The original inspiration was the writings of American philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky combined with an internationalist approach to cooking that encompassed Korean fried chicken, deep south grits, Jamaican goat stew and Taiwanese bao buns. Starting in 2015, Chompsky popped-up in restaurants and bars for limited engagements. When they bought a colourful van, the culinary cavalcade went on the road.
Street food markets weren’t as prevalent in Glasgow, even a couple of years ago. So Chompsky spent a lot of the time in by the Union Canal in Edinburgh, serving up dishes from their van.
More recently they’ve become a popular fixture in Kelvingrove Park, occupying what could be considered Glasgow’s first legitimate food truck spot after a tedious battle for recognition with officialdom. Elsewhere, Chompsky were a notable presence at festivals, markets and other Glasgow events.
Experimentation and change has been a constant theme. A next step for crafting locally sourced ingredients into tasty versions of international bar snacks during a residency at Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street.
That probably provided some of the impetus for their next project.
For now, all Chompsky activity has been halted. Instead, Gnom (see what they did there?) will soon open at 758 Pollokshaws Road.
They’ll join fellow street food market alumnus Julie’s Kopitiam, which recently opened on Pollokshaws Road, and Phillies of Shawlands which opened there at the weekend.
What will the menu be like? We’ve no idea. Not yet anyway. The opening date has not been announced yet, but progress is being made.
The team have successfully completed some extensive research over the last few years. Hopefully the bao buns will appear from the new permanent kitchen. They are a favourite of Glasgowist.
This will be a Southside cafe, that’s about the extent of the Gnom manifesto so far. We look forward to finding out what comes next.