The buzzing Kebabish Grill offers a rare opportunity to try South Asian barbecue in a convivial and family-friendly atmosphere.
Simple, desi (or country) style cooking is the order of the day at Kebabish – although the grill flames, flashing with sparks of oil, add urban flare to the local streetscape. The spit-roasted baby chicken is the show-stealer. There’s not much to it – a few spices and some hot sauce – but the result is soft, yielding meat beneath a charcoal-crisped skin. The machli grill, spiced fish pieces, are also a good appetiser, and the traditional on-the-bone curries such as karahi and nehari offer tantalising Punjabi flavours. While the curries don’t suffer from travelling, the grills are best enjoyed as quickly as possible as their journey in a box means they get a bit of extra steaming – but it’s all still good.
When you think of South Asian cuisine, grill is not the first thing that comes to mind. But this restaurant in Glasgow’s Southside is doing a great job at putting it on the map. Kebabish Grill bursts with local spirit, and it’s a particularly popular spot for family and group dining. Tables packed with sizzling plates of spicy chicken, lamb, fish and vegetables show that the charcoal grill is indeed the restaurant’s biggest asset, and the large open kitchen allows visitors to see exactly how it works. A good list of western grill staples can be found alongside the typical tikkas and kebabs that come with lavish yoghurt dips. For those who are new to the concept, the patty-shaped minced chapli kebab is a good start, followed by any of the marinated chicken options – the chicken boti with typical South Asian spices is a solid bet. For fans of curry house foods, there is a section of chef’s specials, with the gingery dedo karahi gosht as the star of the show.
- High point: Quality food at accessible prices
- Low point: Music is too loud
- Notable dish: Chicken boti, muglai chicken
- Delivery: £1.50 approx 1.5 mile radius, minimum order £10
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Bollywood music
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2005