Restaurant review: Punjabi Charing Cross
Venerable Glasgow curryhouse finally opens a sister restaurant
A venerable curryhouse has finally opened a sister restaurant after 32 years. Jay Thundercliffe discovers it has been worth the wait.
After keeping Southsiders happy for decades at its Paisley Road West original, Punjabi have brought their quality North Indian cuisine to Charing Cross. The new restaurant is in a rather tricky spot, teetering on the edge of the M8, where various pubs have come and gone recently – although being adjacent to ale-house Bon Accord is a huge plus. Inside are remnants of past lives with the fraternal co-owners retaining the old pub’s dark wood bar (well stocked, with Cobra on tap) and gent’s club-style seating while adding warm colours and decorative flourishes creating a comfortable setting, bolstered by friendly, helpful service.
To start there are various pakora – deliciously done, light and plump – and pooris, tandoori snacks and specialities such as the impressive malai chicken, marinated in mild spices, mustard and coconut.
The main dishes – split into popular, tandoori and specials – can be prepared with various meats, fish or vegetables, and include bhoona, biryani, dansak, karahi and a nicely spiced rogan josh. Meat on the bone is recommended as the lamb mulaidhar is a triumphant blend of lean succulent lamb in a rich spinach sauce enlivened with lime, coriander and chunky chilli pieces.
Prices are favourably comparable with the numerous curryhouses nearby and there are great value three-course lunch and pre-theatre deals.
Punjabi Charing Cross, 157–159 North Street, City Centre, G3 7DA. 0141 221 3926
Mon–Wed & Sat/Sun 4.30pm–midnight; Thu/Fri noon–2.30pm, 4.30pm–midnight.
Ave. price two-course meal: £5.95 (set lunch) / £15 (dinner)