Ashoka Ashton Lane
- Telephone 0141 337 1115
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–11.45pm; Fri/Sat noon–12.45am; Sun 5–11.45pm
- Average price £7.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Website www.ashokarestaurants.com
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
In a city with a richly spiced history in curry cuisine, the Ashoka chain (under the franchised auspices of the Harlequin Leisure Group) has stood proud with a presence here for over 40 years, which is about as long as longevity gets in Glasgow. While a common thread of dependable, mainstream and crowd-pleasing curries connects all the branches there are variations, particularly in age and appearance, ranging from the original West End venue (opened 1973) close to Kelvingrove Park to the most recent outpost at the Quay (opened 2006). In between those two, branches sprang up on the cool cobbles of Ashton Lane, in suburban Bearsden and in Muirend on the city’s Southside. Starters typically range from pakora (including the very popular haggis variety at most branches) and bhajis to the sweet and spicy chicken chaat drumsticks and big platters offering variety tasters. For mains, North Indian favourites rule (dhansaks, bhoonas, kormas, dopiazas) with the occasional dosa from South India or Himalayan hotpot making appearances at some branches. Tandoori grill selections are common and popular, offering meaty treats such as blackened, succulent lamb chops, lamb tikka and kebabs. There are a few non-curry options, too, with burgers at the Quay joining the usual 'European' dishes typical of curryhouses, such as fish and chips or steak. Most branches only open in the evening – the exception being Ashton Lane and the Quay, while all generally offer some good deals, whether for midweek dining or for takeaways.
- High point: Dependable, quality curries to hand for most Glaswegians
- Low point: Can feel a little lacking in surprises
- Delivery: £1.75 Zone 1 (G3, 11, 12, 20], £2.50 Zone 2 (G13, 14)
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Post-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 72
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 1992
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £15.50 per bottle