- Telephone 0141 424 1879
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 1pm–midnight.
- Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Website www.kebabish-grill.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
Kebabish Grill’s lime green neon sign has been a landmark on Victoria Road for almost ten years, and its enduring popularity with its primarily Asian clientele is easy to understand. On entering the cheery, well-lit restaurant you first pass a huge charcoal grill – the largest in Scotland, apparently – with chefs expertly slinging hunks of meat and fish onto the flames. Accordingly, the menu devotes a full section to grill specialities such as whole fillet of fish with a spice rub and yogurt-marinated lamb chops, and is well worth sampling. Other choices include the eponymous kebabs, traditional dishes such as lamb cooked with fennel and almonds, along with plenty of meat-on-the-bone choices and dry curries. Iced desserts are mainly bought-in, but a homemade, hot, sweet carrot halwa is an unusual and pleasant way to finish. There’s a relaxed, family atmosphere – perhaps due, in part, to the strict no-alcohol policy. Replacing the booze is a dreamy mango lassi, which provides soothing contrast to some of those fiery grill offerings.
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.
- High point: A cut above the average, run-of-the-mill meat ‘n’ curry sauce
- Low point: View of Victoria Road, Glasgow, not Victoria Terminus, Mumbai
- Notable dish: Machli grill - fillet of fish, spiced, fried and grilled
- Delivery: £1.50 approx 2 mile radius, minimum order £10
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Bhangra & Asian pop
- Capacity: 135
- Largest group: 135
- Open since: 2005
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