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January 3, 2022

It has been tough couple of years for the hospitality industry but it is an incredibly resilient sector. Things may be challenging right now but that doesn't stop operators from launching new ventures.

One in particular caught our eye when it launched in Partick in mid-December.

Gaga Kitchen and Bar is a joint project from the team at Thornwood Bar and Julie Lin Macleod of Julie's Kopitiam on Pollokshaws Road.

After an extensive refurb, it opened in the former Six Degrees North premises on Dumbarton Road.

New bar and kitchen in Partick

Julie's Malaysian heritage shines through on a menu that includes mamak fried chicken wings, breakfast nasi goreng and kopigato - coffee made with ice cream and condensed milk.

We've got a hankering for the watermelon noodle salad with peanuts and crispy shallots but, given the dreich weather, we could also be persuaded by the thought of a warming bowl of Taiwanese beef stew with mooli and crispy garlic.

The picture, taken from Gaga's Insta page, shows their take on Penang Hokkien Mee, a pork and beef broth with noodles, ground pork and a fragrant chilli paste.

The bar side of the equation looks just as appetising. As well as a concise but interesting wine list, there is a fun selection of canned and bottled beers.

Cute cocktail list

As you might imagine, the cocktail list has had a lot of thought put into it. You could keep things classic with a Negroni or get funky with a Malaysian Highball - a calamansi and salted plum highball with aquavit.

If your palate is a little jaded after the festive season, you could prod it back into life with a Tipp Topp cocktail. Mixing mezcal, lime, passion fruit, mint, agave, habanero extract and salt and pepper, it sounds like a liquid wake-up call for the taste buds.

Alternatively, if the thought of anything alcoholic sounds like a bad idea in the cold light of a post-Hogmanay morning then Gaga has some tasty softies and no booze cocktails.

Gaga looks fantastic and we wish them every success.

But before we sign off on this blog, we will point you towards this Big Deal on a BRUU Tea Selection subscription.

You don't have to be attempting Dry January to enjoy some gourmet teas - a tasty way to brighten up a cold January.