- Telephone 0141 221 7636
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 2pm–midnight.
- Average price £5.95 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.cafesalma.com
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
This charming neighbourhood joint is the answer to the age-old couples' dilemma: what'll it be tonight, darling, Indian or Moroccan? If you can't decide, this is the only place offering two menus, from two separate kitchens, with choices from both so each partner can have their way or mix and match. It's not a gimmick and most customers, especially regulars from the Asian community, rightly consider it a curryhouse, and come for the quality desi-style cooking. Yet the North African cuisine is just as strong, thanks to welcoming owner Hassan Melloul's Moroccan heritage, combined with his experience in the city's Indian eateries. Specialities include rich, juicy tajines like chicken fassi, melding a light onion sauce with dried fruits around a tender joint, or generous salad platters (best for sharing) with roasted peppers and tomatoes or orange-flavoured carrot. From the Indian menu spicy, tender lamb chops are not to be missed, or try the house-speciality koftas. There are also biryanis and various kormas, plus dishes such as shahi bhuna, adding boiled egg to mild tikka lamb or succulent chicken on the bone. In an attempt to cater for everybody, they even do burgers, pizzas and fish and chips, although there's no alcohol allowed in this halal favourite.
It’s a case of 2-in-1 at Café Salma –- Moroccan or Indian? Halal meat is used in both menus and there are also some herbs and spices in common. On the Indian menu, pakora makes up the bulk of starters – aubergine has a pleasing consistency as a vegetable, but in this popular snack, it is trumped by the more classic mushroom. The flavour is much louder in the garlic and coriander naan, good value too. The grilled spicy lamb chops are best straight of the smoky grill in Salma's bustling ground floor. A little excessive oil does not however take the sheen off a good Punjabi karahi curry, while various kofta dishes are something of a house specialty. Their delivery drivers, often clad in shirt and tie, could be the smartest in town.
- High point: Generous portions
- Low point: Choice is a bit overwhelming
- Delivery: £1.50-£3
- Private dining: 55-65
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Asian and Arab Pop
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: 65
- Open since: 2007
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