Charan Gill opens Slumdog Bar and kitchen

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  • 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


1. Romi13 Jan 2010, 1:29pm Report

I went for dinner to Slumdog last Thursday night.

Due to being slightly lazy and not wanting to try the same old Indian food, (chicken pakora etc) - me and my partner let the waiter choose our dinner.

To start we shared spiced onions, chutney of sorts, along with popadoms.

The waiter ordered:

2 starters, 2 mains and 1 dessert to share.

This consisted of lamb kebabs, a wrap filled with lovely spiced veg with chickpeas - chicken and beef curries for main, to which I cannot remember the names of but were lovely all the same.

The dessert was strange as I'd never had anything like it before: Ice cream, coconut and rice....with dark syrup. Not exactly my taste but was nice to try something different.

I would say if you were to eat at this restaurant you should def let the waiter order for you! I felt good not having a typical Indian.

The waiter's advice was to go in a group and share a few dishes as our dinner + a bottle of the cheapest white wine cost us approx £50, that's including the tip.

All in all, very nice restaurant - excellent service and would def go again (but possibly in a group!)

2. solares2 Mar 2011, 12:14am Report

es un lugar increible por fortuna he podido estar en lugares magnificos y aun asi este me sorprendio,

3. solares2 Mar 2011, 12:14am Report

quisiera saber como puedo contactar al sr. Charan ?

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