The 10 Best Indian Restaurants in Glasgow Right Now
The best Indian restaurants in Glasgow, and how absolutely mental Glaswegians go for the food served at them, have earned the city the very appropriate reputation as being the curry capital of Scotland. Some may even argue it’s the curry capital of the UK, but that’s a debate for another time.
Being a fan of Indian food in Glasgow is rather like being an excited kid in a sweetshop. There’s so much choice and you know it’s all good, but knowing where to start seems like the hardest decision in the world.
So, to help you on your way, here are all the deets on the 10 best Indian restaurants in Glasgow right now.
Mister Singh’s India
Mister Singh’s India will charm your socks off. It’s been in the game for over 20 years and has been run by three generations of the same family. The food brings tastes of India, obviously, but Mister Singh’s India adds its own Scottish twist via signature fusion dishes like haggis chasni and mince & tatties curry. The icing on the cake is that the food is brought to your table by waiting staff sporting kilts as well as turbans.
When to go: Good for everything from a 5-course banquet to corporate hospitalityWhat to eat: The ambala, a Singh family signature dish that’s top-secretAtmosphere: Lively, friendly, always busyAddress: 149 Elderslie Street, Glasgow G3 7JRPrice: Depends what meat you choose. The ambala with haggis is £10.95
Dakhin is one of the most unique Indian restaurants in Glasgow because it serves completely gluten-free South Indian food. In fact, it’s the only Indian restaurant in the whole UK with an entirely gluten-free menu, and it’s even been given recognition by Coeliac UK. Being South Indian, the food at Dakhin goes big on coconut and lentils, and there’s even a handpicked wine list to complement. The vibe is casual and the restaurant is big.
When to go: Go for the lunch or pre-theatre menus for outstanding valueWhat to eat: Try the samundra dosa for something uniquely southernAtmosphere: Bright, modern, welcomingAddress: 89 1st Floor, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NPPrice: Lunch is £9.95, pre-theatre £14.95, à la carte varies a bit
Cafe India Glasgow
Cafe India calls itself the jewel of Merchant City and we’ve got no grounds to disagree. It’s one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Glasgow so, unlike Dakhin, it keeps things quite old school in terms of what you probably expect from an Indian restaurant and its menu. But there’s no school like the old school, so expect an à la carte menu that features all the dishes you know and love done with plenty of high-quality Cafe India flair, as well as some premium meats.
When to go: Saturday night for the proper Cafe India experienceWhat to eat: The Lahori lamb chop or a classic masalaAtmosphere: Varied seating and cool lighting make it quite the happening spotAddress: 29 Albion Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G11LHPrice: You could eat from the à la carte for less than £20
Masala Twist – City Centre
You know an Indian restaurant in Glasgow is good when it sets up shop in more than one location, which is exactly what Masala Twist has done. In total there are five restaurants in the Masala Twist group, but the Glasgow city centre restaurant is our favourite. It’s a cosy, award-winning spot that serves what is claimed to be the hottest chicken curry in Scotland, as well as dishes involving exotic or Scottish meats ranging from camel and crocodile to rabbit and venison.
When to go: Only over 21s are allowed here, so when the occasion is without the kidsWhat to eat: The Jaisalmeri camel curry for something truly differentAtmosphere: There’s a lovely ambience hereAddress: 261-263 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3PSPrice: The camel curry is £14.95
Wee Curry Shop
There are two Wee Curry Shops to choose from. They’re both small, they’re both boutique and they’re both very picturesque. And they both serve good curry, obviously, which is what makes them so popular among everyone in Glasgow, from students through to tourists. This means the Wee Curry Shops tend to be full of a pretty eclectic crowd. This is particularly the case for the Buccleuch Street restaurant as it’s right in the mixer amongst Glasgow’s theatres and city centre attractions.
When to go: Perfect for pre-theatre, any day of the weekWhat to eat: Start with the tandoori haddock before a veggie main of leek daalAtmosphere: Old-school, cosy, no-frillsAddress: 7 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow G3 6SJPrice: Very cheap. The above starter and main combo is less than £15
Mother India’s Cafe
Mother India’s Cafe is consistently voted as one of the best Indian restaurants in Glasgow because it brings something completely unique to the scene: Indian tapas. In the heart of the West End, casual and social dining is the name of the game at Mother India’s Cafe, with the team always striving to keep you comfortable. Nibble away on seriously high-quality little plates of Indian food and take the edge off at this Glasgow Indian restaurant with a difference.
When to go: An extended lunch here is a real treatWhat to eat: Order a lot to be shared – it’s all good!Atmosphere: Social and comfortable, like a gastropubAddress: 1355 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8ADPrice: Most little plates are under a fiver
Probably Glasgow’s most Instagrammable Indian restaurant, KoolBa definitely wins the award for the coolest restaurant interior. It’s a contemporary-looking spot with food to match, so dishes are more than just a bowl of curry with rice on the side. They’re rich, colourful, quite light and often there’s some Mediterranean and North African influence as well. Order anything from hummus to Persian kebabs and all the Indian classics you know and love.
When to go: The food is worthy of a special occasionWhat to eat: Take someone to dine with and share the Persian Kebab FeastAtmosphere: Cool and quirky, yet pretty refinedAddress: 109 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NPPrice: Around £25 per person
Obsession of India
Obsession of India is exactly what it says on the tin: a Glasgow Indian restaurant that’s obsessed (in a good way) with serving some of the finest subcontinental fare in the city. It’s in the heart of Merchant City so most in Glasgow know it, and while there’s know real quirky or fashionable twist here, sometimes all you need is good, proper, extremely high-quality curry and nothing else.
When to go: The food is worthy of a special occasionWhat to eat: Take someone to share the Persian Kebab Feast withAtmosphere: Cool and quirky yet pretty refinedAddress: 109 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NPPrice: Around £25 per person
Horn Please stands out from the busy Indian food scene in Glasgow in more ways than one. The name is one you’ll remember and, more importantly, the food is a curious fusion between Indian and other Asian cuisines. As a result you’ll find tapas-style plates like crusted rack of lamb with spinach, potato and a tomato & coconut sauce, or spiced and seared haggis with fennel and mango chutney salad. Horn Please is yet another example of why Indian food in Glasgow is some of the best in the UK.
When to go: Lunch is served Wed-Fri and the value is outstanding. 3 tapas for £7.50What to eat: Mix & match is the only way hereAtmosphere: Cool, contemporaryAddress: 91 Berkeley Street, Glasgow G3 7DXPrice: Between £10-20 per person
Maybe the most memorable name of all for quite obvious reasons, this Kama Sutra is perfect if you think you’re running out of new curries to try. Kama Sutra provide a menu that’s brimming with signature dishes and the restaurant has been in the game since 1996. The idea has always been to provide a dining experience that appeals to all the senses, meaning you’re in for a meal that you’ll definitely remember.
When to go: Kama Sutra is best suited for an evening visitWhat to eat: Try the sizzling Scottish scallops with garlic and Indian masalaAtmosphere: SensualAddress: 331 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3HWPrice: You can fill up nicely for £20 max.