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, 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, while all generally offer some good deals, whether for midweek dining or for takeaways.
- Delivery: from £1.75, 3-mile radius G61, G62 (£2.25)
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Indian pop music
- Capacity: 84
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 1997
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £15 per bottle