7 Church Street, Glasgow, G11 5JP
  • Telephone 0141 339 7711
  • Food served Mon–Thu 5–10pm; Fri/Sat 5–10.30pm; Sun 4–9.30pm. (Brasserie: Mon–Sat noon–9pm; Fri/Sat 1–9pm)
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Birra Moretti

A modern and creative take on ancient Indian recipes, pedantic preparation and fresh, quality ingredients make Balbir’s an unmissable destination.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The elegant and smooth Balbir’s boasts one of the most exciting reinventions of ancient Indian dishes. Its main dining area is secluded at the back of the restaurant, while a sleek modern brasserie with a menu of its own occupies the front end. With a clean and simple décor against the backdrop of classical music and a staff working like clockwork, the stage is set for a unique culinary experience. The crisp panni poori – round crackers with chickpeas and zesty tamarind sauce – are a good way to awaken the taste buds. From the chicken pudina to the salmon tandoori and lamb fillet, one can sense a distinct freshness of ingredients. Particularly well devised, the creamy coconut sauce of the Goanese fish curry is perked up by the sharp tamarind and green chilli. Wise diners will simply let the staff take the helm, and devise the ideal combination and order of dishes. Even for the well acquainted with Indian cuisine, Balbir’s will stand out for its exceptional food.

  • High point: Staff adapt banquet menu to diner's preferences
  • Low point: In the higher price range for Indian dining
  • Notable dish: Chicken pudina, panni poori
  • Average price: £22 (dinner)
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  • Delivery: £2-3 in 1.5 mile radius
  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening jazz and classical music
  • Live entertainment: Occasional jazz evening
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16.70 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5 bottle wine, £2 beer, £8 fizz corkage