It’s quiet on Pollokshaws Road. Quiet and cold. An unlikely setting, perhaps, for the world’s most travelled restaurant. Yet it makes perfect sense. Couple Trisha and Kevin McCrae, with Scottish pal James Sharman, are back home after a year that has taken them half way around the world.
The culinary nomads are on a journey to visit 20 countries in 20 months, setting up a pop-up restaurant at every stop. Part social experiment, part food odyssey, One Star House Party has visited eight different countries so far, and they are in Glasgow this week to tell the story of their travels through a seven course dinner.
“Over a year ago we set out on a journey, that has so far taken us half way around the world. It is a culinary adventure that has brought us face to face with ingredients and techniques from across the world.
“Living completely from our restaurant we build it wherever we find ourselves, serving a new menu each month out of everything we discover. Now we are finally coming home, and we are excited to share with Glasgow what we have experienced so far on our journey” explained Trisha McCrae, Co-Founder of One Star House Party.
So far their restaurants have taken them to very different places including the Base Camp of Mount Everest, night trains through Vietnam and onto the streets of Mumbai.
Their menus in other countries have involved an element of reinterpreting local staples.
The aim is to surprise the diners in their host country with the familiar. How do you even start creating a pop-up in a new country?
Kevin explained that every place they go they start new conversations and rely on local knowledge.
The universal language of food helps. Everyone needs to eat. The chefs have found themselves helping prep barbecue pork in roadside cafes in Vietman or debating spices in family homes in India.
So, in Glasgow, their improvised restaurant is serving a cavalcade of dishes with flavours inspired by China, Vietnam, Thailand, Everest Base Camp, India, Oman and South Africa.
They are here until 21st December on Pollokshaws Road, where Ketchup used to be. Friends who have taken over the lease there will soon be turning the space into a new bar – at the moment it’s a global kitchen.
There are still some places available for dinner on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are priced at £75 per person and their restaurant is BYOB. You can book places here.
Our favourite dishes on the night were a preparation of biltong beef from their Cape Town pop-up and beautifully cooked pork inspired by a recipe from Vietnam. There was an unusual preparation of paneer from Mumbai and blow-torched scallops in a barley broth from Beijing. Part of the experience is discovering the dishes on the night and hearing the stories behind them so we won’t give too much away. There are pictures of our global feast below.