Kebabish Grill

Kebabish Grill
323–325 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 7SA
  • Telephone 0141 424 1879
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 1pm–midnight.
  • Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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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.

Takeaway review
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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8. jacqueline habibi17 May 2013, 3:44pm Report

I have recently been to kebabish in Victoria rd,and on each occasion has been a lovely experience for myself and family. The staff have always been very welcoming and very helpful and are only too happy to explain the menu and advise.It is a nice comfortable place and im delighted as its on my doorstep
and so i would nt be bothered to travel into town for a good meal...thankyou

7. mn1 Nov 2012, 10:04pm5 stars Kebabish Grill Report

Absolutely delicious lamb chops to die for! I would particularly recommend the grilled food, although I have sampled some of the curries and I have never been disappointed.

6. Nila Seebaruth28 Aug 2012, 1:07pm Report

After recommendations from friends my husband decided to take my daughter and I to the Kebabish in Victoria Road for my birthday. What an utter disappointment, waste of time, waste of money and a damper on my birthday. The restaurant was average. There were rotten fruits in the fruit cabinet and it was not that clean. We ordered garlic prawns for starter and it was nothing to rave about. The fruit juice cocktail was the worse drink we ever had. Even water taste nice. It was watery and tasteless and I could not drink it. I ordered tandoori king prawns and was assured by the waiter that it was mild. Well fire was coming out of my mouth. I hate to think what the hot version would be like. I could not eat it. The pilau rice that my daughter and i ordered was disgusting. I have never tasted such horrible rice and I know my rice in all my life. All it was was hard lumpy rice with a ti nge of brown through it. To me it seems it was cooked a few days ahead. I had pilau rice before and even the package pilau rice they sell in the supermarkets is a lot superior that the Kebabish had to offer. In all we wasted a lot of money on rubbish food and I certainly would not go there again or recommend it to anyone. My birthday treat was well ruined thanks to the Kebabish. We pay a lot of money and we deserve better food and service.

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4. LYNCH15 Feb 2012, 5:12am1 star Kebabish Grill Report

Very poor service staff is out of touch completely food is average will prefer a slice of bread with jam then having a dinner at this place

3. mortal1 Mar 2010, 3:47pm2 stars Kebabish Grill Report

Visited here on Friday 26 Feb 10 at about half five in the evening. Inside it's a very modern design and nice and bright. However, nobody seemed too interested in seeing us to a table, the nearest waitress was on the phone, she waved to a nearby waiter who showed us to a table next to the only other diners, who were a family with young loud children. We politely asked to be moved to a quieter table which was fine.
The waiter then plonked the menus on the table and walked off without asking if we would like a drink and we never saw a member of staff again for a full 5 minutes. Remember there were only two sets of diners in at this point so they were hardly rushed off their feet.
We placed our order, starters of chilli prawns and garlic prawns and managed to get our drinks. My fresh orange and lemonade was excellent, they seemed to have used freshly squeezed orange in the drink, wonderfully refereshing.The starters arrived and it was good sized potions of tiny prawns smothered in sauce with plenty of salad. Both dishes were ok, but nothing more.
Our mains were chicken chilli masala and lamb biryani accompanied with a sweet nann. Ordered another fresh orange and lemonade from the disinterested waiter, who returned with a glass of fresh orange...doh!
Eventually got another waiter to correct it. The mains were ok. The chilli chiken masala sporting a lovely sauce, however the biryiani was very average, leaving an unwelcome after taste on my partners tounge. The sweet nann though was lovely, obvioulsy fresh and covered in nuts with what seemed like honey inside.
We noticed other diners coming in and being left for some time without drinks orders being taken and at one point one of the waiters decided to do a bit of hoovering while we were at our main courses.
Overall a very very average experience with some poor service and the food being hit and miss. Will we go back? NO.

2. goldy21 Oct 2009, 12:46pm5 stars Kebabish Grill Report

I was in for a late lunch yesterday and the food and service was spot on we had mixed grill and jumbo chilli prawns which were delicous thank you so much, please consider opening again in the west end as it is a bit of a journey for dinner. I often visited the west end grill but sadly had a few unfortunate comments from the staff there as my friend did to. Our waiter yesterday was fab so may I take this opportunity to thank you again for an unforgatable meal

Best regards irene Mcgoldrick

1. Captain Commando1 Feb 2008, 6:56pm Report

Just as well that the Southside Kebabish is no longer affiliated with the Gibson Street establishment. The former surpasses the latter in every sense. Head for the deep South!

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