The Lansdowne / Mother India review by Pat Byrne
Today (1 March, 2019) I went along to The Lansdowne, Mother India’s brand new restaurant at Kelvinbridge in Glasgow’s West End. The restaurant has only recently opened and I’ve been looking forward to trying it out. I am a big fan of Mother India and their latest venture reflects the high standards they are known for.
The restaurant is in the basement at 7a Lansdowne Crescent, the entrance is bright and welcoming and the spacious restaurant has been completely refurbished and tastefully decorated in relaxing smokey greys and teal. There is a choice of seating areas including tables for two, cosy booths that could easily seat a party of six or more, a wonderfully bright glass house area with impressive chandeliers and a comfortable space beside the fireplace.
It struck me that the restaurant/bar is particularly flexible and I can see people dropping in for business meetings, after work get togethers as well romantic dinners and family celebrations. The bar is very attractive and if you are meeting for drinks you will very likely be tempted to order from the bar snack menu. This has such tasty choices as mini popudoms and home made chutneys, chilli houmous with roasted chickpeas or you could try a bowl of vegetable Briyani with raita, Very reasonable at around £5 or £6 each.
I chose my lunch from the Main Menu and it took me a while to make my mind up as every dish sounds delicious and different from run of the mill Indian restaurant fare. I finally decided on Cardamon lamb and mushroom, rice with roasted pine nuts and aubergine raita (£8.50) – it was fragrant and tasty. I also had green herb pakora with date and tamarind chutney (£5.50_ – without doubt the most glorious pakora I’ve ever tasted – plus my favourite peshwari nan. The portions are very generous but David, who had served me, kindly suggested packing it up for me to take home.
Other interesting choices on the menu include:Mixed grill with mint raita and apple chutney, Smoked aubergine bhartha with aubergine fritter and wholemeal pitta. Monkfish kebab with rice and orange labneh, Malabar king prawns with coconut and curry leaves. (See full details of menus)
Portions are generous and the presentation of the dishes is perfect. Every detail including the rustic style serving dishes have been chosen with care.
I will be going back to The Lansdowne very soon and can’t recommend this new West End restaurant highly enough.
Pat Byrne, 1 March, 2019
(p.s. Something else I approved of were the smart and sensible toilets, no wondering how to turn the taps on and lovely deep sinks so your clothes don’t get all splashed. They’ve really thought of everything. 🙂 )
The Lansdowne, 7A Lansdowne Crescent, Glasgow G20 6NQ
To book a table call us 0141 334 4653
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