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Malaysian food favourite Julie’s Kopitiam arrives in Finnieston from city’s Southside

By Ian Marland at

The latest kitchen residency has launched at SWG3’s popular Acid Bar diner in Finnieston.

The arrival of Julie’s Kopitiam marks the fourth restaurant take-over at Scotland’s leading multi-disciplinary arts venue.

Food on a table

The latest kitchen residency has launched at SWG3

From Friday, the new occupants will be serving up a range of affordable Malaysian dishes in a casual diner-style setting.

Dishes to feature on the menu include ‘chickpea murtabak – chickpeas, crispy roti, chaat masala’, ‘mamak fried chicken – condensed milk chicken, ajwain seeds, caramelised fish sauce’, and ‘char kuay teow – smoky ho fun, prawns, beansprouts, lard, soy, chives’.

Dishes have been designed to share and showcase the very best of Malaysian cooking techniques and flavours.

Throughout the residency, Julie will host a number of guest chef events from the world of Malaysian cookery, and will introduce a traditional Malay breakfast menu.


Julie Lin is head chef and Owner of Julie’s Kopitiam.

She said: “We are so excited about taking up residency at SWG3.

“While we absolutely love our Southside home, operating out of the Acid bar will give us the opportunity to bring Malaysian food to another corner of the city and to experiment with new dishes that don’t currently feature on our menu.

“Customers will also get to enjoy our dishes with alcohol if they so wish, which will be a first.”

Julie Lin

Julie Lin is head chef and Owner of Julie’s Kopitiam

Julie’s Kopitiam on the Southside, which seats just sixteen diners, opened in 2017 to rave reviews following Julie’s appearance on Masterchef.

The restaurant’s SWG3 residency will begin on August 9 and will run until November.

Bookings can be made from via the online booking site.


Meryl, SWG3’s commerical manager, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Julie and her team into the Acid bar kitchen.

“This will be the venue’s fourth residency since opening, a concept that is proving really popular with food lovers from across the city.

“SWG3 is all about showcasing creativity and cooking is no different from other creative forms that we celebrate here at SWG3.”

* For bookings, visit SWG3’s site here.