Our reporters attended the Foodie Explorers event Pastaval, sponsored by McIntosh, as part of the Southside Fringe festival. We were lucky enough to talk to the head chef of The Bungo, the winning restaurant of the coveted Pastaval trophy.
If you would like to learn how to make the winning mac and cheese (Mac and Blue), and to see what the dish means to the chef, then take a look at the video below.
A bit about The Bungo
The Bungo was first opened in December of 2011 by Catherine Hardy and Jacqueline Fennessy who met while working for Big Beat in the 90s. The restaurant tries to be at the heart of the community, allowing dogs and operating a popular brunch menu. They also have a basement area for events such as birthdays, weddings and celebrations.
Located in the Strathbungo area of the Southside of Glasgow, The Bungo is popular with locals who like to support local businesses. A two minute walk from Queen’s Park, it is the ideal end to a trip to the Shawlands and Strathbungo area which offers a unique blend of small businesses that are great for bargain hunters. The Southside Fringe Festival the largest community organised event in Glasgow, takes place at venues throughout the Shawlands and Strathbungo area and allows locals and others to see what the Southside has to offer Glasgow.
Always looking to change the menu up with seasonal dishes, The Bungo uses local produce wherever possible. They make their own sauces including beetroot relish and a trademarked fresh mayo with chipotle.
While small, the menus offer eclectic twists on traditional dishes fusing different cultures into dishes that the chefs want to eat. The Brunch menu has a number of different styles of eggs as well as traditional breakfast options with a Bungo twist.
The lunch and dinner menus offer a wide range of dishes with halloumi tacos, seafood linguine and Vietnamese style chicken. Hurry though, that menu may change soon!
Inclusive to all dietary requirements, The Bungo has separate Vegan and gluten free menus, while also refraining from the use of flour except when absolutely necessary.
The Bungo regularly hosts foodie related events such as wine and food tasting from countries all around the world. Details of events can be found on their website:
They also host regular themed nights every week from Monday to Thursday, details of which can be found below:
Monday | Curry Night: curry and a bottle of beer (or glass of wine!) for just £9.95pp
Tuesday | Burger Night: burger and a bottle of beer (or glass of wine!) for just £9.95pp
Wednesday | Sticky BBQ Night: ribs and a bottle of beer (or a glass of wne!) for just £9.95pp
Thursday | Steak Night: 8oz steak and a bottle of wine for £30 per 2 people