The company behind popular Glasgow restaurant Ox and Finch have announced the opening of a second restaurant.

Ka Pao will open in January 2020 within the historic, Category A-listed Botanic Gardens Garage on Vinicombe Street, which is located off Byres Road.

Housed in the basement of the distinctive white and green tiled West End landmark Ka Pao – the name derives from the Thai word for Holy Basil – will offer a menu influenced by the cooking of South East Asia.

The restaurant has also been designed by Stuart Black: Head of Interior Design at Mosaic, who was also responsible for the interiors of Ox and Finch.

The opening has created 35-full time roles, including senior chefs and restaurant management roles.

Jonathan MacDonald, owner and chef, said "I have had an enormous amount of respect for the approach to food in South East Asia for as long as I have been cooking. The fascination was really ignited when I spent a lot of time working and travelling in that part of the world in my twenties. Living and working in Melbourne was also a big inspiration, as South-East Asian flavours and influences are uniquely interwoven in Australian cooking.

"Some of my most memorable cooking and eating experiences have been in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand; sometimes in impressive restaurants, but more often on plastic stools by the side of the road” 

The restaurant will announce their menu at the beginning of January, with the dishes listed likely to include messy prawns, orange, tamarind and palm sugar caramel; squash and potato curry, cardamom, cumin and coconut; slow-cooked pork cheeks, shiitake mushrooms, star anise and galangal.

Director Daniel Spurr said: “Ka Pao is not about trying to be authentic or replicating the food of any particular region or country.  The guiding principle will be more about taking inspiration from dishes, ingredients and flavour combinations that we have encountered, that have influenced us and combining them with our own local produce.”

Visit Ka Pao's website for more information on menus, bookings and more.