Truly, we live in an age of wonders.
From cronuts to half metre burger boards and spicy haggis with a fennel and mango chutney salad, mankind’s capacity for creating weird and wonderful foods knows no bounds.
Should you need any further proof, take a stroll along Hope Street to the just opened Temaki, a new joint which sells sushi burritos.
Japanese Mexican mash-up
When feeling peckish, the 5pm Dining blog had never considered that a culinary Mexican/Japanese mash-up would stop the belly rumbling.
Having read Temaki’s sales pitch, we’re less confident:
‘Sushi burritos are our thing. Hell, it’s ONE serious food crush we have and believe us when we say that you won’t taste anything like these elsewhere, anywhere. It’s all your taste buds ever wanted and the best part – your waistline doesn’t have to suffer.’
Leaving aside the king prawn tempura burritos, Temaki also serves more familiar options such as chicken teriyaki, sashimi and katsu curry.
Not so far away, on Gordon Lane, just off Gordon Street, to be precise, another entrepreneur is hoping to crack Glasgow’s restaurant market with their take on Asian flavours.
Ramen Dayo – the name means ‘it’s ramen’ – is the brain child of Paul, a born-and-bred Glaswegian, who relocated to Tokyo in 2002 and stayed there for eleven years.
Once he returned, Paul – no second names, no pack drill – felt frustrated with Glasgow’s existing noodle restaurants so he decided to create his own.
Ramen Dayo is the result of a two year research and development period in his home kitchen.
Apparently, each bowl of Paul’s ramen takes 50 hours to prepare and we’re assuming that’s because he takes a lot of time and care over the bone broth which is always at the heart of a good noodle dish.
Ramen Dayo has been open less than a week and is already attracting rave reviews on its Facebook page.
We wish both new ventures every success.