Review: Little Canteen
1164 Arygle Street, Finnieston G2 8BU
Asian street food in Finnieston? I knew I had to visit ASAP when I heard about this place (thanks Pammi G!).
I wasn't actually all that hungry so I tried to order light (and failed). They have two menus - one traditional Chinese menu and the street food menu. The street food menu doesn't have headings in English but you can work it out (mostly) - I ordered from the skewer/grill section and asked for 1 x chicken skewer (£1.50), 1 x aubergine (£2), 1 x scallop (£4). The lady serving was really helpful and pointed out that they were happy for me to just order one thing only if that's all I wanted. I was greedy. Oops.
She later popped back to say they didn't have the chicken so I decided not to order a substitute as I was already fretting about how I was going to fit this food in. The food did take a little while to arrive (I'm guessing more than 10 minutes) but it was all prepared fresh and I wasn't in a hurry so that's fine. The scallop arrived first and was just one scallop in a shell - nicely presented and absolutely delicious. I'm just not sure about the value for money for this dish! I loved the garlic hit to the dish and it was really tasty.
The aubergine (eggplant) arrived next and was again in the same kind of garlic marinade. I was really impressed as this was cooked perfectly and so many places do aubergine wrong. So kudos to them for that! I would say that without the marinade it was a little plain but that's maybe my fault for eating all the sauce off it.
My bill including a coke was around £7 which wasn't too bad for a light afternoon snack. I love the decor here - the posters on the wall look amazing and I think they've done a really good job of it. The street food menu really appeals to me - larger dishes like yuhong aubergine (I don't know what it is, but aubergine anything is a winner to me), braised beef flank, mini buns with pork and crab and Singapore rice noodle all sounds delicious so I know I'll be back soon. Plus they have specials written up on the blackboard above the counter. And there's the traditional Chinese menu with dishes like kung po, sweet and sour, satay etc.
Notes: this place is pretty small and not a tonne of seating (maybe 14-16 seats). I'm not sure if there's a customer toilet. They also do delivery through JustEat.