wait during busy times.
- High point: Skilfully prepared, authentic, quality cuisine
- Low point: No Chinese tea
- Notable dish: Stir-fried fine beans with preserved vegetables and pork mince
- Delivery: from £1.80
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 14
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2016
- BYOB: none corkage