Charan Gill opens Slumdog Bar and kitchen

  • The List
  • 19 November 2009
Charan Gill opens Slumdog Bar and kitchen

Having sold the Harlequin Group of restaurants four years ago for a cool £8 million, Charan Gill’s re-entry into the Glasgow scene was always going to stir up interest. From getting hold of the Slumdog name to tapping into the energetic zeitgeist of contemporary, cosmopolitan India, Gill’s ambition and populist touch seem unquenchable, and it’s not hard to envisage this restaurant and street-front bar rocking with Christmas parties over the next month. Slumdog, located in the old Sauchiehaugh bar not far from Charing Cross, seats over 150, its bare-brick walls, silk-backed chairs, antique carved doors and coloured pendant lights bringing a smart if studied Bollywood glamour. The menu promises Mumbai street food and is led out by kati rolls, a toasted paratha stuffed with meat or vegetables, and bhel puri, a ball of puffed rice, lentils and potato, which are fine as far as they go in the context of snack food alongside a specially formulated ‘Jai Ho’ cocktail or Slumdog Premium lager (brewed by WEST at Glasgow Green), but fairly quickly the menu takes on a familiar look with samosas, pakora, kebabs and tandoori curries, not to mention that old fail-safe, fish and chips.

+ Top billing for Bollywood-infused party action
- Food lower down the list of credits

Slumdog Bar & Kitchen
410 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
0141 333 9933
Mon–Sun noon–11pm
Ave. price two-course evening meal £17

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