Glasgow is Capital of Curry

Nice to see Mother India owner Monir Mohammed along with Balbir Singh Sumal and Satty Singh as three of the four ambassadors for Glasgow in the recent UK Curry Capital competition (the other local representative was Fattah Haddad, owner of the highly-regarded KoolBa in town) ? and all the nicer because the city won Britain’s top award for an unprecedented fourth time in a row.

At the risk of being boring on the subject, it has to be pointed out that not only is Glasgow the universally acknowledged star of UK Asian dining but also that practically all of the best of its restaurants are in the West End ? although we?ve got to acknowledge that Pakistani Cafe, Banana Leaf and possibly others are making up a very strong showing on the south side.

Yet I think I have yet to see any city marketing pitch which makes this point, and come to think of it propaganda about Glasgow restaurants in general tends to lump the dining out scene together with shopping and whatnot.

This has really got to change. As well as a literally unrivalled assortment of Asian restaurants the West End now also plays host to above-average Persian, Levantine and North African restaurants ? not to mention its .Greek, Spanish and other international venues.

Fair enough, Scotland is an economic disaster area, we?re saddled with political leaders who look, sound and act like bit parts in River City, and the weather is truly disgusting ? but we?ve got fantastic, terrific-value restaurants which cannot be equalled for ingenuity, bonhomie or plain skill anywhere else in the country.

That?s ?gobi? worth something …

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A Star is Born: Pakistani Cafe

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