Glasgow West End: Pat's Guide to Eating Out: Restaurants, Cafes and Bistros: Indian

Eating Out in Glasgow's West End: Indian Restaurants

Photo: mother india. Mother India

28 Westminster Terrace, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7RU
0141 221 1663
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'Best Restaurant of the Year 2012 and 'Best Non European Restaurant 2010'

Mother India has become synonymous with quality Indian Sub-continental food. Established in 1990, the restaurant is commited to using the best local produced, fresh herbs and carefully selected whole spices.

The flagship restaurant is on three levels each with its own distinctive ambience.

Mother India is aimed at satisfying the customer and staff endeavour to ensure that diners relax and enjoy the experience of eating there.

www.motherindiaglasgow.co.uk

Balbir's

Pure Vegetarian Cuisine,11 - 13 Hyndland Street, Partick. (334 0084). A fairly new arrival - this small restaurant is unusual in that it is run by a group of women who produce traditional home made dishes. I need to get along here to check it out as it sounds very interesting and prices are reasonable. (£)

Bombay Hut

1166/1170 Argyle Street, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 560 2070.
A spacious restaurant with great food and friendly service. Deljit and Jaspal Singh have set up shop with a chef who previously worked at the renowned Killermont Polo Club and offer the same good quality as can be found at their 'Taste of Punjab' takeaway.
The restaurant is open from noon - midnight Monday - Friday and from 5 p.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (££) Lots of deals on offer including: £6.95 three course special 3 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Function suite available.

Killermont Polo Club

2022 Maryhill Road (946 5412). To the North of the West End this is another restaurant lying just outwith the area but it simply cannot be excluded. It is really different with great food and very elegant surroundings. You will love it. (£,£) Lunch at £5.95 for two courses is a great deal.

Shish Mahal

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66 - 68 Park Road, Hillhead. (339 8256). A West End tradition 'the Shish' was my first Indian culinary experience. It has been welcomed back to the area after a temporary relocation. Serving both Indian and Pakistani food it provides all the usual popular choices and some unusual additions are very tempting. It remains very popular with a happy band of regular customers - its reputation is well deserved.(£, £)
Recommended by The List, Eating & Drinking Guide 2003 - 2004.

Strikingly simple surroundings complement a menu of imagination, verve and exquisitely prepared food

Wee Curry Shop

7 Buccleuch Street, 353 0777
A popular and friendly restaurant serving delicious, freshly prepared food. A second shop has recently opened in the heart of the West End in Ashton Lane.(£, £)

Recommended by The List, Eating and Drinking Guide 2003 - 2004 -

'Peerless food straight from the skillet in this homely nook

Comments

I am an Indian, a good cook and fond of eating out so am giving the following comments to help others. I have tried numerous 'Indian' restaurants in Glasgow. SO far I have found Kamasutra the best. Thats because it has good interiors and is not shoddy, smelly and cheaply done up; it has good service and most importantly the food does not all taste the same! The south chilli chicken does actually taste different from a chicken korma.
The ones that are second in category are Ashoka, Polo Club and perhaps Cafe India. The others like Mother India and Mr Singh's India are overhyped.
-- ( mads_singh at hotmail dot com ) from UK on 19.6.2003; 22:08:41 Uhr

Everyone must try the Chandigrah Indian Restaurant just off Byres Road. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere relaxed and the service impeccable. It's a little gem and not too expensive!
--Clare ( leia at talk21 dot com ) from UK on 21.11.2002; 11:20:52 Uhr

Does anyone know of any decent Indian rests in the area of Irvine and Kilmarnock ?
--Peter ( pabell2 at btinternet dot com ) from UK on 2.7.2002; 21:08:53 Uhr

Comments

The best retaurant is Dhabba in the west end, simply stunning food, can`t believe it`s not mentioned in the guide????

Iain | Sun Jul 10 2011

I wouldn't go the Ajuba. I've never been there, but after reading through the comments by several people, with the same spelling mistake - "coulerings", have left me thinking that they are not different people. I don't like being conned. Thanks, but no thanks as far as the Ajuba is concerned.

Cohen | Mon Jun 27 2011

is there any indian chefs that are willing to give out lessons so we can make their food ?

garry | Sun Aug 01 2010

The best Indian Restaurants in Glasgow or infact in Scotland is madras palace formally knowing as panjea. the chef pj is award-winning with best curry in britian and many other awards.best buffet selection ive seen with choice of 8 starters 10 curries rice nan salad bar ice cream tea coffe also great menu of ala carte to choose from dont take my word for it try it your self.

TONY | Sat Jul 17 2010

I've moved to glasgow with my husband recently we've tried a few restaurants. We'd heard a lot about mother india but i've got to say it was very dissappointing. If u're looking for good quality pakistani food then my recommendations are the following: 1) Kababesh, 2)Kohinoor. I would also recommend the curry leaf( on great western road) and charcoal in the city centre.

anum | Sun Jan 24 2010

The food at The Village Curry House in Nelson Street is excellent and great value for money. However the toilets are pretty bad and spoil what is otherwise a great place to eat. The owners just need to have a deep clean and supply some hot water, soap and paper towels to fix this. Simple really.

Andy | Thu Nov 12 2009

I would just like to say that The Indian Orchard in the West End does delicious food. The service isn't great and it's never busy, but if your all about the taste, try there. Also, I have to disagree with someone else who said Mister Singhs was overhyped. I am a regular. The service is second to none, the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming, it's always busy with a nice, buzzing atmosphere, the food is beautiful, and they cater to your specific needs, ie ur tastebuds! Loving Mister Sings!

Amy | Mon Dec 15 2008

I like the Village's Lamb Bhuna Mmmm You've got the choice of hot or medium I went for Medium. Another one thats great is Rawalpindi and Karma Sutra on Sauchiehall Street great buffets. A takeway that is great is The Bungalow Cafe Scotstoun I totally love their Lamb Bhuna. But the worst is Chapati 1 etc etc and those kebab shops run by turks and iranians who no nothing about desi food their curries are so watery.

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shishi | Wed May 07 2008

Forgot to mention, if you are looking for a mind bending (very very hot) curry ask for Phaal or Phal, it will not be on the menu but if it is a proper Asian establishment they will know what you mean.

Archie | Fri Feb 15 2008

We recently visited Mother India in Sauchihall Street and although the food was tasty the service was absolutely shocking. We arrived and ordered drinks and the drinks did not arrive for 25 minutes. They got two out of four starters wrong and they were not delivered until 45 minutes after the drinks. Then one of the main courses was delivered 15 minutes after the other three. When I challenged them about the service they did not seem interestted and did not adjust the bill accordingly. I also contacted them via the website very politely and did not receive a reply. This is not good customer service and I will not go back. If you want a taste of how Asian food should be, try the Village Curry House and Tawa Grill in Nelson Street, alternatively Yadgar in Calder Street offers something different too. These establishments are in some of the less attractive areas of Glasgow but paradoxically offer far better authentic Halal food and cater for Glasgow's Asian community. I have been eating curries for over 30 years and unfortunately many City Centre establishments have become complacent and serve up many dishes that use food colouring to enhance their appearance or dishes that are indistinuishable from each other. However if you visit the places mentioned above you will be rewarded. The Village and Yadgar are not licensed and you are not allowed to consume alcohol on the premises.

Archie | Fri Feb 15 2008

what is the hotest curry within the Glasgow , Edinburgh range. I am a "professional" hot head and want to find the ultimate so don't just recommend anything unless you are a fellow hot head. thanks

wull mcclurg | Fri Nov 16 2007

Mother India Cafe opposite the Art Gallery is fanastic; closest to authentic food I have come across

Abu-Zar Aziz | Thu Aug 02 2007

just been to the wee curry shop ashton lane.i have just cleared my plate for the first time after being to numerous indian restaurants can definately recommend this one superb food.

rita s | Fri Jun 01 2007

I love Indian Food and my favourites are the Wee Curry House, Dhaba in Merchant city and Bombay Blues on Hope Street do a great lunch time buffet

joanne | Thu May 31 2007

BEST CURRRY HOUSES AT THE MOMENT NEAR THE CITY CENTRE ARE THE VILLAGE CURRY HOUSE NEXT TO THE LORD NELSON PUB ON NELSON ST...CHEAP AND CHEERFUL..LUNCH TIME SPECIALS...CURRY PLUS NAN ?2.80, PLENTY OF ASIAN PEOPLE EATING IN THIS ONE. SECONDLY THE TAWA GRILL OPPOSITE VILLAGE CURRY HOUSE ON THE CORNER...GREAT LUNCH TIME BUFFET DEAL AND AGAIN PLENTY OF ASIANS EATING HERE.

Archie | Fri May 25 2007

is creme de la creme still open? i was told last year that it had closed. my family and i had a wonderful time there and the food was great.

cate | Thu Jan 11 2007

I recently went for dinner at the newly opened India Quay in Finnieston Street, Glasgow. My visit there was very dissapointing, the service was not all that great, the food was okie, aloo and mirchi sabzi(potato and chilli curry) was not cooked properly. the portions were small, not value for money. The waiter that took our order had a cheek in asking us to order more main dishes or we would have to pay a surcharge which was ridiculous. The way they spoke to my friend when she coimplained was bang out of order. The onlky thing nice that I could say about it was the layout and the modern decor. This establishment is not for Indians or children.....

san | Sat Sep 09 2006

There's a new place in town called India Quay at 181 Finnieston Street near SECC. I went in because i read a review in daily record whick gave it 22/25 and placed it at the top of there hotplate list which includes all type of restaurants in scotland. The food here is spectacular and the review was correct 'you will forget all about chicken kormas and lamb bhoonas when you try some of the chefs specials'. The decor also is a world away from other Indian Restaurants and im surprised they havent won an award for that alone. If you don't try this place your missing out big time!!!

Kaz | Sun Jun 18 2006

who owns Mother India

phil | Tue May 16 2006

i think the best restaurant is Ajuba because their curries a faboulas because theres no artificial coulerings in their curries and their buffet it very good with a huge range of curries i give it 10/10 for it i recomend you should try to go to that restaurant and u will have a right good time the address is for anyone 133 Main Road Elderslise Johnstone,Renfrewshire,Glasgow,scotland it has won a Gold award for being such a good restaurant

Stephen Thomson | Wed Feb 22 2006

i think the best restaurant is Ajuba because their curries a faboulas because theres no artificial coulerings in their curries and their buffet it very good with a huge range of curries i give it 10/10 for it i recomend you should try to go to that restaurant and u will have a right good time the address is for anyone 133 Main Road Elderslise Johnstone,Renfrewshire,Glasgow,scotland it has won a Gold award for being such a good restaurant

Stephen Thomson | Wed Feb 22 2006

i think the best restaurant is Ajuba because their curries a faboulas because theres no artificial coulerings in their curries and their buffet it very good with a huge range of curries i give it 10/10 for it i recomend you should try to go to that restaurant and u will have a right good time the address is for anyone 133 Main Road Elderslise Johnstone,Renfrewshire,Glasgow,scotland it has won a Gold award for being such a good restaurant

Stephen Thomson | Wed Feb 22 2006

i think the best restaurant is Ajuba because their curries a faboulas because theres no artificial coulerings in their curries and their buffet it very good with a huge range of curries i give it 10/10 for it i recomend you should try to go to that restaurant and u will have a right good time the address is for anyone 133 Main Road Elderslise Johnstone,Renfrewshire,Glasgow,scotland it has won a Gold award for being such a good restaurant

Stephen Thomson | Wed Feb 22 2006

i think the best restaurant is Ajuba because their curries a faboulas because theres no artificial coulerings in their curries and their buffet it very good with a huge range of curries i give it 10/10 for it i recomend you should try to go to that restaurant and u will have a right good time the address is for anyone 133 Main Road Elderslise Johnstone,Renfrewshire,Glasgow,scotland it has won a Gold award for being such a good restaurant

Stephen Thomson | Wed Feb 22 2006

i think the best food i have ever eaten was from 2 anson street made by the famous cook from india mr saurabh. it was so tasty and delicious that i cant resist myself. i will advise all the indians to taste and have a go. it is really worth

angel | Tue Feb 14 2006

hi iam from la visting my gran in erskine and she was going on and on about how good the food is in this indian restaurant called Ajuba she said there not like other restaurants which put artificial colorings in the currys and sont give u very small paortions for your starters they have got amazing service 10/10 and the staff are very very polite people highly highly recomended!!!!!!

Justin | Sun Dec 11 2005

Hi can anyone recomend somewhere I can have gluten free please? thanks, Jane.

jane | Fri Sep 30 2005

Hi recently visited scotland and tried out this excellent small indian restaurant called bollywood lounge on great western road in glasgow, food was fantastic, surroundings were really modern whilst we watched the chef make our chicken tikka masala with scotch whisky...well worth going too!

Walter Davids | Fri Sep 23 2005

I know it's not in the city centre, but a trip to the Boulevard at Clydebank (Gt Western Road) is well worth the extra five minutes it takes to get there. Their Chicken Tikka is out od this world. Service is great, surroundings are very pleasant, and prices not too bad. My favourite by far!!

Maureen B | Sat Jul 30 2005

i think the best restaurant is Ajuba because their curries a faboulas becaus etheres no artificial coulerings in their curries and their buffet it very good with a huge range of curries i give it 10/10 for it i recomend you should try to go to that restaurant and u will have a right good time the address is for anyone 133 Main Road Elderslise Johnstone,Renfrewshire,Glasgow,scotland it has won a Gold award for being such a good restaurant

john | Thu Jul 14 2005

The best Glasgow indian restaurant in Ajuba in 133 Main Road , Elderslie , Johnstone , Renfrewshire i came fom la from usa to see my sister and she lived beside that restaurant and the food is superb the service was amazing ive been to many restaurants and havnt tasted food like that ive been to the ashoka west end and the food wasnt even close to the one in ajuba the service was very poor in ashoka and the curries in Ajuba are FANTASTIC i realy had a great time in that restaurant ajuba its highly recomended

Stephen | Thu Jul 14 2005

Hi recently visited glasgow on business and was advised to go to a small indian restaurant by the concirege at the hotel, on Great western road. called Bollywood, excellent food, superb surroundings and whisky curries....10/10!

Paul Jones | Sat Jul 09 2005

does anybody know where i could got o an indiain diner dance in Glasgow? Desperately trying to find somewhere for my 21st!!!!

kamik | Thu Jun 23 2005

The best restaurant is by far the Shish Mahal. Although i cannot comment on meat dishes (since i am a vegetarian), the vegetable pakora is out of this world- a light crispy batter and not full of gram flour like most other restaurants, instead filled with chunks of potato and spices. The curries are also delicious, certainly no base sauce used. I highly recommend there daal! My mum and dad are some of the "originals" of the Shish Mahal (known as the "shish snobs"), so i have eaten there since i was young and no other restaurants can come close!!!

Amanda | Mon Jun 13 2005

The best Indian Restaurants in Glasgow or infact in Scotland are Dhabba/Dakhin and to my surprise they are not mentioned in your directory.Place in the heart of Merchant city, gives you a chance to taste delicious cuisines of India - without having to travel. If ever there was a "feel good" finale to a story you've heard before, this was it: one slice of Dhabba ? and a slice of Dakhin ? that I'd gladly visit again.

Ajay | Mon Feb 28 2005

The best Indian Restaurants in Glasgow or infact in Scotland are Dhabba/Dakhin and to my surprise they are not mentioned in your directory.Place in the heart of Merchant city, gives you a chance to taste delicious cuisines of India - without having to travel. If ever there was a "feel good" finale to a story you've heard before, this was it: one slice of Dhabba ? and a slice of Dakhin ? that I'd gladly visit again.

Ajay | Mon Feb 28 2005

Sorry Imran, restaurants dont care if the food is authentic or not. They're already doing a rip-roaring trade so why should they have to change anything. The Indopak community may know what a genuine dish looks & tastes like so why isn't there any restaurants offering such authentic cooking? Truth is, this type of cooking has proved very unpopular as many enterprising fellows found to thier cost. Indian cuisine has had to adapt to British tastes & thats what has made it successful. If i want some genuine punjabi food, I just have a meal at home :)

Asif | Sat Jan 15 2005

I am Indian and have stayed for long in Glasgow. I love eating out and have explored more or less all Indian - "Indian" restaurant in Glasgow. Best top 5 Indian Restaurant's are 1) Dhaba/Dakshin in Merchant City. 2) Wee Curry Shop on Buccleuch Street. 3) Balbirs on Dumbarton Road. 4) Village Curry House on Nelson Street 5) Kamasutra Though lot is happening now days in terms of Indian Restaurant in Glasgow but best place is this two Dhaba and Dakshin Restaurant in Merchant City. They serve South Indian food in Dakshin means (South) and North Indian food in Dhaba Restaurant. This is proper traidional food which we eat in India and can say that it is pure Indian food by an Indian.

Ajay | Fri Oct 08 2004

Mother India Cafe has seating for only 12 people in their non-smoking section which is also right beside the kitchens. Try having a conversation while the food processor's on!! Last week my friend and I were moved from our table into the smoking section (no apology) because 9 people came in asking for a non-smoking table. We left! The staff couldn't have cared less. We went along to the Spice of Life who now do a fixed price Thali which is much better value and quality than MI's over-priced Indian tapas.

Fiona | Mon Aug 02 2004

I am a chef from the Lahore city in Pakistan and have worked in many restaurants in Glasgow and can honestly tell you that the food in Glasgow Indian restaurants is just what we back home would call tourist food can any restaurant truly claim Indo-Pak Authenticity cooking? Do you see Indo-Pak Diners in any one of the restaurants named above? very rarely. Why do the Staff have there very own unique STAFF CURRY? because they could not down such bland cooking. The same base gravy sauce could make you a Korma and a Vindaloo. It is not long before restaurants in Glasgow will offer you what a curry is supposed to taste like.

Imran Akhtar | Sun May 09 2004

Absent from here is Mr. India's in Hyndland St. I started ordering take-a-ways from here because it was local and I was bored with Ashoka's formulaic approach. I've not switched since then: the spiced onions are the best in town and the cooking avoids heavy use of ghee in favour of more drier curries. Cheap too. Try a carry out and see what you think...

Cameron | Tue Mar 16 2004

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