7 Church Street, Glasgow, G11 5JP
  • Telephone 0141 339 7711
  • Food served Mon–Fri 5–10pm; Sat 4–10pm; Sun 4–9pm
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With a finger on the culinary pulse, old and new, Balbir's serve thrilling dishes in grand surroundings.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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In a city renowned for the strength of its Indian restaurants, Balbir’s stands out as one of the very best, with time-honoured classics and contemporary creations served in a relaxing environment with opulent décor. The Church Street restaurant has an extra string to its bow: the Balbir’s brasserie has been open for around 18 months, bringing small, regional dishes onto the menu. Sample them as starters, or go in for lunch, but either way take advantage of the exciting additional options. All the way from Maharashtra, the pav bhaji is a mouthwatering, buttery sensation. Crisp pani puri, round crackers stuffed with potato and chickpea and topped with tamarind water, warm up the palate – and constructing them is an entertaining ritual in itself. In the main restaurant, the Goanese fish curry is essential, with the flavours of fresh green chilli, tamarind and curry leaf all palpable. Banquet-style dining is still a highlight, where guests’ dietary requirements, tastes and desire to experiment are all taken into account, before knowledgeable staff create a menu for your table to share.

The List's rating






Craig Angus visited Balbir's on 20 February 2018
  • High point: Banquet dining ideal for groups
  • Low point: Restaurant is at the higher end of price range
  • Notable dish: Pav bhaji, Goanese fish curry
  • Average price: £20 (dinner)
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  • Delivery: £2-3 in 1.5 mile radius
  • Private dining: Various spaces available, 12 to 60
  • 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: Classical music
  • Live entertainment: Occasional jazz evening
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £20 per bottle
  • BYOB: £6 bottle wine, £8 fizz corkage

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17 Apr 2018

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