“ INDIAN. 321 Sauchiehall Street. Tel: +44 (0)141 332 4180. „
Rawalpindi Indian Restaurant is situated right in the heart of Glasgow's bustling Sauchiehall Street. It is right next door to the Kama Sutra, also and Indian Restaurant, so it is easy to find and easily accessible from the street. I have visited this establishment on many occasions over the years and was first attracted to the restaurant upon seeing that they offer a three course business lunch for around £4. They still offer this deal from Monday to Friday between 12-3pm and it is excellent value for money. All menus are displayed on the windows of the restaurant and can be viewed from the street outside. This is brilliant for seeing beforehand whether you fancy anything on the menu before going in and then discovering that the food on offer is not for you and then having to up and leave, which lets face it is very embarrassing. Included in the lunch offer, as your main course, are a vast array of curries to suit both vegetarian and spicy preferences. These are served with rice and with the likes of chicken, lamb and beef on offer there is a lot of meat to choose from. Each time that I have visited this restaurant I have never been let down by my main course which has always been nothing short of absolutely delicious. There is also a wide selection of starters to choose as part of the business lunch. I always opt for the pakora which is extremely tasty and the sauce that it is served with is lovely. It is the best pakora sauce that I have tasted. Dessert as part of this offer entitles you to a cup of tea, coffee or ice cream. For its meagre price, this business lunch is definitely great value for money in my view. All elements of my meals at Rawalpindi have always been perfect. If you are just looking for a nice lunch whilst out shopping for the day or seeing the sights of the town, then you should take Rawalpindi up on this offer and I am sure that you will not be disappointed. For £5.50, slightly dearer than the aforementioned offer, you can upgrade to the buffet lunch which is offered on the same terms as the business lunch. I have tried this once and with this you are free to pick and choose from the food on offer and take as much as you like. It is simply a case of help yourself. I usually opt for the business lunch as I feel that this more than adequately satisfies my appetite. However, a greater selection of tasty food is on offer with the buffet. For instance, for starters, chicken pakora, chaat and bhajis are on offer, whereas these dishes are not included as part of the business lunch. The same also applies with many of the curries that are offered as part of the buffet. Therefore, if you are looking to try a little bit of everything, it may be worth paying that little bit more and opting for the buffet lunch. If you are eating in Rawalpindi out with the times that these offers apply then you can expect to pay around £8 for a bog standard traditional curry. Also, the portion sizes are substantial, providing better value for money. Whilst it is a little more expensive, I find that Rawalpindi charge more reasonable prices than many other Indian restaurants based on Sauchiehall Street. Drinks are somewhat overpriced, but this usually applies across the board when it comes to restaurant dining. The interior of the restaurant is really nice and features many lovely Indian paintings. They always have nice ambient music playing and I feel that this gives the restaurant a really lovely, warm atmosphere. On all the occasions that I have visited the restaurant it has never been overly busy, so this provides a nice and quiet setting for your meal and means that the buffet is not crowded, which I prefer to noisy, busy restaurants. Upstairs features an additional floor for dining, so this means that the likelihood of turning up to the restaurant and not getting a table is minimal. I have never placed a booking with Rawalpindi and always just turn up and I have never had the misfortune of being turned away. This is an advantage considering that many times that I have visited it has really just been a spur of the moment decision when out and about in Glasgow city centre. Usually the service is brilliant, but on one occasion which happened to be my first date with my now fiancé, we were left to wait for the bill for over 20 minutes after requesting it. At the time we did not mind so much as this gave us the opportunity to get to know one another a little better. However, I could see that this may have proved problematic for those who may have had other commitments and considering that the restaurant was not overly busy I could not really see the justification for our wait. Nonetheless, this has only happened once in all the times that I have been there and otherwise I have no further discrepancies with their service whatsoever. Overall, if you are looking for a nice Indian meal whilst out and about in Sauchiehall Street or just the city centre in general, then you should give Rawalpindi a go, especially around lunch time as its offers cannot be beaten and the food is lovely.