Rafa’s tacos take over Glasgow Large Feed Kitchen providing Mexican meals with Scottish twist

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Glasgow’s well-known Large Feed Kitchen has launched its new menu following the Rafa’s tacos kitchen takeover.

The Princes Sq. hotspot launched with a menu showcasing road meals favourites from all over the world however will usher in visitor road meals icons to take management.

Their goal is to showcase a few of Scotland’s most revolutionary meals vans and small operations on a bigger scale, with services to cater for a lot larger crowds.

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Rafa’s – which sells out every day at their tiny Finnieston tacqueria – kicked off their open-ended BFK residency right this moment.

Founder and head chef Gregor Forest grew up in Arizona after transferring there from Glasgow as a baby, bringing with him a ardour for actual deal Mexican meals when he returned a couple of years in the past. He has now fulfilled a dream with Rafa’s tacos operating Large Feed Kitchen.

Gregor mentioned: “I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, a really taco-loving metropolis proper down on the border. A lot of my pals had been Mexican and each retailer or gasoline station has a taco stand, like nook retailers have pakora and stuff right here. So I used to be consuming a lot of tacos.

“I dropped out of faculty and began cooking after I was 18. The primary restaurant I labored in my chef was named Rafa and Rafa’s is called after him – he was my man who taught me the way to cook dinner, I fell in love with meals in that kitchen and it turned all I ever wished to do.

“I moved across the USA quite a bit then got here house to Glasgow as a result of my complete household reside right here, I labored a couple of locations right here then did my very own factor, purchased a meals truck and it by no means actually took off due to Covid.

“I exploit it nonetheless and did burrito deliveries within the first lockdown, delivering in a black taxi. That was the start of Rafa’s. Then I discovered the unit in Hidden Lane which was then a tiny little bakery and it went from there, the model grew sooner than I would ever think about and now now we have teamed up with Large Feed Kitchen to take over their full restaurant in Princes Sq., it’s loopy.”

Whereas Rafa’s emphasises genuine Mexican delicacies, one or two of the dishes have had a Glasgow twist, which Gregor admits are favourites with clients.

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“For me there are two key gadgets – the fish taco is tremendous essential, an enormous vendor for us, very nice contemporary cod from the North Sea. Let’s face it if you’re beer battering white fish in Glasgow folks go loopy. Fried fish is life.

“The opposite one is the San Diego burrito which has French fries and braised ox cheek in it. It’s a bit of completely different to what now we have in Finnieston as we use bavette there however it’s the identical form of barbacoa product, having it right here at BFK with cheese, fries, bitter cream and salsa. Primary however wonderful. Throw fries in carbs with meat and it’s excellent for Glasgow once more.”

Gregor defined the chance to scale up and work in partnership with the legendary Large Feed was simply too good to move up.

“The possibility to deliver Rafa’s to Large Feed Kitchen was simply a lot too good to show down,” he mentioned. “We’ve labored with the Large Feed guys earlier than at TRSNMT, which was one of many greatest issues we had performed. We’ve labored with them a couple of occasions on various things and it has at all times been a very good expertise.

“The Large Feed are nice, I like working with them as every part is completed the appropriate means and folks love the model. On the Large Feed Kitchen, every part right here is tremendous good, it has nice tools for us, we are able to make Rafa’s streamlined right here and run like a correct huge restaurant, it’s actually thrilling.

“It’s the likelihood for the purchasers who stroll down Buchanan Road every day, who aren’t more likely to be down a again alley in Finnieston, to return in and see us and check out our meals. The individuals who come to Hidden Lane are Mexican or Californian or discover us on Insta.

“To have the ability to serve our meals to the final Scottish public in a spot like Princes Sq. with Large Feed Kitchen is right. We’ve capability to do it proper, we are able to have much more inventory and never promote out, plus you will get your beers, margaritas and so forth.”

Jonathan Stipanovsky of Large Feed Kitchen mentioned: “Rafa’s was at all times the primary selection for a visitor takeover and we’re thrilled to welcome them to our pretty house in Princes Sq..

“It’s an opportunity to attempt actual high quality Mexican road meals – and the quirky Glasgow hybrid dishes too. Rafa’s are actually reside at Large Feed Kitchen and personally I can’t consider a greater approach to heat up after a little bit of procuring than a taco or 10.”

There may be nonetheless a wider-ranging children menu obtainable at BFK, in addition to a collection of pizzas. A variety of cocktails and drinks are additionally obtainable plus DJs from 5-8pm Friday and Saturday, reside music on Sundays.


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