The Wee Curry Shop
A dinky city centre curry house that’s packed to the rafters with atmosphere, big flavours, and traditional sub-continental cuisine.
Few in the city pull off the same level of culinary excellence as this diminutive yet high-octane restaurant. Resembling a colonial railway carriage during the Raj, a handful of tables are crammed into what seems an unworkably small space. Chefs cook all-hands-to-the-karahi in an open kitchenette, firing out a phantasmagoria of flavours while leaving enough time to bring out dishes to the tables themselves. Curried haddock is served without fanfare and still in its tinfoil – ginger, turmeric, mustard seeds and green chillies do the talking here. Chicken pakora boast crunch and aromatic spice in equal measure, while lamb karahi is yielding and tenderised, with the crunch of diced fresh peppers lending texture. Yet it’s the vegetable dishes that bring it on home – smoked aubergine works wonders with okra and ghee-saturated potatoes, while a chana dhal is to be eaten by the spoonful – a heavenly buttered texture somehow allows the individual bite of each pulse to play out, too. This is a place of frenetic energy, frightfully good cooking and an atmosphere you’d be hard-placed to force or replicate.
- High point: Cosy vibes
- Low point: Getting your elbows out
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: none
- Capacity: 24
- Largest group: 24
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £12.50 per bottle
Reviews & features
Neat diners around town & beyond5 Mar 2009
The Wee Curry Shop 7 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow 0141 353 0777, www.motherindia.co.uk For over a decade this Garnethill dining room has been one of Glasgow's best loved little eating spots, with just 25 covers but a big reputation for simple, fresh…