May 2 2012 By Tristan Stewart-Robertson
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Address: 104 Bath Street Telephone: 0141 332 6678 Web: www.kutabathstreet.co.uk
IF YOU need an escape to the paradise of Bali, look no further than Glasgow’s Bath Street – but don’t expect tropical food.
Kuta opened last October with an Asian-infused menu. But that changed last month when they switched to a more traditional selection.
Named after the owner’s favourite resort in Bali, Kuta is located in a basement venue and has a low ceiling. But it doesn’t feel oppressive or claustrophobic.
In fact, it’s a very mellow space, with striped walls, light bricks and brushed steel, clear plastic chairs, dark wood and ever-changing coloured lights.
My flatmate and I went for very different menu options.
She chose vegetarian – tomato and basil soup (£3.25), then macaroni cheese with chunky chips and salad (£6.95).
I opted for a meaty selection of chicken satay skewers (£4.25) and pork belly and black pudding with mash and pear cider gravy (£9.50).
The filling mains really did not need chips – but we ate most of them anyway.
Both dishes were well prepared.
With little room left for desserts, we split a sticky toffee pudding (£2.95).
We took cocktail options on the night, with a Kuta cosmopolitan for my flatmate (£4.95) while I requested an espresso martini (£5).
Kuta offers £3.50 cocktails from Sunday to Thursday, which is an attractive option when some venues think cocktail prices need to match petrol inflation rises.
Food is only served until 8pm before Kuta becomes more bar than restaurant.
But dining there is an enjoyable, relaxing and filling option among the multitude of choices on Bath Street.
And a bonus – Kuta has palm trees so if you use some imagination, you might just be able to convince yourself you’re in Bali.