Review: Taste Buchanan
Buchanan Galleries Food Court, Glasgow City Centre G1 2FF
I love Taste Buchanan - what a great idea to make the traditionally boring shopping centre food court somewhere you'd actually want to eat!
So if you don't know the deal with Taste Buchanan, it's essentially local street food traders selling their (delicious) food in the food court space of Buchanan Galleries (top floor). It reminds me a bit of Manchester's Arndale market, but on a smaller scale. There's about 6 food businesses as well as ice cream, a bar and a cake place. There's tonnes of seating and the decor is pretty cool with faux grass and picnic tables.
Now of course, it's new and it's not perfect. There's the white elephant in the space, and that's the Burger King which is right next door and stands out like a sore thumb. It would be a million times better if BK wasn't there but I guess needs must.
The space can also get really warm on a hot day - that doesn't happen too often in Glasgow though!
The idea is that the businesses will change from time to time, so if you go with the expectation of getting a bit of a lucky dip selection, then you'll love it. At the moment, there's Chompsky doing bao (steamed buns), Nomad doing pizza, Union Waffles doing waffles (sweet and savoury), Surf Dogs doing hot dogs as well as Equi's Ice Cream and Designer Cakes by Paige doing cupcakes. I've tried the food from Nomad, Chompsky and Equi's so far and it's all a really high standard, interesting options and delicious.
I'm really excited to see something interesting like this in the city centre - it's a great way of showing off the indie local traders we have, and a nice break from the chains. I can't wait to go back for another lunch time feast.
Note: the line up of businesses changes regularly, so be sure to check out their website for the current offerings.