Review of Bó Kantina, Glasgow

As many of you will know, the Glasgow branch of Burger Meats Bun has closed and is moving to a new, larger premises in the coming months and will be popping-up around the city before the new venue opens. The venue is still being run by Ben and James and they have reinvented the space as an original Korean-inspired foodie haunt called Bó Kantina which opened today and I went in for a try!

 

Bó Kantina is a hub for east-meets-west cooking, where bright and tasty dishes will be created through a fusion of sweet, spicy and pickled influences and traditional Western slow-cooking, finished off with a Mexican twist.

James Forrest, Director and Head Chef at Bó Kantina, added: “Bó Kantina is born from our love of Korean cooking and we’re looking forward to bringing this new taste to Glasgow, a vibrant city full of culture, which is always keen to explore new flavours and dining experiences.”

Starters

 

 Indonesian Beef Chilli, Bóffalo Sauce Tacos

I absolutely love tacos, but theirs were just nice, not amazing. The Indonesian Beef was very mild, whereas with Mexican tacos I expect that rich, spicy sauce. I was massively impressed by the mirrored zig-zag plate they were served on!

 

 Bulgoli Pork Shoulder, Kimchi Purée Tostadas

I tried tostadas for the first time in Topolabamba last week and loved the crispiness of the tacos, so I was excited to taste Bo Kantina’s. The Bulgoli pork was absolutely delicious as I expected – lots of flavour anf a nice hit of spice. The pickled radishes and cucumber gave a lovely crunch.

  

 Crisp Pork Belly, Hoisin, Pickles, Sriracha Baos

 

 Crispy King Prawns, Gochujang, Mayo & Coriander Baos

Baos are like eating little sweet clouds filled with meaty goodness! They were absolutely delicious, but I think an extra prawn in the latter bao would have been better, as my bao to prawn ratio was a tiny bit off at the end! The panko breadcrumbed prawns were just delicious – the combination of textures as well as the sweeness and spice.

 

 Seoul Wings

 They taste as good as they always have! Sweet, spicy and the meat is so tender.

 Crisp Hake, Kimchi Pepperonata, Sweet Potato and Anise

I ordered the hake with a side of roasted broccoli and I can honestly say it blew me away. It was the most delicious combination, and probably my favourite serving of Hake ever. To me Hake is the king of fish as it’s so meaty, so its accompaniments must hold their weight. The pepperonata was absolutely delicious and offered a huge depth of flavour but had a really soft, relaxed texture. I expected the sweet potato to be chunked, but it was actually really nice as a puree.

 Roast broccoli with Garlic, Ginger & Soy

These were absolutely delicious, both on their own as well as (especially) with the Hake.

 Bowl of Brown Rice with Pickled Red Cabbage & Indonesian Beef with Pickled ShiItake & Yuzu Crème Fraîche

I had a taste of my friends’ rice bowls and whilst I did like them, they’re not my type of dish. In particular, I realised that the Indonesian Beef just isn’t for me. It’s not bland, but it just doesn’t excite me and I think I’d be bored of eating a whole plate of it.

 

 Bowl of Brown Rice with Pickled Red Cabbage & Bulgogi Pork with Pico De Gallo & Sriracha 

This was definitely more my kind of dish – the pulled pork was flavoured with Gochujang, garlic, soy & sesame and was topped with spicy sriracha and pico de gallo. It was far more exciting and had lots of different flavours, and my plan is to order this in a burrito when I go back. Rice bowls aren’t my thing, but I definitely enjoyed this.

Ben and James continue to mix their instinctive dedication to quality with a casual approach to food to create something unique using only the finest ingredients sourced from local artisan suppliers and producers. I was generally impressed, and I’m absolutely in love with the Hake fish in particular. I’ll definitely be back. It pained me to see burritos on the menu and not order one, so I must rectify that!

PS. If Bó Kantina could ditch the napkins and go back to kitchen roll, I’d totally appreciate it!

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Bó Kantina
48A West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 2RA

http://www.bokantina.co.uk

@BoKantina

0141 353 6712

Opening Times

Sunday to Wednesday – 12:00 22:00

Thursday to Saturday – 12:00 – 00:00
(Apparently the midnight curfew is subject to how good your patter is….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!)

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