Julie's Kopitiam

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Julie's Kopitiam
1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3YG
  • Telephone 0141 237 9560
  • Food served Mon–Wed 5–10pm, Thu–Sun noon–10pm
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Julie's Kopitiam

Bustling 20-seater diner doing casual Malaysian food, kitted out in warm, earthenware tones.

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This unique eatery has an instant warm, welcoming vibe thanks to the charming team and delightful smells that drift from the tiny kitchen. It’s a hive of activity, where the immensely talented chef-owner Julie Macleod creates inspiring Malaysian delights that have led this wee place to become a giant on the Glasgow food scene. While the menu is small, like the kitchen, each dish is an expertly designed triumph. Food is presented beautifully on earthenware dishes and is bursting with vibrant flavours and colours. The menu offers a mix of small and large plates, allowing a welcome opportunity to order numerous different options, such as glass noodle salad – fresh and lively with juicy mango and crisp beansprouts; the palm sugar vinaigrette a delightfully sharp contrast to the rich curries. Or chickpea roti, which comes fluffy and light but deep in flavour. The daily special curry, nyonya – intensely flavoured with fragrant lemongrass and coconut – is exceptional; the nasi goreng – an ample bowl of fried rice with succulent, turmeric seasoned prawns hidden throughout is a carnival of flavour. Join the inevitable queue outside, Julie’s cooking is absolutely worth the wait.

The List's rating
10

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Rowan Anderson visited Julie's Kopitiam on 13 March 2019
  • High point: Exceptional Malaysian-inspired food
  • Low point: Popularity means a wait is inevitable
  • Notable dish: Nyonya curry
  • Average price: £14 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Motown, Soul
  • Capacity: 20
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: Dec 2017

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4 Jun 2019

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17 Apr 2018

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Malaysian comfort food to savour at Julie's Kopitiam

15 Mar 2018

One of the original stalwarts of Glasgow's street food scene, Julie Lin Macleod has a permanent Southside home

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