Mother India

Mother India
28 Westminster Terrace, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7RU
  • Telephone 0141 221 1663
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 5.30–10.30pm; Fri noon–11pm; Sat 1–11pm; Sun 1–10pm
  • Food served Mon–Thu 5.30–10.30pm; Fri 12.30–11pm; Sat 1–11pm; Sun 1–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5.30–6.45pm; Fri 12.30– 4.30pm; Sat/Sun noon–4.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12.50
  • Email
  • Website
Photo of Mother India

High quality, big hitter of an Indian restaurant serving a fusion of Punjabi and British cuisine and living up to its well-earned reputation as one of the best.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2018/19 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £7.95 (+p&p).

A Glasgow institution, Mother India’s reputation precedes it. Decades after opening, and with plenty of pretenders to the throne, the restaurant is still hugely popular. While the menu could perhaps use a shake-up – as a location there's not many better. The upstairs dining room is an environment of veritable splendour, an elegant Victorian setting that pays tribute to one of Glasgow’s favourite sons with high-backed Rennie Mackintosh chairs. The fusion between Punjabi and Scottish (or British) is the key to understanding Mother India, with the majority of dishes either seafood, chicken or lamb – the vegetarian options are few. There’s no shortage of signature dishes though. To start, crab and prawn dosa is soft and fragrant. The raan, a leg of lamb for two to share, is worth the half hour wait, while butter chicken is exceptional – a creamy, clove and green cardomon infused delight that would win over anyone. The subtly spiced sea bass meanwhile, is served with dauphinoise-style potatoes, playing with the notion of what a curry house is - in Mother India’s case, it’s still a venue of the highest quality.

The List's rating






Craig Angus visited Mother India on 4 March 2018
  • High point: Butter chicken renowned for a reason
  • Low point: Vegetarian options could be bigger
  • Notable dish: Lamb mussalum with ladyfingers
  • Average price: £12.50 (set lunch); £23.50 (dinner)
Glasgow Larder

Listed in the Glasgow Larderorder a print copy (free + p&p).

  • Private dining: 30/60/80
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 135
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1990
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £20 per bottle
  • BYOB: £3.50 wine / £6.50 fizz corkage

Reviews & features

Best place for a romantic meal in Glasgow

31 May 2018

It's all about good food, candlelit dinners and stylish interiors at these romantic restaurants in Glasgow

If you've been looking for the right place to wine and dine that special someone, we may have just the ticket. We've picked out some of Glasgow's top dining destinations to woo your date with good food and drink.

Profile: Glasgow’s spicelord Monir Mohammed

3 Jul 2015

Glasgow doesn’t need an official title to know it’s still the curry capital of Britain

Glasgow prides itself on being the curry capital of Britain, even if it doesn’t always walk away with the official title – the city missed out last time by the narrowest of public votes. There are curries available, and pretty good ones too, on just…