The New Pakistani Café
This restaurant has ceased trading.
- Telephone 0141 237 7690
- Food served Mon–Sun 2–11pm.
- Average price £9 (evening meal)
The Pakistani Café had built up a devoted following in the Southside. Unorthodox as it was – loud music, BYOB welcomed and a strict no mobile policy – it earned a place in the hearts of those that loved great home cooking. The good news is that the former owner’s nephew, Qasim, has taken over the reins to keep the place going. There are some changes – a large screen showing Bollywood movie highlights, free wifi and a strict no booze policy – but there is still an easy-going vibe and everyone is made very welcome. The food has changed. Grilled meats are featured and the new chef has introduced items such as kobedah – Persian style kebabs. Gone are some home-cooked favourites such as the veggie specials but everything on the menu is made to order from the daily delivery of fresh Halal meat. The results – particularly the chicken dishes – are meltingly tender. With its low prices, and delicious mango lassis, this could be a great neighbourhood restaurant. And the take-away option means that you can enjoy the New Pakistani Café experience at home – with a cold lager if preferred.
This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
A dimly lit café that manages to be unfussy and quirky at the same time, the New Pakistani Café sells tasty food in generous portions. Though predominantly a takeaway, there is plenty of seating and atmosphere to make dining in an enjoyable experience. Celebrating its national identity boldly in its décor, the Pakistani flag is created with lights on the back wall, photographs of the country and its people hang throughout and a flat screen television plays Bollywood and traditional south Asian music. Although the menu offers European-style curries, it seems silly to seek out this restaurant for such fare. For a more authentic flavour of Pakistan, opt for a karahi dish, which the waiter simply describes as 'spicier'. Most meat dishes are served on the bone, and Lahori chicken karai is hot with chilli, and pieces of ginger the size of pineapple chunks. Gobi gosht, made with lamb and cauliflower, is milder than the chicken, with coriander prevailing. The café is as popular with solo diners as with groups gathering for a casual meal.
- High point: Generous main courses
- Low point: Pakora could be lighter
- Delivery: £1.50 or more for deliveries further afield
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Bollywood and traditional Indian music
- Capacity: 38
- Largest group: 38
- Open since: 2011
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