Mother India's Café
Wildly popular branch of the Mother India family at Kelvingrove, offering tapas-style portions of immaculately spiced Indian dishes.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
As the queues that snake around the corner on any given Saturday night testify, Mother India’s Café is one of the jewels in Glasgow’s curry crown with a popularity that shows no signs of waning. The tapas-style portions are a stroke of genius, allowing diners to indulge in the vivid variety of flavours on offer – as far away from the identikit saucing of a bog-standard curryhouse as it’s possible to get. A special of smoked chicken and green peas is next-level comfort food, a perfect foil to earthy, garlicky lamb saag and lip-puckering chicken achari, slow-cooked in lime pickle. Veggies are well-served with pleasingly squeaky paneer pakora and copper pans of densely creamy dhal makahni, while a ghee-glazed missi naan hiding layers of potato and rice cut through with pickled lemon and roast cashews is the pick of the sides. Take in the view of the Kelvingrove Museum opposite as you polish off your salted lassi and try not to catch the eye of anyone in the queue desperately coveting your table.
- High point: Tapas style works like a dream with Indian food
- Low point: Brace yourself for a queue
- Notable dish: Smoked chicken special
- 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