26A Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 1LU
  • Telephone 0141 221 9251
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am, Sun noon–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun 2–11pm
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun 2–11pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 2–6pm (not December)
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
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Birra Moretti

Cosy wee curry house smack bang in the city centre serving a selection of cult classics and traditional dishes.

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Certain places ooze the essence of the British curry house — this city centre spot is little exception. Bang in the heart of G1, waiters serve up classics in large portions among virescent mood-lighting, ornamental elements and shisha pipes. Predictably, pakoras and bhajis are cooked with aplomb – soft veg and caramelised onion interiors are respectively balanced by the crunchy bite of Bengal gram batter. There’s a wealth of options in the mains arena — largely available in chicken, lamb, prawn or vegetable denominations — with the menu itself broken into tikka, biryani, tandoori and chef’s choices. Crimson-coloured chicken tikka masala fits the bill with blackened charred meat providing counterpoint to an oh-so-creamy sauce. But avoiding cult favourites pays off delicious dividends: lamb kahari desi, stewed off the bone, melts in a heady, umami-rich hit of treacly sauce. The eponymously named karahis race out the kitchen — the shimmer of cast-iron dimples an indicator of the juicy jewels lying within. Nary a foot is put wrong in the sides department either — pilau rice is as fluffy as aromatic chapatis are chewy.

  • High point: Highly solicitous waiting staff
  • Low point: Highly solicitous waiting staff
  • Average price: £6.95 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • 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, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2004 (New management since 2011)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle