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.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Kebabish Grill’s menu proudly states that the restaurant has the longest charcoal grill in Scotland. This might seem slightly incongruous if you plan on ordering from the Indian section of the menu – the heady barbecue aromas may not necessarily put you in the mood for a curry, especially with the spectacle of the open-plan kitchen allowing diners to watch the flames dance from the grill, tempting them towards the fired feasts. Juicy steaks and burgers line up alongside curryhouse favourites such as masalas and jalfrezis, which can be cooked up with lamb or chicken depending on preference. Vegetarians are, somewhat surprisingly, well catered for with 15 different curry options, all standalone and well devised rather than samey versions of one and other. A strict no-alcohol policy keeps the tables packed with local Southside families rather than doubling up as pre-night out eatery. The grill is put to good use in a number of the Indian options as well, with smoky paneer and lightly charred naan breads just some of the foods feeling the flame-licked benefit.
- High point: Smoky grilled naan bread
- Low point: Very brightly lit
- Notable dish: Sizzling chilli king prawns
- 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