7 Church Street, Glasgow, G11 5JP
  • Telephone 0141 339 7711
  • Food served Sun–Thu 5–10.30pm; Fri/Sat 5–11pm. (Takeaway: Sun–Thu 5–11pm; Fri/Sat 5-11.30pm)
  • Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
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A quick glance at the glass frontage at Balbir’s suggests the restaurant may be of moderate size – upon entering, however, it’s apparent that this is one of Glasgow’s most expansive Indian eateries, accommodating up to 150 diners at a time. Catering to this scale can often lead towards the banqueting route, yet the ethos is very much engineered towards fine dining. Starters – which appear under the more fashionable title ‘small plates’ – are conservative yet mightily impressive. Tandoori salmon has enjoyed a coarse char from a fierce heat, darkening the outside of the fillet yet keeping the fish moist. Lamb fillet, lightly coated in a nice balance of cinnamon and fenugreek, arrives blushing pink. Although mains are chicken-heavy, selection encompasses some fine fish choices (all using prime cuts or ingredients). A traditional Bengali-influenced curry sees monkfish in fiery sauce that is finished off with yoghurt and green chilli, while old favourite lamb biryani has been reduced to an intense, deep consistency. Substantial changes for this site are in the pipeline yet expect Balbir’s to retain the elegance that it has now become renowned for during its decade-long stay in Church Street.

  • High point: Homemade paneer
  • Low point: Peshwari naan too thick
  • Notable dish: Lamb fillet
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  • Delivery: £2-3 in local area only
  • Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic
  • Live entertainment: Occasional jazz pianist
  • Capacity: 150
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

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6. weeminou22 Apr 2011, 4:37pm5 stars Balbir's Report

When I was in Glasgow last month, I made my usual pilgrimage to Balbir's. The food was better than ever. we were a medium sized group and everyone enjoyed everything. Balbir's trick of not using ghee is so clever. The food is full of flavour, and yet so light. Can't wait to get back next month

5. wills24 Mar 2011, 2:52pm5 stars Balbir's Report

very good servise and no problems with online reservation

4. Andy W1 Sep 2010, 1:20am1 star Balbir's Report

I thoroughly enjoyed Balbir's when it 1st opened in the West End. It offered innovative food, comfortable surroundings and excellent service. I stopped going about a year ago because I felt that the standard of food had dropped to the merely average.
I revisited it today and really wished I hadn't. The decor is early Co-op
funeral parlour and gives you a real flavour of where your relatives are liable to have your post funeral do, if they don't like you.
The service remains excellent ,if you don't deviate from the script i.e. enquire about something that isn't on the menu.
The menu itself has reverted to what you could order in the 70's. Specials have disappeared- there is a tasting menu but unless this is your first experience of Indian dining ,there's little on it to excite.
Portions are small. Generally the food is ok (one up from Pataks Sauce) but hugely overpriced .This is a restaurant to be avoided unless all of those surrounding it are closed.

3. BigMc12 Dec 2009, 3:16am5 stars Balbir's Report

I was never a lover of Indian restaurants until Balbirs appeared on the scene. Virtually pressganged into a night out with boys in 2006 I went againt my wishes. It is now December 2009 and I / We have been in Balbirs not less than monthly since then.

I / We just love the place and sadly we have introduced others there making it more crowded as they have repeated bookings.

The meals are fantastic and the staff are great.

The banquet is an experience so dont have a quick "Greggs" just to fill a "space" mid afternoon. Nothing wrong with Greggs but not advisable before the banquet.

The negative side is Nickies' ties he really needs a lady in his life to sort him out. Know what I mean Nick !

The Bhel Puri and Tandoori Salmon is a must.

Overall 11 /10 for this restaurant. IS THAT POSSIBLE ?

2. DAB29 Oct 2008, 3:20am5 stars Balbir's Report

We had an excellent meal at Balbirs. Good tasty food combinations resulting in a treat for the tastebuds. Tell the waiting staff what you fancy and enjoy the result. Best to book as it gets very busy

1. Andy D19 May 2008, 8:30pm5 stars Balbir's Report

Very nice food. One of the best Indians in Glasgow. the banquet is a must. They do takeaway as well which is great as we live just around the corner.

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Average rating 4.5/5 from 6 reviews of Balbir's.

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