“ Address: 1021 Cathcart Rd / Glasgow G42 9XJ / Scotland „
worst restaurant i have ever been to. food was horribly and the staff are very annoying they dont let you eat in peace i definetley will not be visiting this restaurant ever again!!!!!!
Shocking meal. In fact possibly the worst curry I have ever tasted. Staff were so frustratingly bad. Really Bad!!!
When our twins turned three years old, we decided it was high time to introduce them to the delights that is a Glasgow Curry House.
Now in Glasgow we are spoiled for choice as far as Indian/Tandoori Restaurants and Takeaways are concerned but we decided to take them to a local eatery, the New Pearl of India. (And it's within walking distance so Mum and Dad can enjoy a well deserved glass of wine!)
Situated in the Southside of Glasgow, in Mount Florida, New Pearl of India is on busy Cathcart Road. It is convenient for Mount Florida railway station and is spitting distance from Hampden Park.
Parking is restricted on the street outside the restaurant but, unless there is an event on at Hampden, you should find somewhere to park up on a nearby side street.
New Pearl of India is the reincarnation of Pearl of India (logical or what?) when they relocated to larger premises a couple of years ago (it used to be even closer to our house - dammit!)
The décor, furniture and lighting are all very new and modern looking. Street side the restaurant is glass fronted, affording views of the passing traffic. The seating is leather bench sofas or high backed leather chairs in chocolate brown. Tables are predominantly glass with crisp table cloths and linen napkins.
I like the fact they have a couple of large circular tables. I prefer this seating arrangement to that of sitting in a long row if you are out with a group of friends.
The menu features all your standard Indian and Tandoori fare with the usual European dishes (who goes to an Indian Restaurant and orders Chicken Maryland??) There are some wonderfully exotic speciality and connoisseur's dishes and an extensive selection of breads, side dishes, vegetable dishes and other accompaniments.
Take a tip from me. If you are ever fortunate enough to eat here, don't even think of NOT sampling the Chicken Pakora. It is, without doubt, the best chicken pakora I have ever tasted. It is cooked fresh to order, the chicken is juicy and succulent and the batter light and crispy with just a hint of spiciness. It is a rather vibrant pinky-red colour and our girls loved it!
On this occasion we also ordered a Butter Chicken Masala and a South Indian Garlic Chilli Chicken Masala.
The Butter Chicken Masala was deliciously tender having been marinated in homemade yogurt; the sauce was creamy and mild with chopped cashew nuts and ground almonds.
The Garlic Chilli Chicken was recommended by the proprietor as a contrast to the Butter Chicken Masala. The sauce was more of a tomato gravy with coriander and lots of green chillies as well as garlic. Again the meat was succulent and moist, the chillies giving the spicy contrast to the creamy dish.
We had ordered a Garlic Nan, a Tandoori Paratha and Fried Basmati Rice to accompany this (as well as a second portion of Chicken Pakora for the wee ones!)
The Tandoori Paratha, in particular, was delicious; spicy and buttery - don't even think about the calories....
All this was washed down by a couple of beers, a bottle of very gluggable house red and a couple of orange juices.
All this for a very palatable £48.
It is a family run business and the staff are friendly and efficient.
We ate early, as we tend to do when dining with our children and the restaurant wasn't too busy. But there were still plenty of staff in attendance and they were attentive without being obtrusive.
The food arrived quickly, but not too quickly. The bill was produced promptly when requested and they were happy to stow our pushchairs and wet raincoats for us - and then retrieve them at the end of our visit.
They spoke to our children, not over them, and made two little friends for life when they gave them a lollipop each as we were leaving.
New Pearl of India offers a 3 Course Business Lunch, an Evening Grand Buffet (not on a Saturday), Takeaway and Delivery Service.
They do various special set meals deals, starting from £6.95.
Licensed. Full bar with draft lagers and a limited but reasonably priced wine list.
We have used the Takeaway service (but not the delivery service) on a number of occasions and our order has always been accurate, prepared timeously and delicious!
Having two small toddlers guarantees at least one visit to the ladies' toilets - these were clean, well appointed and conveniently located.
Accessible to wheelchair users, although some seating is only accessible up three steps.
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 4pm - Midnight, Thurs- Sat Noon - Midnight.
1021 Cathcart Road, Mount Florida, Glasgow, G42 9XJ
0141 632 7700 and 0141 636 5077
Booking recommended at weekends and ESSSENTIAL if there is an event on at Hampden.
Apart from my husband remarking that the red wine was too cold (I thought it was fine - hic!), we couldn't find fault. The service was superb, the food was delicious, it was good value and we felt like two stuffed sofa walking home.
Recommended if you are in the vicinity.
(This review has been previously published on Ciao by me under the same username carcraig)