[Image by Harajuku Kitchen via Facebook]
Restaurants and takeaways
The Tollcross restaurant scene includes some real gems.
Newly opened in August 2021, Radge Chaat is a new street food venture by chef Tony Singh. A familiar face on UK television, Tony offers Scots a taste of Indian street food by introducing them to ‘chaat’ - a savoury snack which originated in India and is often served from roadside stalls or food carts. Serving from one of three colourful shipping containers at 5 West Tollcross, Radge Chaat is open every Thursday-Saturday from 12-10pm.
Tuk Tuk serves Indian street food, tapas style, and is a great venue for celebration or a pre-theatre meal. In contrast, the Bombay Bicycle Club is a more traditional Indian and Tandoori resturant that's very popular with the locals.
If Japanese cuisine is right up your street, Harajuku Kitchen demands a visit. They serve a range of dishes based on traditional family recipes and their stylish interiors make it the perfect place to visit for an authentic taste of Japan.
If you're looking for cheap, delicious food on the go, Taquito make delicious burritos to order, and a range of other Mexican favourites.
A family-run restaurant set in an authentic 19th warehouse when it was a props and costume store, Timberyard’s menu focuses on exquisite dishes using fresh, local produce from artisan suppliers & Scotland’s natural larder. Slouchy seats, a woodburning stove and chunky wooden tables all add to this restaurants warm and welcoming atmosphere.
When you're exploring Tollcross during the day, make sure you take the chance to enjoy the great local cafes. Don't Tell Mama Coffee Bar make great coffee, of course, along with hot chocoaltes, teas and tasty home baking.
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Machina Espresso are specialist coffee suppliers online, and now have a charming wee cafe at the corner of the Meadows, where you can try their signature blends and browser their retail offering.
If it's brunch you're after, the Treehouse Cafe serves amazing pancakes with all sorts of scrumptious toppings. Comb Cafe is also worth a visit, with their selection of Mediterranean breakfasts to enjoy.
Pubs and bars
Brauhaus might be the ultimate beer-lovers paradise, with a huge range of craft and imported beers to choose from. The cosy, rustic interior creates a lovely atmosphere, and their range of natural wines, whisky and other spirits can cater to wider tastes as well.
The Ventoux (named for one of the stages of the Tour de France) is a friendly local, which makes up for its limited selection of beers with great tunes and lovely, relaxedatmosphere.
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There's not a lot of beer gardens in this part of town, which makes The Blackbird a key destination for an alfresco drink. They serve great cocktails and tasty meals.