Julie's Kopitiam

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Julie's Kopitiam
1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3YG
  • Telephone 07835 108102
  • Food served Tue-Sun 5-10pm. Closed Mon. (Weekend lunch and brunch plans from Feb 2018)
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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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One of the original stalwarts of Glasgow's street food scene, Julie Lin Macleod has a permanent Southside home for her brand of Malaysian comfort food. Hawker stall staples dominate the concise menu at Julie’s Kopitiam – nasi goreng topped with Chinese sausage and smoky char kuay teow flat noodles scattered with salty nuggets of belachan (dried shrimp). Irresistible small plates, from pleasingly slippery pork and chive dumplings swimming in sweet black vinegar to bite-size sweetcorn fritters to be dunked into jammy tamarind sauce, mean your table will soon be heaving under the weight of impulse orders. Dishes arrive with admirable swiftness from the compact open kitchen and, even if you fear you've over-ordered, you'll somehow still find room for warm, slightly savoury coconut rice pudding with a moat of ginger and mango syrup. As per a traditional neighbourhood kopitiam, Julie's is booze-free but the steaming teapots of lemongrass and ginger plus slushy machines ready to churn out lapsang souchong-laced ices in the warmer months make this no hardship. With just 20 covers and a dedicated city-wide following, scoring a table at Julie's already takes patience, but you'll reap the rewards.

The List's rating
9

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Ruth Marsh visited Julie's Kopitiam on 18 January 2018
  • High point: Ordering extra bowls of pork dumplings
  • Low point: Be prepared to wait in nearby Wetherspoons for a table
  • Notable dish: 12-hour cooked lamb rendang
  • Average price: £13 (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
  • Capacity: 20
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: Dec 2017

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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

Hawker stall staples dominate the concise menu at Julie's Kopitiam – nasi goreng topped with Chinese sausage and smoky char kuay teow flat noodles scattered with salty nuggets of belachan (dried shrimp). Irresistible small plates, from pleasingly…