Glasgow takes curry very seriously. Since 2001, it’s been crowned the Curry Capital of Britain four times. Tikka Masala was even invented in the Dear Green Place. Whether you’re looking for a classic hot vindaloo, some modern street food or fragrant fine-dining dishes, you’ll find them all in incredible abundance in Glasgow.
Such is the range of Indian eateries in the city you may feel a bit bamboozled by the choices on offer. So, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five favourites to help you decide.
Don’t be fooled by the cool shabby-chic café decor at Horn Please, this fine dining Indian restaurant is anything but scruffy. Its menu is bursting with creative Indian dishes. While you’ll find a curry or two here, sink your teeth into the crusted rack of lamb with spinach and potato, or grilled duck breast in a butter sauce. If you’re feeling adventurous, the bread pakora (aka a pakora sandwich) is a must.
2.Mister Singh's India
Looking for a more traditional Scottish Indian dining experience? Make Mister Singh’s India your first port of call. On the menu here are worthy favourites, classic tandoori and curry dishes. For those feeling brave and inspired by the coolest city in Scotland, go all-out and order a portion of its famous haggis samosas and curry. If this meal wasn’t Scottish enough already, it’s also served up by strapping kilted waiters.
3.Mother India’s Café
If it’s a Glasgow institution you’re after, then uber-popular Mother India's Café is just the place for you. Founded in the ‘90s and famous the city over for making one of the best curries in town, these guys are all about casual drop-in dining – so they don’t take bookings, and most weekends (and sometimes weeknights) you’ll find queues snaking out of the door. But believe us: if you’ve got the time, it’s worth the wait.
4.Crossing the Rubicon
If Indian food and an especially good pint of beer sounds like an ideal evening, look no further than West End hipster bar Crossing the Rubicon. It’s equally renowned for its delicious Indian menu as it is for an ever-changing craft beer menu, appealing to diverse tastes. With a fine selection of dishes such as ox cheek bhuna, venison madras and the now legendary “naanwich” – a naan bread sandwich stuffed full of the curry and rice – what’s not to love?
One of the newest and most popular additions to the city’s Indian food scene is Tuk Tuk. Located on the bustling Sauchiehall Street, Tuk Tuk offers a casual atmosphere with a modern take on traditional Indian dishes. Indulgent street food-style curries, scrumptious roadside snacks and small plates await; its butter chicken is particularly spectacular.