The sharing plates’ menu is split into three sections: fish, meat and poultry and vegetarian. For me, the fish is the reason to visit. The freshest organic Scottish salmon marinated in teriyaki sauce is cooked to perfection and served with some al dente sugar snap peas for £9, and from the specials’ board, a fillet of seabass on a green curry sauce is £10.
Going back to the main menu, the pan-fried scallops with a signature sauce at £10 are not to be missed, served plump, tender and perfectly seasoned. Or try the bulgogi, a classic Korean dish of marinated beef in soy with carrots and mushrooms, served in a lettuce leaf to pick up and eat for £8.50. From the vegetarian side of the menu, choose kimchi pancake or vegetable dumplings, both £7.50, among a mouthwatering range of meat-free options.
For accompaniments, add sticky rice (£4) or sweet potato fries (£5.50), For fillers, try soy cooked quail’s eggs (£5), kimchi (£4) or summer rolls (£7), perfect if avoiding carbohydrates. Accompanied by younger people? Bada Tapas has chicken katsu on the menu too at £7.
For drinks, there are recognisable wines alongside Korean classics (rice wines and sake), and a really interesting cocktail list with wasabi cucumber martini or a chilli margarita.
There’s a small dessert menu worth perusal. The berry crème brûlée is perfect. Creamy, but not oversweet and topped with a layer of fruit purée. Other puddings include adzuki bean (red bean) chocolate brownies served with dark chocolate and dates. Very trendy ingredients, plus it is gluten free. Both desserts cost £6.50. Fresh mint tea or barista coffees are also on offer to finish.
Everything at Bada Tapas is prepared freshly from scratch and cooked to order, apart from dishes like the slow cooked pork (delicious). This is a rare treat in a climate where high street chains dominate the casual dining scene.
Go and support this feisty independent for its innovative menu and focus on serving superbly prepared fresh food.