The Den at Dining In with Mother India
- Telephone 0141 334 3815
- Seasonal times Closed Mon/Tue
- Food served Mon–Thu 11.30am–10pm; Fri/Sat 11.30am–10.30pm; Sun noon–10pm. Closed Mon/Tue
- Average price £14.50 (lunch); £14.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.motherindiaglasgow.co.uk
Intimate restaurant-deli delivering the traditional, home-style cooking of the Mother India group in a simpler, imaginative version.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Immediately adjacent to their popular café on Argyle Street sits perhaps the most accomplished of all Mother India’s successful ventures. This delicatessen-bistro hybrid offers, on one side of the room, a deli counter catering for locals with an array of exotic delights: fresh herbs, Indian vegetables, recipe cards and ready-made dishes to heat up at home. The other side of the room is populated by diners choosing from a short but innovative menu (staff are also happy to cook up anything from the more extensive takeaway menu if you wish). This duality creates a convivial community atmosphere, giving the experience a warmer charm than would be possible in the restaurant itself. The menu is well-conceived, full of original dishes delivered exceptionally well, and there is no sense that sundries are an afterthought thanks to an interesting and enticing bread selection – radish paratha, anyone? Even more ordinary options such as the dhal starter made with black lentils is so delicately balanced and flavoursome that it lingers in the mind for days afterwards … perhaps they have a recipe card for it.
- High point: Innovative menu
- Low point: Strange wall art
- Notable dish: Dhal makni
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 24
- Largest group: 24
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £14 per bottle
- BYOB: £3.95 wine/4 beers; £4.25 fizz corkage