Glasgow foodies can rejoice, Edinburgh’s beloved Indian Street Food Restaurant, Tuk Tuk, is now open in Glasgow and we headed over to their launch party last night to sample a few of the new items from their menu (those Puri yoghurt bombs are like heaven on a plate) and to generally see what all the fuss is about.
Tuk Tuk, named after the three-wheeled rickshaws of Asia and inspired by the fresh, rustic food served at the roadside and railway stations across India to travellers, school children, rickshaw-wallahs and busy office workers, first opened in Edinburgh back in 2012 and has brought the same feel good atmosphere and street-food classics such as Bhel puri, Biryani and Daal makhni to their new site on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street.
However, they’ve also added a few new additions to the Glasgow menu – including those amazing Puri yoghurt bombs and popular Indian drinks such as Mint mabo and Lassis in various flavours including mango, coconut, lychee and sweet or salted.
Aside from sampling the new menu items, we got chatting to a few local bloggers and businesses and everyone seemed to be happily indulging in a few of the gin cocktails, provided by Porter’s Gin and Bon Accord Tonic, and the beer which was supplied by Kingfisher Beer. I think the gin cocktails definitely played a part in our eagerness to join in with the traditional Indian dancing, near enough the whole crowd got involved and showed off their moves.
We must also give a special mention to the staff who catered for our vegan team member by bringing him his own plate of goodies, we can confirm he is every bit as in love with the food as us non-vegans were and it’s always appreciated when a restaurant can accommodate all dietary needs.
Although the food was excellent, the very funky, bright, modern design of the restaurant really caught our attention and it’s all very Insta-worthy, especially the mirrored wall beside the bathrooms, we guarantee it won’t be long until customers are taking selfies there.
Credit here goes to interior design agency Four-By-Two who creatively incorporated the Tuk Tuk orange colour throughout the restaurant and artists Conzo Throb and Ciaran Glöbel who designed the eye-catching Indian inspired murals that adorn the walls.
With Tiffin set lunch boxes, sociable sharing dishes and a BYOB policy, we can guarantee our next visit to Tuk Tuk isn’t far away. The restaurant also offers a takeaway and delivery service, which we will definitely be using to get those Puri yoghurt bombs delivered straight to our door.