Andy Gem­mell’s Drinks Cabi­net

Nonya 10 Clare­mont Street Glas­gow

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What is it? For­merly The Scullery restau­rant, the Fin­nieston premises were taken over by head chef Gina Hop­kins, who has worked in some top Lon­don restau­rants; Andy Kelly, who helped make Stra­vai­gin one of Glas­gow’s top venues; and ex­pe­ri­enced Glas­gow op­er­a­tor, John Burns. Af­ter a full re­fur­bish­ment, this Asian-in­spired bar and restau­rant opened in April.

Ver­dict: It’s not of­ten that you find a place that puts an equal fo­cus into food and drinks. Here at Nonya, they have nailed both. Un­like some venues along the Fin­nieston strip, they have not just catered to the Hy­dro au­di­ence and of­fered food that is quick and easy. The food and drink here is for­ward­think­ing with­out be­ing pre­ten­tious. As with many suc­cess­ful venues, the key is to have pas­sion­ate, knowl­edge­able and friendly staff and they have that in abun­dance here. I hope they stick to their guns and the Glas­gow pun­ters get down here to dis­cover an­other ex­cel­lent in­de­pen­dent bar and restau­rant.

Drink: You can en­joy a drink at the bar in the restau­rant up­stairs but down­stairs houses a small but per­fectly formed bar area called Baba that is open most of the week. Some of Glas­gow’s best bar­tenders have been hired and for me, this is the place in the city to go to for cock­tails. There’s an ev­er­chang­ing list of drinks de­vel­oped by the bar­tenders, which gives guests a much more in­for­ma­tive and be­spoke ex­pe­ri­ence when or­der­ing a cock­tail.

Food: They serve small and medium plates heav­ily in­flu­enced by south­east Asian cui­sine. The food is de­li­cious and the chicken wings are the best I’ve had in Glas­gow.

Prices: With most dishes around the £6 to £8 mark, you won’t break the bank here. Drinks prices are all in line with the Fin­nieston area.

Al­fresco: Enough room out front for a few ta­bles and chairs dur­ing those rare sum­mer days.

Per­fect for: Meet­ing up for some shar­ing plates up­stairs be­fore head­ing down to Baba for a few cock­tails made by Glas­gow’s best.

Avoid if: You re­quire a mas­sive plate of food to your­self when­ever you dine out. Al­though, they’ll make you a big por­tion if you refuse to share.

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The food and drink is for­ward-think­ing with­out be­ing pre­ten­tious and the staff are friendly

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