Mother India's Café
Wildly popular branch of the Mother India family at Kelvingrove, offering tapas-style portions of immaculately spiced Indian dishes.
Originally opened in 2004, its name fast became synonymous with inventive Indian cuisine in Glasgow. Now in its teens, Mother India’s Café makes serving brilliant food seem like an effortless task, but this is by no means incidental. Everything in the restaurant is a result of foresight and care, including the famous no-booking policy, introduced to maintain the casual café style, with quick, short meals and a swift turnaround. In keeping with its ‘twist on tapas’ tagline, the usual starters-and-mains menu is discarded in favour of a one-page list of small home-style dishes with an original touch. The small-size large-variety combination is great for mixing and matching classics with less common dishes. A wondrously flavour-rich but mild dhal makhni or subtly acidic cold-served dai pullay are delectable vegetarian options. On the other end of the piquancy spectrum, the ginger and spinach chicken is tailor-made for curry lovers with a higher spice threshold. Even in the delicate, thin layers of the modest paratha, diners will find a discernible difference from the standard curry house version.
- High point: A big choice of lighter, less-creamy dishes
- Low point: No bookings
- Notable dish: Ginger chicken and spinach leaf
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 49
- Largest group: No bookings
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £16 per bottle