- Telephone 0141 339 7711
- Food served Sun–Thu 5–10.30pm; Fri/Sat 5–11pm. (Takeaway: Sun–Thu 5–11pm; Fri/Sat 5-11.30pm)
- Average price £21 (evening meal)
- Website www.balbirsrestaurants.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
Dining at Balbir’s is a sumptuous experience. The large elegantly designed space creates an immediate sense of well-being while the interesting, reasonably priced wine list and well-stocked bar ensure that all tastes are catered for. Negotiating the menu can be complex and diners who sidestep the excellent-value banquet-style tasting menus may find themselves with an unexpectedly large bill. However, signature dishes such as butter chicken and paneer palak are indeed uniquely crafted. The outstanding starter of mussels malabar in a garlic, mustard and tamarind infused broth has been devised and tested by Balbir himself who after 40 years developing the internationally renowned Glasgow curryhouse scene continues to instigate new recipes and directions. Although the menu takes an eclectic approach to the cuisine of the subcontinent, a distinct inclination to Goan and South Indian is discernible in the range of unique fish dishes on offer. Fish is delivered fresh every day by the unbeatable MacCallum’s of Troon, and a Bengali machi of monkfish simmered in yogurt with mustard, tomato and green chilli washed down with a delicately spiced St Mungo’s ale provide a satisfying fusion of the best of Scotland and India.
- High point: Elegant setting
- Low point: A rather bland Jaipuri jeera
- Notable dish: Mussels Malabar
- Delivery: £2-3 in local area only
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Contemporary jazz
- Live entertainment: Occasional jazz pianist
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 90 (Mon–Thu)
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle
Save Asia's Vultures Benefit Dinner
Support three species of vulture threatened with extinction at this charity banquet dinner, prepared by Balbir's Indian Restaurant. Plus, an expert speaker from RSPB and a raffle. £6 of each ticket goes directly to the Save Asia's Vultures work.
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