The Den at Dining In with Mother India
- Telephone 0141 334 3815
- Food served Mon–Thu 11.30am–10pm; Fri/Sat 11.30am–10.30pm; Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.motherindiaglasgow.co.uk
From the award-winning Mother India group, this cosy diner and deli-takeaway is a unique way to experience top Indian cuisine.
It will be a black day for the rest of Glasgow's Indian takeaways if Mother India ever decides to deliver. While it remains collection only, a carryout from this successful restaurant group is the preserve of those lucky enough to live, or be passing, within aroma distance of a branch. Dining In is the obvious venue for takeaways as it also sells deli items and several grab-and-go chilled options to reheat in your own kitchen - with set-menus offering great value, even with the DIY bit at home. If collecting hot food, expect the sort of service where minutes matter when handing over curries of the highest order. A self-confidently short menu includes vegetable pakora heady with herby hits, a supremely tasty classic butter chicken and the deliciously different tender lamb with leeks. Sundries such as breads and rice show the same slick, superior side of the city's Indian matriarch.
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
- Delivery: ask for details
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Capacity: 24
- Largest group: 36
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle
- BYOB: £3.95 wine/4 beers; £4.25 fizz corkage