Nonya was a hit pretty much as soon as it opened its doors back in April. It was a topic of conversation instantly. Well, amongst people who think about food more than anything else! “Have you been to Nonya yet?” seemed to be the first question on everyone’s lips.
Now that Nonya have recently introduced ‘Nonya Curry Shop’ on weekday lunchtimes, the new question is “Have you tried the new lunch at Nonya?”. Well last week I did and now I’m telling everyone I see to get themselves down there! If you work in Finnieston like I do, you soon get bored of the lunch offerings, especially if you can’t take an hour for lunch each day. In an ideal world you would be able to leave your office and head to Crabshakk or Alchemilla (incidentally they do a ‘2 plates for £10’ lunch deal which is terrific) for a bite to eat, but more often than not, its a quick trip to Tesco or Roots & Fruits to grab a salad or soup to eat at your desk whilst reading and answering work emails.
Thankfully, Nonya hve thrown their hat into the lunch ring and have come up with a very simple, and very reasonably priced menu you can enjoy sitting in or to takeaway back to your office.
Keen to try out as much as possible, my friend and I went for three dishes out of the four…(clockwise from the top) Hainanese Chicken Rice (£5), Thai Green Curry (£6) and Prawn and Chicken Laksa (£6).
The Thai Green Curry and Laksa dishes both immediately jumped out because of their fragrant aromas and bright colours. The Hainanese Chicken Rice dish, less so. But don’t let that rather beige looking dish fool you…this is proper comfort food. The skin-on chicken is poached in its own stock, then the rice is also poached in the same chicken stock, absorbing all that chickeny goodness. This is a traditional breakfast/lunch dish served in Southeast Asia.
The result is the most wonderfully comforting ‘chicken soup for the soul’ flavour. You know that ultimate chicken soup that you make when you get sick? That stuff that seems to cure everything, that makes the works feel right again? That’s this dish, just without the soup bit. It is served with slices of refreshing cucumber and two pastes…sambal (too spicy for me but ace for anyone who likes a bit of a kick up the backside with their comfort food) and a fantastic garlic, coriander and ginger paste which beautifully cuts through the rich chicken flavour with its freshness. If you’re feeling under the weather, this is the dish for you.
If you fancy a trip back to Thailand, the Thai Green Curry will transport you there immediately. Made with coriander root, coriander stock, turmeric ginger and thai basil, this is so unbelievably fragrant, so warming. Close your eyes tight enough and you can almost feel the warmth of the sun, the sand beneath your feet…then you open your eyes and realise you’re still in Finnieston. But hell, who cares? You’ve got a bloody good curry to work through before you have to go back to work.
The Prawn and Chicken Laksa is equally aromatic, just different flavours. You can still pick up with turmeric and ginger, but there is also some fish sauce in there, coconut milk, noodles of course, a boiled egg, fresh chilli and coriander. Its more of a Laksa curry than the Laksa soup I ate obsessively when I was in Singapore. This is rich and indulgent, and again, so comforting. This is going to be a winner as we move into the winter months. Who wants a sandwich or a salad when you can grab some coconutty, noodly comfort for just £6?
Having told all my Glasgow-based friends about this lunch offering, I have found that a few of them already know about it and have been several times. Consequently, their colleagues have followed suit and I am pretty confident the same will be happening in my office.
Lunch is available to sit in or takeaway, Monday -Friday, 12pm – 3pm.