“ Address: 29 Albion Street / Merchant City / Glasgow / G1 1LH / „
Glasgow - apparently the home of Chicken Tikka Masala but most certainly home too many tandoori restaurants. With so much competition you have to be good to stand out here!! Cafe India is undisputedly the top Glasgow restaurant. Frequented by celebrities such as Keanu Reeves, Billy Connolly and Tome Jones and winner of the Best Curry in Britain award for 7 years!
The restaurant was located on North Street in the West End until 2 years ago when the restaurant burned down and was relocated to Albion Street in the heart of the Merchant City. There is an NCp car park located next door meaning parking is not a problem. The restaurant has very modern decor and has a lovely ambience.
After taking your seat, the waiters will offer you popadoms and a pickle tray - something I have to have at the start of an Indian meal. Their mint yoghurt dip is good, although not the best I have had, and I also recommend their spiced onions.
The selection of starters contains the usual chicken tikka, pakoras and my personal favourite chicken chaat. They are certainly not stingy with their portions here and I only recommend having a starter if you are really hungry (or your eyes are bigger than your belly - which mine usually are when it comes to Indian food!).
The main courses again include all the usuals massala, korma, patia, dupiaza and biryani. Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka, Vegeatable and King Prawn are available for each of the currys and prices for a main course start from around £12 (it's not the cheapest but is well worth the price!)
The usual selction of rice and naan are also availble - pilau rice and garlic naan being my personal favourites. The currys are rather creamy here so I recommend getting a naan to scoop up the remainder of the sauce (making myself hungry here!!).
There is the usual selection of European food on the menu here including Steak and Omelettes. My grandfather cannot abide spicy food so this is great for him as it means the rest of us can enjoy a good curry without worrying about him.
All of the portions here are very generous and by now my jeans are feeling a bit tight!! However, if you can force down a dessert there is a good selection to choose from. I recommend the sorbet if you are feeling rather full as this is very refreshing and, supposedly, cleanses the pallet after a meal. If you choose the Lemon sorbet it comes served in Lemon and the Orange comes in a Orange.
The pre-theatre menu is great value with 2 courses available for £10.95 available from 3-6pm. Unlike many restaurants Cafe India offers a great selection on this menu and I am certain you will find a few things on here that you will fancy trying!
In the downstairs suite every Friday and Saturday you will find teh Karoke nights with a buffet at £19.95 per person - great for a good night out but as it is downstairs it will not be heard if you fancy a quiet meal upstairs.
The alcoholic coffees are certainly not stingy on their alcohol and I wouldn't recommend them if you are driving.
Service and Facilities
The staff here are always very polite and friendly - that's why the restaurant has been so successful for so long i guess!
The restaurant and toilets are always very clean too.
After your curry you get those little hot napkin wipes to clean your face and hands with - I love these and am always disappointed when I don't get them at other Indians.
Definitely recommend Cafe India for any tandoori fans in Glasgow!
A diverse selection of Indian and global cuisine.