RECOMMENDATION | Food Truck Heaven at Platform At The Arches – Glasgow
Why I love Platform at the Arches
Awesome casual foodie fun for the whole family in one of Glasgow’s legendary music venues.
Worth paying a babysitter?
No need – kid and dog friendly with a kids play area to boot. It’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday every weekend.
Food truck offering an epic selection of food flavours from across the world hosted under the iconic railway arches of Glasgow Central station. This place ticks all my boxes – kid friendly, dogs welcome, great food selection, beer to keep the hubby happy (including a micro brewery within), play area to burn off some toddler energy – but not compromising on style, decent wine if required or cool location.
Plus, living in the wet West, this is perfect for a rainy day with everything under one roof.
Value for money: 9/10
Each dish is around the £7 mark from the majority of the vendors – some portions better value than others, but all epic flavours. Kids portions offered.
Setting the scene:
The Arches is one of Glasgow’s iconic music venues, a staple in the fabric of Glasgow night life – once home to some of the biggest club nights the city has seen. From Tiesto to Carl Cox, many a big name DJ has belted out tunes that rumble through the historic tunnels. Sadly the Arches was forced to close the door to club nights about five years ago, much to the outrage of music lovers across Scotland. Questions over what was to become of such a loved venue went unanswered for a while until just recently when nostalgia hunters like myself were delighted to hear we could step foot back into a happy place of our younger years.
Glasgow is known and loved for being a bit rough around the edges, industrial at its core and with the best of the city not easy to happen upon. The best spots are found by word of mouth or shared by those in the know. Nestled under the arches of the railway, the location is definitely less easy to happen upon by chance, though it’s an easy five minute walk off Buchanan Street, known as Scotland’s Style Mile, heading west along Argyle Street.
Entering the Arches on Argyle Street and via a smaller archway, it instantly feels cosy and familiar to me. Low coloured lighting highlighting the nooks and crannies of the exposed stone that makes up the arches of the old railway. In the distance is the low rumble of trains coming in and out of Central Station nearby.
Neon colours of the food trucks décor, a delicious array of smells from across the world and a relaxed fun Saturday energy of families with young kids getting to know each other in the play area, dads chewing the fat together over a couple of pints, friends starting off the day with cocktails. It’s a Saturday vibe I absolutely love.
On Sunday’s an added bonus of a vintage makers market joins in that fun so you can support local designers and artists and find everything from gifts to clothes.
With a selection of 7 food trucks on offer, there’s something for everyone here. Escape to India or Italy with your usual crowd pleasers of pasta and street food curry. Or seafood lovers will love Shrimpwreck where fishy delights include shrimp burgers, whitebait and their famous Old Bay fries. Shawarmas, vegan jack fruit burgers, big juicy beef burgers and salads – whatever you fancy or your food preferences it’s all well catered for here.
To find out more visit www.argylestarches.com
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