This restaurant has ceased trading.
- Telephone 0141 221 1761
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–midnight
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri 3–7pm
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This review is taken from the 2009 edition.
A Glasgow fixture since 1982, this Ashoka is not part of the popular Harlequin-owned chain of the same name. Downstairs is the 110-capacity Curryoke restaurant, where you can experience a full banquet plus a spot of singing, while upstairs the father-and-son owners have created a cosier space, recently separated from the karaoke venue. It's busy with young couples and businessmen, perhaps drawn to the massive selection of malts or the ambitious wine list. The décor is eccentric – safari-inspired chairs alongside Scottish and a splash of Persian – and so is the food. Father Siroos has introduced an oven-baked theme to the majority of the main dishes, baking each one in an open ceramic dish rather than the usual stove-top pan. A Lamb Dampokhet, recommended as a Persian speciality, offers workaday meat in a dark, viscous sauce topped with an egg and a round of bread. It's an interesting concept, as is the Neshilli chicken Garlic with cognac and oven-roasted King Prawns, but the unique method means each dish ends up overdone and tasting vaguely similar. Starters come out better, with a rich, chunky dhal topping puffy bread, and a stuffed pepper adding some welcome greenery. Desserts are well presented – but this place suffers from its main menu.
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- Delivery: £1
- Private dining: 50/110
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Classic Hindi
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 140 using downstairs
- Open since: 1982
- House wine: £12.95, £13.95 per bottle
- BYOB: £2 corkage
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