Punjabi Charing Cross
- Telephone 0141 221 3926
- Food served Mon–Wed 4.30–11.30pm; Thu & Sun noon–2.30pm 4.30–11.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.30pm, 4.30pm–midnight
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Sat 4.30–7pm
- Average price £5.95 (Thu/Fri); £14 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.95 (3 courses)
- Website www.punjabicharingcross.co.uk
After keeping Southsiders happy for decades at its Paisley Road West original, Punjabi have brought their quality North Indian cuisine to Charing Cross. The new restaurant is in a rather tricky spot, teetering on the edge of the M8, where various pubs have come and gone recently – although being adjacent to ale-house Bon Accord is a huge plus. Inside are remnants of past lives with the fraternal co-owners retaining the old pub's dark wood bar (well stocked, with Cobra on tap) and gent's club-style seating while adding warm colours and decorative flourishes creating a comfortable setting, bolstered by friendly, helpful service. To start there are various pakora – deliciously done, light and plump – and pooris, tandoori snacks and specialities such as the impressive malai chicken, marinated in mild spices, mustard and coconut. The main dishes – split into popular, tandoori and specials – can be prepared with various meats, fish or vegetables, and include bhoona, biryani, dansak, karahi and a nicely spiced rogan josh. Meat on the bone is recommended as the lamb mulaidhar is a triumphant blend of lean succulent lamb in a rich spinach sauce enlivened with lime, coriander and chunky chilli pieces. Prices are favourably comparable with the numerous curryhouses nearby and there are great value three-course lunch and pre-theatre deals.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Since 2011, Punjabi at Charing Cross has prided itself on being a quaint and comfortable setting for good food. But the restaurant has been trading in some form in the city for over three decades, before moving to its new surroundings. An ideal stop-off in the transition from city centre to West End, Punjabi offers hearty, homely dishes and a warm welcome. Freshly made poppadums are placed in front of diners upon entry, with a smile that stays with the server till the end. With a classic backdrop, once a traditional pub, this curryhouse offers a big dose of good service and an array of South Asian specialities. Dishes to look out for include the haggis pakora starter and the Goanese lamb curry, as well as the mulaidhar chicken. With a variety of freshly made naans and a good selection of side dishes, the menu easily caters for all. Open every day of the week, Punjabi is a hit with nearby office workers and revellers from the Bon Accord next door.
- High point: Friendly service
- Low point: Draught beer
- Notable dish: Goanese lamb curry
- Delivery: £1.50–£2.50
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle
- BYOB: none corkage